How to Make Hard-Boiled Eggs: A Complete Guide

Introduction to Hard-Boiled Eggs

Hard-boiled eggs are eggs that have been cooked in their shells until the whites and yolks are firm. They are easy to prepare and make a convenient and healthy snack or addition to meals.

Selecting Eggs


Select fresh eggs for hard-boiling to ensure easier peeling and better texture. Older eggs are preferred for hard-boiling as they tend to peel more easily than fresh ones.


Choose eggs of similar size to ensure even cooking. Larger eggs may require slightly longer cooking times than smaller ones.

Methods for Making Hard-Boiled Eggs

Stovetop Method

The stovetop method involves boiling eggs in water on the stovetop until cooked to the desired level of doneness.

Instant Pot Method

The Instant Pot method utilizes a pressure cooker to cook eggs quickly and efficiently.

Steps for Making Hard-Boiled Eggs

Stovetop Method Instructions

  1. Place eggs in a single layer in a saucepan and cover with cold water, ensuring the eggs are submerged by at least an inch.
  2. Bring the water to a boil over medium-high heat.
  3. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low and cover the saucepan.
  4. Simmer the eggs for 9-12 minutes, depending on desired doneness (9 minutes for softer yolks, 12 minutes for firmer yolks).
  5. Remove the eggs from the saucepan and transfer them to a bowl of ice water to cool for easier peeling.

Instant Pot Method Instructions

  1. Place a steamer basket or rack in the Instant Pot and add 1 cup of water.
  2. Arrange the eggs on the steamer basket or rack in a single layer.
  3. Seal the Instant Pot and set it to cook on high pressure for 5 minutes.
  4. Once the cooking cycle is complete, allow the pressure to release naturally for 5 minutes, then use quick release to release any remaining pressure.
  5. Transfer the eggs to a bowl of ice water to cool for easier peeling.

Tips for Perfect Hard-Boiled Eggs

Using Older Eggs

Use eggs that are at least 7-10 days old for hard-boiling, as older eggs tend to peel more easily than fresh ones.

Peeling Tips

To peel easily, gently tap the eggs on a hard surface to crack the shells, then roll them between your hands to loosen the shells before peeling.


Hard-boiled eggs can be stored in the refrigerator for up to one week. Store them in their shells or peeled, in an airtight container, to maintain freshness.


Making hard-boiled eggs is a simple and versatile cooking skill that can be mastered with a few basic steps. following the methods and tips outlined in this guide, you can enjoy perfectly cooked hard-boiled eggs for snacks, meals, and recipes.