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Step by Step On How To Boil Eggs Perfectly Every Time

The Printable instructions on the fool proof easy way that will give you a perfect boiled egg without the grey ring.

Prep Time12 mins
Active Time7 mins
Time eggs cooking after the heat is turned off9 mins
Total Time28 mins
Course: Appetizer, Breakfast, Snack
Yield: 6 Hard Boiled Eggs
Cost: $3.00


  • Pot
  • Bowl
  • Tongs
  • Stove
  • Paper towel


  • 6 each eggs
  • 6 cups water cold tap water


  • Place eggs in a single layer in a pot.  Add enough cold water to cover the eggs by about 2 inches above the eggs.
    Add water to cover eggs
  • Leave the pot uncovered and with a medium-high heat, bring it to a gentle boil.
    Bring eggs to boil
  • Turn off the heat and cover for 9 minutes.  This process is called steeping or coddling, the eggs will continue to cook in the heat and produce a creamy white and a nicely cooked yolk.
    Turn off heat and cover pot
  • Prepare an ice bath.  Bowl with water and ice.
    Ice bath
  • After 9 minutes, place the eggs in the ice bath for a few minutes, to stop them from cooking, and help the white to move away from the shell for easier peeling.
    Eggs in ice bath
  • To peel an egg perfectly, crack larger end of the egg (it has an air pocket), and in water, peel the egg, if you can, in large sections, not little by little.  The water helps the white remain slippery and peels from the shell easier. If you can get under the membrane, this will add to the egg peeling easier. Unpeeled, the boiled egg should be perfectly smooth and oval.
    Crack the shell to make it easier to peel