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Three Foolproof Methods for Hard-Boiled Eggs (and Recipe Ideas)

Here are Three Foolproof Methods for Perfect Hard-Boiled Eggs every time no matter which easy method you use! And there are lots of ideas here for using those hard-boiled eggs once you’ve made them! See Cooking Tips for more how-to-cook posts like this one.

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It’s getting close to Easter, and that means lots of families will be making hard-boiled eggs and then dyeing them bright colors to go in Easter baskets. This post is a Public Service Announcement to remind you to buy eggs NOW, because eggs that are too fresh are always harder to peel. And there are also some tricks to making perfect boiled eggs, and I’ve updated this post to share my Three Foolproof Methods for Perfect Boiled Eggs to help you make perfect hard-boiled eggs for Easter!

For years I just put eggs in a pan, added water, and boiled them, often with mixed results. Imagine my surprise when I learned that that eggs in the shell shouldn’t really be boiled, and we really should be calling them hard-cooked eggs! And I discovered that using a better method for hard-cooked eggs will produce perfect eggs every time!

Now fast forward quite a few years, and I’m using one of these Three Foolproof Methods for Perfect Hard-Boiled Eggs whenever I make hard-boiled eggs, which are really hard-cooked eggs of course! Instant Pot Hard-Cooked Eggs are my preferred method now. But I’ve also had great results with Steam-Cooked Eggs and Boiling Water Cooked Eggs. Use one of these methods and your eggs will turn out perfectly every time, with firm yellow yolks, no tinge of green or gray to the yolk, and the shells will remove easily.

If you’re going to be making eggs for Easter, try one of these methods; I promise, you will not be sorry! And when you have all those leftover Easter eggs to use up, check below for some great ideas for using hard-cooked eggs; enjoy!

Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs: Instant Pot Hard-Cooked Eggs:

Three Foolproof Methods for Perfect Hard-Boiled Eggs found on KalynsKitchen.com

  • If you’re an Instant Pot fan, you’ll love making hard-cooked eggs in the Instant Pot! The only trick part is deciding what time will work best for where you are. I live at a fairly high altitude so I used the 6-6-6 method; that’s the time that was recommended by my friend Barbara at Pressure Cooking Today. You might need to experiment to see how much cooking time gives you perfect results.
  • Put some kind of steamer baker in the Instant Pot (affiliate link). Put desired number of eggs in the basket and add one cup water. (Cooking time doesn’t change with more or less eggs.)
  • Set the Instant Pot to MANUAL, HIGH PRESSURE, 6 minutes.
  • When time is up, let the pressure release for 6 minutes. While pressure releases, prepare a bowl with ice water.
  • After 6 minutes, release the rest of the pressure and carefully open the lid of the Instant pot. Remove eggs (with a large spoon or using the steamer basket) and transfer them to the ice water. Let eggs soak in the ice water for 6 minutes. Your eggs will be perfectly cooked and peel easily!

Perfect Hard-Boiled Eggs: Steam-Cooked Eggs:

Three Foolproof Methods for Perfect Hard-Boiled Eggs found on KalynsKitchen.com

  • You can use any type of Vegetable Steamer or Steamer Insert (affiliate links) for steamed eggs, but I use the wonderful stovetop stovetop steamer I got from my late stepmother Norma. Only put enough eggs to fit in a single layer.
  • Put a couple of inches of water in the bottom of the steamer, as much as you can fit without the water touching the eggs.
  • When the water comes to a boil, put the lid on and steam eggs 20-22 minutes.  (I live at a high altitude so my eggs needed the full time,  but 20 minutes will probably be perfect for most places.  You might need to do a test batch to decide what the perfect cooking time is at your altitude.)
  •  While the eggs are steaming prepare a bowl with ice and water.
  • When eggs are done use a large spoon to immediately transfer them to the ice water bath.
  • Let eggs sit in the ice water about 10 minutes, then peel. (If you’re eating them hot, just leave in the water for a minute or two.)

Perfect Hard-Boiled Eggs:  Boiling Water Cooked Eggs:

Three Foolproof Methods for Perfect Hard-Boiled Eggs found on KalynsKitchen.com

  • I started using this method in 2007, and if you don’t have an Instant Pot or a vegetable steamer this method will also give perfect results every time, although the Instant Pot eggs and steamed eggs are slightly easier to peel. For best results, take eggs out of the refrigerator and let them come to room temperature before cooking.
  • Put eggs in a pan large enough to hold all the eggs in a single layer, with water to cover eggs by at least an inch.
  • Bring water to a boil. As soon as it boils, turn off heat and cover eggs. Set timer for 12 minutes.
  • After 12 minutes, drain eggs, and add cold water with some ice cubes. Let eggs cool about 10 minutes in cold water, then drain and store in refrigerator.
  • And the gorgeous eggs at the top of this post were cooked using this old low-tech method!

Recipes to Use Those Hard-Boiled Eggs:

Favorite Deviled Eggs found on KalynsKitchen.com

Without a doubt, deviled eggs are one of my favorite things to make with hard-cooked eggs, and I shared all of My Favorite Recipes for Deviled Eggs in one post.

Recipes Using Hard-Cooked Eggs found on KalynsKitchen.com

You can’t go wrong with this Low-Carb Loaded Cauliflower Mock Potato Salad; even the people who aren’t low-carb eaters like this in my family!

Recipes Using Hard-Boiled Eggs found on KalynsKitchen.com

Low-Carb and High Protein Avocado Egg Salad is another option that’s really a wow for me!

