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Cooking hard boiled eggs is easy, but if you haven't done it before it can be difficult to know what steps to take to get a perfectly smooth thouroughly cooked egg. This is a page about cooking hard boiled eggs.


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When boiling eggs: after they come to a boil, turn the burner off and put a lid on the pot. Let them sit for around 30 minutes. They will then be done.

Source: From my local electric company many years ago.

By Rosemary from Tipp City, OH

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Save electricity bills when boiling eggs by putting the eggs in cold water, bring to the boil, then immediately turn off the heat and leave the eggs in the hot water for the length of time you like. They go on cooking.

By Lucy from England

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To test if an egg is hard boiled or still has a way to go in the pot, try this: Remove from hot water and lay gently on it's side on the counter top. Spin it; if it spins nicely it is boiled. If it looks like it's wobbling and shoots off to one direction, it is still raw. I use this method when I forget to set my timer!


By attosa from Los Angeles, CA

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I just want to say something about this "newfangled" idea of cooking eggs. All the sites, papers, etc. now claim that you are to bring the eggs to a boil in the water and turn them off and let stand for 15 to 17 minutes. You know ladies, I have been boiling eggs for 43 years. So I tried this way, several times. I ended up with eggs that are not done. When I was 19, I learned to hardboil eggs by boiling them for 10 minutes, at least, at a full boil. My eggs were fine and I never had underdone eggs for years and years. So now, I try to keep up with the times, and I end up with 4 dozen undercooked eggs! And, no I did not cook them all together.


I will go back to my regular cooking method which has always worked for me. Thank you for letting me sound off!

By Bonnie from Martinsburg

Editor's Note: Thanks for posting this! It's always nice to know what works and what doesn't work for people. I checked a few of my cookbooks and didn't see any instructions for cooking eggs in this "new-fangled" way. They were in agreement to start the eggs in cold water and bring to a boil. Then you can either continue boiling for 8-10 minutes or reduce the heat to a simmer (still steaming) for 10-15 minutes. Has anyone else had any experience with the "right" way to hard cook eggs?

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First, put eggs in a pan and fill with enough cold water to cover eggs completely, then bring water to a rapid boil. As soon as the water reaches a rapid boil, remove pan from heat and cover pan tightly with a lid.

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Take cold eggs from fridge and set carefully into a small pan with tightly fitting lid. Cover eggs with COLD water (just to the very top of the eggs)

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May 4, 2005

If you have an egg that cracks while boiling all you have to do is add a little vinegar to the water and it will help the shell to seal so your egg will still be good.

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Can an egg be boiled in an electric skillet?

By Amie from Visalia, CA


March 9, 20100 found this helpful

If you are talking about boiling an egg in the shell, like for hard boiled eggs, I don't think you can boil them in an electric skillet. They aren't deep enough for the water to completely cover the egg.


It might work to make poached eggs in the skillet, because they are normally made in a frying pan of some kind, that has boiling water in it.

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March 10, 20101 found this helpful

I've never tried it but my electric skillet is deep enough to put the eggs in so they would be completely covered with water. My advice would be to experiment by seeing if you can even bring water to a boil in it, place in one egg, turn skillet off and check the egg after about 12 minutes. As long as the water will boil in the skillet and the egg can be completely covered I don't see why it wouldn't work because I just barely cover my eggs with water in a saucepan, bring to boil, turn off and take out after 12 minutes.


Please let us know the outcome if you give it a try ;-)

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March 15, 20100 found this helpful

Thank you Deeli. My stove and oven aren't working at this time and money is short at the moment so I'm having to cook everything in the microwave, electric skillet or my electric BBQ. I'm going to try boiling one egg first. I will definitely let you know if it works. Thanks again for the advice.


