How to make a perfect hard-boiled egg in under 15 minutes

by Mike Macias on August 9, 2012

Listen up dads, dudes, and maybe even a few ladies. You can call this the hard-boiled egg recipe for dummies!

If you want a quick and hearty breakfast the hard-boiled egg on top of toast or a bagel can be the perfect meal. Like my wife and I, you can plan out your breakfast for the entire week by boiling as many eggs as you need on Sunday night. For all the dudes out there who have no idea where to start, you can use my hard-boiled egg instructions below to make your busy mornings easier!


Perfect hard-boiled eggs recipe

1. Get out a saucepan and gently place eggs inside. Add cold tap water from the sink. How much water? Put your finger on the top of an egg and let the water reach the middle of your finger, just below is fine too. About half an inch is what you’re looking for.

2. Set your stove to the high and bring water to a boil (yes, with the eggs too). This step should only take a few minutes, depending on your stove.

eggs boiling

3. When you’re water is boiling immediately turn the flame to low-medium and set a timer to 10 minutes. Now the eggs are cookin!

Note: If this recipe comes out over-boiled and too hard then you can change the cook time to 8 minutes instead of 10.

4. Get a bowl of cold water ready to drop the eggs in when I tell you. You want it ice cold, so drop in some ice cubes!

5. 10 minutes should be up now! Turn off the heat and place the eggs into the ice cold water with a spoon. Don’t burn yourself! Let the eggs cool for a few minutes then take them out and DONE!

The whole process should not take more than 20 minutes!

Go ahead and peel one of the eggs. Pepper it up a bit and take a bite. It will be yummy! If you don’t plan on eating them now just put them into a zip-lock bag and store in the fridge. Hard-boiled eggs can last up to a week before you should start worrying about an upset stomach or worse — the runs! Don’t want to go there.

Why put the hard-boiled eggs in ice cold water?

Sometimes you get a greenish ring on the inside of your hard-boiled egg. It’s because the egg was too hot for too long. The green ring can’t harm you, but it looks gross. Cooling the eggs immediately should help eliminate this problem!

So what does the hard-broiled egg go best with? 

It’s up to you to decide. I have a few favorites…

Bagel with ham and hard-boiled egg!

I usually butter some toast, place the peeled egg on top, and chop it up a bit. Add pepper and BAM it’s delicious. If I’m really hungry do the same procedure on a bagel with cream cheese and ham. It’s even better than the buttered toast.

Give it a shot and let me know how it goes. Be sure to tell your wife that you learned how to cook!

Parts of this recipe was inspired by GoodEgg.com

  • Marty

    …I think I learned this when I was about 6-yrs old.. you neglected to mention on how to go about making the toast!

    • http://www.themobilefanatics.com Mike Macias

      Thanks Marty for your insightful comment…

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