Recipes Using Hard-Boiled Eggs found on KalynsKitchen.com

If you use my favorite Low-Carb Pita Bread, this Egg Salad in Pita with Green Olives, Green Onions, and Dijon is a low-carb treat! You could eat the tasty egg salad mixture in lettuce wraps for Keto or Gluten-Free if you prefer.

Low-Carb Egg Salad and Cheese Quesadillas found on KalynsKitchen.com

And these Low-Carb Egg Salad and Cheese Quesadillas are a think-outside-the-box idea for using hard-boiled eggs that I got from a Kalyn’s Kitchen reader years ago! I use low-carb tortillas but eat the egg salad mixture in lettuce wraps for Keto or Gluten-Free.

More Recipes for Using Hard-Boiled Eggs:

Check out my round-up post of Amazing Low-Carb Recipes Using Hard-Boiled Eggs (that aren’t deviled eggs) for even more ideas for using those hard-cooked eggs!

Fun Ideas for Easter Eggs:

Hard-Boiled Ruby Eggs from A Veggie Venture
Marbled Beetroot Eggs from Nami Nami

Deviled Eggs of Every Type:

50 Deviled Egg Recipes from Taste and Tell
99 Deviled Eggs Recipes from CopyKat Recipes
32 Ways to Make Deviled Eggs from Carrie’s Experimental Kitchen

Delicious Egg Salad Variations:

Egg Salad from David Lebovitz
Lemon-Dill Egg Salad from The Perfect Pantry
A Tale of Two Egg Salads from FoodieCrush
Cottage Cheese and Egg Salad from Nami Nami

Let us know in the comments if you have another great idea for using hard-boiled eggs.

Three Foolproof Methods for Perfect Hard-Boiled Eggs found on KalynsKitchen.com

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    67 Comments on “Three Foolproof Methods for Hard-Boiled Eggs (and Recipe Ideas)”

  1. I have a sister who has hated eggs from the time she was a tiny girl. Never changed her feelings about it either!

  2. I fowarded this to my mother in lawf for Easter. Big revelation coming from me but I don’t like eggs…only in baked goods. I tolerate egg whites omelettes but that’s about it. I know, totaly weird!!

  3. Who ever imagined when I wrote about how to make perfect boiled eggs and shared ideas for using boiled eggs in April of 2007 that it would be one of my most popular posts ever? Comments before this one are before I updated the post in 2008 with even more boiled egg ideas.

  4. Anne, I am glad you approve of my boiled egg breakfast. It’s easy to eat in the car, another plus!

  5. Hi Kalyn,

    Don’t be embarassed about showing your hardboiled egg breakfast in a bag! People out there are skipping breakfast, stopping at McDonalds, or eating those horrible breakfast bars from the grocery store. They need healthful alternatives for breakfast on the go.


  6. Hi Kalyn,
    I followed your guide for hard boiled eggs for potato salad and it was great! Thanks.

  7. I am one of those who just plonk my eggs in boiling water and boil and boil for 10 minutes :O

    Thanks for this post and tips.

  8. Hi Kalyn,

    Thanks for the link! I just linked back to this from my egg salad because I hadn’t bothered to give instructions for hard-boiled eggs! Great post!

  9. Hi kalyn,
    I was not sure that this was worth it – getting eggs to room temp, waiting so long, etc, but I can say that it works. I am not sure that it is worth it for a couple of hard boiled eggs for breakfast/sandwich (takes far too long compared to boiling – but anyway, I prefer soft boiled for breakfast) but for a mass batch, I would consider this method!

  10. Since being pregnant I have discovered a real love for hard boiled eggs so keep those delicious ideas coming!!!

  11. Thanks for the hard boiled egg tutorial — a great reminder that even the simplest things can be tricky sometimes.

  12. Mmm, mmm, mmm — boiled eggs are good! I haven’t had a deviled egg in so long, I think I might have to make some this weekend.

  13. oo..I want some devil eggs now 😛

  14. Hi Kalyn!

    What a fun egg recipe hunt! 🙂

    And thanks for mentioning my curried stuffed eggs – I will have to make some soon. My newest tweak to the filling is to use Trader Joe’s Wasabi Mayo. Now you’re talking kicked up.

    Hugs from windy New Mexico,


  15. I wish I could remember where I learned how to do hard boiled eggs. Might have been in the Joy of Cooking but I’m not at home to look. You’re doing it pretty much the way I’ve done it for a long time except I bring them to a boil, cover and let sit 10 minutes. I did some to bring with us on this plane trip. It’s such a joy when they peel cleanly!

  16. I love hard boiled eggs–so that’s a great, and efficient, breafast. Beautiful eggs, by the way.

  17. Kalyn, those were some great tips. Happy Easter!!!!

  18. Hey Rachel and Katerina, thanks for sharing your boiled egg recipes. They both sound great. I love boiled eggs!

  19. I love egg salad sandwiches. You need really crusty Italian bread, then add a good dollop of mayo, thinly sliced onions and celery for crunch and lots of salt and pepper. Sometimes I take them to work and eat them just on their own with salt and pepper, great instant protein!

  20. Hey Kalyn,

    Here’s a deviled egg recipe that is a big hit at my church’s pot luck breakfasts!

    dozen hard boiled eggs
    2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, seeds removed and chopped fine.
    1/2 cup mayonnaise
    1 clove garlic, crushed
    Salt and pepper to taste.

    Cut eggs in half and remove yolks. Using a fork, mash egg yolks and rest of the ingredients together. Fill the egg whites with the yolk mixture. (I use a pastry tool with a star tip to do this.)

    These are spicy and delicious!