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Easy Hard Boiled Eggs Recipe

HOW TO MAKE THE PERFECT HARD BOILED EGGS

Hard boiled eggs can do more than just feature on top of your favourite salad or as the base for delicious deviled eggs.

A hard boiled egg is also a versatile and healthy snack in its own right.

Hard Boiled Eggs

Cooking a great hard boiled egg really comes down to timing. The cooking time for one or two hard boiled eggs is 8 minutes. If you’re cooking a few more in the saucepan, add an extra minute to your timer.

Ready to crack into some easy hard boiled eggs, get your timer ready.

Preparation time 5 mins

Ingredients

  • Eggs
  • Tap water
  • Salt and pepper

Method

Step 1: Take a saucepan and half fill it with cold water from the tap. Gently lower the eggs into the saucepan one at a time.

Step 2: Place the pan over a medium heat. When the water reaches a simmer, start the timer so you can precisely time the cooking process. If you gently stir the eggs in a clockwise direction, the movement of the water will help centre the yolks.

Step 3: Simmer the eggs for 8 minutes for hard boiled eggs

Step 4: Use a slotted spoon to remove the eggs from the water.

Step 5: Cool the eggs by running them under cold tap water for 30-60 seconds or placing them in a bowl of iced water. Cooling helps to prevent the egg from forming a green ring around the yolks.

Notes

  • Don't boil the water too hard: a light simmer is all that you need.
  • Don't overcook the eggs, even for hard boiled eggs. The yolks will start turning grey and the whites will go rubbery.
  • To peel a hard boiled egg, first run it under cold tap water or submerge it in a bowl of cold water. Then gently crack the shell all over by tapping it on a hard surface and roll it around in your hands to help loosen the shell.
  • Don’t know whether your egg is hard boiled or still fresh? Spin it. If the egg spins around smoothly and evenly then it’s hard boiled.
  • If cooking more than two eggs, make sure your eggs fit in the saucepan in a single layer.
  • Don’t just glance at the clock, set a timer to get consistent hard boiled eggs every time.
  • Hard boiled eggs can be refrigerated for up to 7 days, but get them in the fridge within two hours of cooking.
  • Store your hard boiled eggs in an air-tight container in the refrigerator. Eggshells are porous, and without a protective container it can absorb some of the smells and flavours of the fridge.

Hard or soft boiled? Find out how to make the perfect boiled egg here.