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March 15, 20100 found this helpful

You're so welcome, Amie, and I am looking forward to seeing if it will work for you in your electric skillet :-) I've been there and done that with not having a microwave and stove/oven once (one whole year - yikes) so I realize the importance of finding alternatives ;-)


Deeli :-)

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March 17, 20101 found this helpful

Deeli, I wanted to let you know that I did try boiling an egg in the electric skillet. It worked! Yeah! I did have to do it a couple of times to get it hard boiled. I first tried it the way that you had suggested and it came out soft boiled, so then I tried it again doing it a little different, I put the egg in the water and brought it to a boil, turned it off and let it set for about 20 minutes and it came out perfect. I'm now going to attempt cooking biscuits in there, I found a recipe for it. I'll let you know how they turned out. Thank you again for your help and advice, if you have any other recipes for the electric skillet that you might want to share with me, please feel free to do so. Thanks again! Amie

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March 18, 20101 found this helpful

Amie that is wonderful news! :-) In thinking about it, it makes sense that it would take longer for the egg to hard cook because the water wouldn't come to the same hard rolling boil as a pan! I am glad you tried it twice! Hey, now we all know it works for certain and how much time it takes for both hard and soft boiled ;-)

I have dozens and dozens of recipes that would work in an electric skillet so just let me know what your favorite foods are and I'll be happy to send you some :-)

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March 19, 20103 found this helpful

Deeli, I wanted to let you know how the biscuits turned out in the electric skillet! They were awesome! My next project is trying to make a cake in the electric skillet, I've found a few recipes for it. They are pretty much the same so, I'll let you know once I've tried it and let you know how it turns out. I also found a recipe for making brownies in the crockpot, I'm also going to try that one soon.

As for the recipes that I had ask you for, any kind of Mexican food, Italian, one thing I would love to know if you've tried making in the electric skillet is homemade Mac & Cheese? Any kind of casseroles would be a great a help. Thanks again for all the information that you have provide me with. I am very grateful and appreciated it so much. Take care and have a great weekend. Amie

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July 21, 20190 found this helpful

Yes it can be done just did it .
Set temperature to 400 to get water boil drop in eggs when water boil and put lid on.set temperature down to 375 cook 15 minutes then turn off let set for 10 minutes

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September 1, 20190 found this helpful

I did it in a pinch , not my fave way but got em boiled for some tuna salad :-)

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September 1, 20190 found this helpful

Thank you, I'm going to give it a try, tuna salad just ain't the same without them.

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September 20, 2018

It's easy to add a couple of eggs to any batch of rice, for lunch the next day. This is a page about cook hard boiled eggs in the rice cooker.

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June 28, 2018

Your oven is a surprising place to cook eggs right in the shell. This is a page about how to make "hard boiled" eggs in the oven.

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This is a page about marking hard boiled eggs. If you are storing hard boiled eggs in the same carton as your raw ones, marking will remove the confusion and prevent an accidental mess in the kitchen.

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February 4, 2009

After years of trying to make perfect boiled eggs for Deviled Eggs, and ending up with chunks out of them, I have finally found the answers. Begin by placing your eggs in a single layer in a pan and covering with cold water. Add a wooden toothpick (believe it or not, this will keep the egg shells from cracking while they are cooking). Bring the water to a rolling boil. Boil for one minute, cover and remove from the heat. Allow to cool.

Now for the hard part; peeling them without tearing them. Place a coffee filter in your sink to cover the drain. Turn on the cold water faucet with a slow stream of water. Strike the shell on the counter to crack, then gently press the shell until it is all cracked.

Start at the large end of the egg, and while holding it under the stream of water, start slowly peeling the shell away. Let the shells fall into the coffee filter. The water will drain away, and when the job is finished, gather the filter and egg shells and drop into the trash, Or better yet, add it to your garden compost.

To cut the eggs smoothly into halves, dip your knife in cold water first, To dress up those "Pretty" deviled eggs, sprinkle with Paprika.

By Harlean from Hot Springs, Arkansas

Source: This is an accumulation from trial and error of all the tips I have heard over the years. I have tried them all, but kept the best.


Tips For Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

For hardboiled eggs that are easier to peel, start with old eggs (that have been in your fridge a few weeks). Very fresh eggs will be hard to peel. To prevent cracking, make a tiny hole in the round/larger end with a push pin before boiling. (01/14/2009)

By OliveOyl

Tips for Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

I agree with OliveOyl. I too thought I had the perfect method of bringing them to a boil and letting them sit for 15 Minutes but when I started buying eggs from Costco, they were at times within a few days of being laid and that didn't work for them as they were hard to peel unless I let them age a little. You can tell how old eggs are by finding the Julian Date that they were laid on the cartons. It will be a two or three digit number. Julian Dates run from 1 for January 1 through 365 for December 31.

