How to: Hard Boiled Eggs

Monday, January 13, 2014

Can we just talk about hard boiled eggs? They are so simple yet so much can go wrong- the shells can stick to the eggs, the eggs can be too soft, the eggs can be overcooked... the list goes on. But last weekend was jam-packed with friends in town, a concert, and a post-church bottomless brunch that caused me to be completely worthless on Sunday night, meaning grocery shopping did not happen, meaning the only food in the fridge was half a tub of Greek Yogurt and 8 eggs. So I boiled some eggs for my breakfast for the week. Delicious, nutritious, and oh so filling.

Here's how I did it, including my secret ingredient that ensures those shells don't stick to the eggs (ugh really what is worse than spending approximately 30 minutes peeling an egg only to end up with half of the hard-boiled egg surviving the peeling disaster?) and that the eggs are perfectly boiled (what else can you ask for?). Plus this is so easy, it takes minimal effort (obviously since I did this after a bottomless brunch).

Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins

  • Eggs (however many you want)
  • Water
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
Put the eggs in one layer in a pot. Add enough water that the eggs are covered with one inch-ish of water. Now add 1 teaspoon of baking soda (this is the secret ingredient that makes sure your shell doesn't stick to the egg! I read about 10000 theories on why this is and decided, hey it works I don't need to know why).

Place the pot on the stove with the heat on high. Bring to a rolling boil (example of rolling boil below- it's like warzone boiling). Let the rolling boil go for one minute (set a timer). Once the minute is up, remove the pot from the heat, cover the pot, and let the pot with hot water and eggs set for 10 minutes (set your timer again!).

After the ten minutes, transfer the eggs into a bowl. Fill the bowl with ice water and let the eggs set in the ice water for 5 minutes.

And that's it! You have perfectly easy to peel hard boiled eggs!

What other little secrets like baking powder are out there??

Here is an example of "rolling boil"

Nutrition Info for one large hard boiled egg:


  1. I need to have more hard-boiled eggs in the fridge available for a snack; they are a great healthy option! I was making egg salad earlier this week and actually had to look up how to hard-boil eggs :s I should have ran across this post earlier :)

    Thanks for sharing! I will try adding baking soda next time.

    1. let me know how the baking soda works out for you! Hard boiled eggs are one of my favorite snacks for sure!


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