Hard-Cooked Eggs Recipe
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Hard-Cooked Eggs Recipe

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Our home economists share this recipe for hard-cooked eggs that can be eaten plain or used in various recipes.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 12 eggs
  • Cold water

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 75 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 213mg cholesterol, 63mg sodium, 1g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0g fiber), 6g protein


  1. Place eggs in a single layer in a large saucepan; add enough cold water to cover by 1 in. Cover and quickly bring to a boil. Remove from the heat. Let stand for 15 minutes for large eggs (18 minutes for extra-large eggs and 12 minutes for medium eggs).
  2. Rinse eggs in cold water and place in ice water until completely cooled. Drain and refrigerate. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Hard-Cooked Eggs in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2003, p168

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Reviewed Apr. 3, 2015

"You must boil those eggs for a few minutes first before they done. 6 minutes for mine. Then turn off and put in cold water to cool."

Reviewed Nov. 23, 2012

"My yolks were undercooked, but that may be because of our high elevation. If you live at high elevation, you will need to let the eggs cook a few more minutes or let them stand in the hot water longer."

Reviewed Oct. 5, 2012

"I just learned how to steam eggs. Love it!! one cup water in your sauce pan add steamer basket add eggs put the lid on it and steam for 15 min. Perfect!!"

Reviewed Apr. 2, 2011

"I found the video helpful. When I crack my eggs I crush the ends first. It seems to help"

Reviewed Mar. 25, 2011

"I have used this recipe for years works great. I add a little salt to the water just in case an egg cracks, this prevents it from running all over in the water. Drain and add the cold water, works great."

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