Perfect Hard-Boiled Eggs

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Perfect Hard-Boiled Eggs

[Photograph: J. Kenji López-Alt. Videos: Serious Eats Video.]

Perfect hard-boiled eggs require the right technique. We cooked dozens and dozens of eggs before arriving at this method, which delivers eggs that are evenly cooked throughout, with just-set yolks.

  • Yield:Makes 1 to 6 eggs
  • Active time: 5 minutes
  • Total time:12 to 20 minutes
  • Rated:


  • 3 quarts water
  • 1 to 6 large eggs


  1. 1.

    Bring water to a boil in a large pot. Carefully lower eggs into pot and continue to boil for 30 seconds. Cover tightly, reduce heat to low (water should maintain a bare simmer), and continue cooking for 11 minutes. Serve immediately if serving hot. If serving cold, immediately place eggs in a bowl of ice water and allow to cool for at least 15 minutes before peeling under cool running water. Store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.