How to Make Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

How to Make Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

Chef John 21703

"This method makes the most perfect hard-boiled eggs ever. The whites are firm but not rubbery, and the yolks are cooked and still creamy."


50 m servings 72 cals
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Original recipe yields 6 servings



  • Calories:
  • 72 kcal
  • 4%
  • Fat:
  • 5 g
  • 8%
  • Carbs:
  • 0.4g
  • < 1%
  • Protein:
  • 6.3 g
  • 13%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 186 mg
  • 62%
  • Sodium:
  • 70 mg
  • 3%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Place eggs into a saucepan and pour in cold water to cover; place over high heat. When the water just starts to simmer, turn off heat, cover pan with a lid, and let stand for 17 minutes. Don't peek.
  2. Pour out the hot water and pour cold water over eggs. Drain and refill with cold water; let stand until eggs are cool, about 20 minutes. Peel eggs under running water.
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  1. 46 Ratings


This is a tried and true method for perfectly cooked hard-boiled eggs... and the only method I've used for years. (I used to struggle mightily to hard-cook a decent egg.) For those who are com...

I didn't know how *wrong* my eggs were until I made them the right way. These were not green, they were not rubbery, and creamy is exactly how I'd describe them. Just a simple change in techni...

For those who've had trouble with the white sticking to the shell, the problem is not with the's that the eggs are too fresh! You should buy your eggs about a week ahead of the time...

This recipe completely failed me. I followed the video exactly. When I cracked one open this morning for breakfast, it collapsed in a puddle. So disappointed, because that means I have five more...

Ugh! This recipe fails sometimes and sometimes not. I'm really at a loss here to explain why it works sometimes and sometimes not. Any ideas out there?

This worked great! Nothing looked or felt rubbery. Five stars Chef John, these deserve it. :)

Perfect eggs! This is my go to hard boiled egg recipe! Thank you for posting!

After following the directions as listed, I was very disappointed with how the eggs turned out. The whites clung to the shell and the yolks were barely hard...resembling cool molasses. This is...

My eggs came out perfectly! Instead of draining the water the second time, I added ice to the water to cool the eggs further.