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How to Make Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

Do you know how to make perfect hard boiled eggs? This simple method has worked great for us! There’s a secret ingredient that makes these eggs so easy to peel. Eggs are important to a frugal kitchen since they’re a less-expensive protein. We even make egg recipes for dinner.

These hard boiled eggs are mostly used for my kids to independent at breakfast time, plus they make a good high-protein snack! And since we keep a bowl of them in the fridge each week, my husband often makes egg salad for his lunch.

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How to make perfect hard boiled eggs

I was looking for a solution to a very common problem that was causing us a lot of trouble in the mornings–hard boiled eggs that wouldn’t peel easily.

The shell would break into too many pieces, or the egg would come off with the shell. Since my kids often eat an egg along with their toast or waffles in the morning, this was happening too often!

I happened upon this video by Tim Ferriss (of the very famous Four Hour Work Week):

In the video, not only does Tim share the recipe for making perfect hard boiled eggs, he also demonstrates a fun way to peel them–by blowing the egg right out of the shell.

We have tried time and time again and have not been able to do that a single time successfully. But we have been using the recipe ever since, and it is so helpful!

There are so many methods out there for boiling eggs, but this one has been successful for us for quite a while now! I use a regular-sized saucepan and add 6-8 eggs for each batch.

dozen white eggs in cardboard container

What to do with hard boiled eggs

Besides a quick breakfast, we also use them as extra protein in packed swim meet meals or chopped on top of lunch or dinner salads. There are so many boiled egg recipes for dinner that you can try.

You can also make everyone’s party favorite, deviled eggs. We always bring deviled eggs to our monthly game nights, and they disappear quickly! They’re such an easy party food, so we love to bring them to potlucks and picnics in a handy egg container.

How to hard boil eggs

Yield: 6 servings

Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

This simple method for hard boiled eggs has a secret ingredient that makes these eggs so easy to peel.

Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 14 minutes


  • 6 eggs
  • water
  • baking soda
  • ice cubes


  • Add cold eggs to a saucepan and cover with water, with approximately two inches above the eggs.
  • Add 1 tsp of baking soda.
  • Bring to a boil on high heat. Then, turn heat down to low and let boil slowly for 12 minutes.
  • Remove from heat, drain hot water, and add cold water and ice cubes.
  • Drain eggs and refrigerate.
  • Nutrition Information:



    Serving Size:


    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 72Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 186mgSodium: 282mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 6g
    How to make perfect hard boiled eggs


    Monday 3rd of April 2023

    That's how I've been boiling them but w/o baking soda, not necessary. Leave in ice water vfor around 15 min..


    Monday 3rd of April 2023

    FRESH eggs never peel easily. I leave mine out on the counter for half a day then cover with cold water bring to boil and cook for 9 minutes. Immediately drain and crack each egg then.cover with ice water. Always peel easy

    Susan Repp

    Thursday 30th of March 2023

    How long do you leave them in cold ice water before draining?


    Friday 31st of March 2023

    I set a timer for 5 minutes, but if they're in there longer, it's no problem. Just drain them and refrigerate.


    Thursday 8th of September 2022

    I use the instapot. 4 minutes to come to pressure, cook time 4 minutes, decompress 4 minutes before releasing pressure, put in ice bath. Perfect every time and easy to peel.


    Saturday 30th of March 2024

    @Kristen,How can you estimate 4 minutes to come to pressure? Won't the temperature of the water and eggs also change the time? And the size of the Instapot?


    Sunday 19th of December 2021

    I have tried , the baking soda method, but it does'nt work very well , with fresh laid eggs. But I add a tablespoon of White Vinegar to the water, before I put the eggs into boil. Works like a charm , the eggs peel very smoothly.

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