Altitude you live in also affects the time you need to hard boil eggs. I lived in a town that was 3000 feet high They were not done there at 15 minutes. It was nine years ago but I think I had to wait 18 minutes before peeling at that altitude.

Another good hint that I learned from a professional chef was that you could hard boil the eggs and after they have sat in the water the appropriate time for where you live, Pour the hot water off and cover them with ice water (I use water and ice cubes) and then drain the water off and shake the pan back and forth. The shells at times (seems to depend on the age of the eggs) will slip right off while you're shaking the pan. (01/15/2009)

By Kathryen

Tips for Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

Thanks for all the good ideas. I'd like to add one. When needing to transport as well as 'display' your finished eggs - use a vegetable peeler to 'even-off' the non-filled side of the egg and they'll stand-up straight for a 'perfect presentation'! (01/15/2009)

By Jayne

Tips for Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

Here's some more tips ;-)

Pierce the large end of the egg with a needle because this will release the pressure and the eggs won't crack. As soon as you remove the eggs from the stove drain and continue rinsing with cold water until the pan is cooled. Drain and shake the pan back and forth vigorously to crack the shells and let rest for about five minutes. Add more cold water to the pan and peel in the water. (01/15/2009)

By Deeli

Tips for Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

The best way to crack hard boiled eggs is to drain most but not all of the water out of the pan and then shake and bounce the eggs which will crack them and not bust up the egg whites. Also, if you can't peel immediately, let the cracked eggs sit in water so the membrane doesn't dry out, and they will easily peel even a couple of days later. (01/15/2009)

By Dakota

Tips for Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

The older the egg is the easier it is to peel. If I know I want to make deviled eggs for an occasion, I buy the eggs 2 weeks or so before I want to use them. They will still have a week or more to go before the expiration date. (01/15/2009)

By Janette

Tips for Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

A friend of mine gave me the perfect solution for peeling the eggs. After cracking them, open the large end of the egg slightly and put a teaspoon inside this opening. The spoon should be between the egg and the thin skin. Revolve the spoon around the egg and it will come out in one piece. Also to fill deviled eggs more quickly put in to a ziploc bag, cut a tiny corner off and use it to squeeze the yellow filling on to the egg quickly and without a mess. Just throw away the bag and you're done! (01/16/2009)

By TheBonster

Tips for Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

I too use the boil for 1 minute, cover and take off heat for 10 minutes. Then I immediately spoon them into a bowl filled with ice water. Use lots and lots of ice. It keeps the yellow part from turning green. All of the various peeling methods mentioned do work. (01/16/2009)

By OGeorgie

Tips for Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

Regarding how long hard boiled eggs kept in frigde and in shell: No more than one week to be safe and less if the shell has a crack in it. (01/16/2009)

By Deeli

Tips for Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

First, I take a small stainless steel dog food bowl, fill it with cold water and put it in the freezer compartment of my refrigerator. Then I add eggs to a pot of warm water and start heating. When the water begins to boil, turn down the heat to a gentle simmer and leave it there for three minutes. Then remove the pan completely from the heat and cover for fifteen minutes.

Then, remove the dog food bowl from the freezer, place one egg at a time in the cold water. Stir it around for about thirty seconds, remove it, dry it, crack it and peel it.
I use a dog food bowl because I have one and because a steel container like that will react more quickly to a temperature differential than would plastic of ceramic, i.e. the water cools faster.

The cold water helps the egg shell come off very easily. (01/16/2009)

By Tracy

Tips for Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

I used to have trouble peeling the shells off the eggs. I boil them for 13-15 minutes, take them off the stove and immediately turn the cold water on and let it mix with the boiling water. After the water runs for a few minutes, I leave a small stream of cold water running and start shelling them. I think the trick to this is the eggs are still warm and the shells come off easily. I do not have trouble since I started doing this. (01/16/2009)

By Mary

Tips for Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

All I do is, cover the eggs with cold water bring to a boil. When it comes to a full boil take it off the heat and cover it tightly for ten 10 minutes. Presto! A perfect hard boil egg! Go ahead and try it next time, and let me know what you think! (01/27/2009)

By Denice

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January 14, 2009

Put the eggs in a pan filled with cold water. Put in 1/4 cup of salt. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat and cover with lid.

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