Never struggle to peel a hard boiled egg again. This step-by-step photo tutorial will show you exactly how to make easy peel hard boiled eggs that peel beautifully every time.

Prep: 5 minCook: 12 minTotal: 17 minutes
Servings: 6-12 cooked eggs 1x


  • 6 to 12 whole eggs
  • Water
  • Ice


  1. Fill a large pot or saucepan about 3/4 full with water. Place the pot over medium-high heat and bring the water to a rolling boil.
  2. After the water has come to a boil, use a slotted spoon to gently slip the eggs, one at a time, into the boiling water.
  3. Keep the water at a gentle and rolling (but not vigorous boil). If the water is boiling to vigorously, it increases the chances of the eggs cracking). Adjust the heat as necessary.
  4. Set a timer for 12 minutes to make hard-cooked yolks. If you prefer softer-cooked yolks, set a timer for 10 minutes.
  5. While the eggs are boiling, prepare an ice bath by filling a medium bowl half way with ice and adding water.
  6. Once the boiling time is done, use the slotted spoon to immediately transfer the eggs from the boiling water to the ice bath. Let the eggs sit in ice water for 10 minutes.
  7. After the 10 minutes, the eggs will be cool enough to handle and are ready to be peeled. Store the cooked eggs in the refrigerator, peeled or unpeeled, for up to 1 week. 


A 2-quart pot works great for boiling up to 12 eggs.

Hard boiled eggs will last for one week in the refrigerator, unpeeled, when stored in an airtight container.

If cooking hard boiled eggs at altitude, we recommend increasing the boiling time by 10%-15%.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size: 1 whole hard boiled egg
  • Calories: 70
  • Fat: 5 g
  • (Sat Fat: 2 g)
  • Sodium: 70 mg
  • Carbohydrate: 0 g
  • (Fiber: 0 g
  • Sugar: 0 g)
  • Protein: 6 g
  • Cholesterol: 207 mg


© The Real Food Dietitians
Recipe By: Stacie Hassing