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Hard-Boiled Eggs

In the kitchen, it's important to start with something simple, like how to cook hard-boiled eggs. Use this egg recipe in plenty of dishes, or eat them plain for a quick protein fix. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 12 large eggs
  • Cold water


  • 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).
  • Rinse eggs in cold water and place in ice water until completely cooled. Drain and refrigerate.
Nutrition Facts
1 egg: 75 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 213mg cholesterol, 63mg sodium, 1g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 6g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 medium-fat meat.

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  • klabelle9
    Jan 1, 2020

    Turned out perfectly for me!

  • ladiana50
    Feb 23, 2018

    To have even the freshest eggs peel easily instead of coming off in chunks, add baking soda to you water while cooking them. After they are really cooled in cold water, possibly even refrigerated. The shells will just slip right off! I love this trick!!

  • Jacqueline
    Oct 25, 2017

    i get my eggs to room temp quickly. Boil water. Add my Large eggs. Cook for 5 minutes. Remove from heat Let stand for 5 minutes Crack the shells (Do not peel) Place in a bowl of room temp water for a minute or so, then peel. Place in fridge.

  • catlady90632
    Jul 29, 2017

    I did eggs like this for 50 years and they came out fine. But since I got my InstantPot there is nothing like it! 1/2 cup of water, eggs in steamer basket on a trivet, seal and set for 5 minutes on manual, manual release and the shells fall off!

  • brandli5
    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.

  • kenandmary
    Jan 14, 2013

    No comment left

  • bdieges
    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.

  • rhobleymattson
    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!!

  • maize24
    Apr 2, 2011

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

  • galhall
    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.