Basics: How to Hard Boil Eggs

Perfect hard boiled eggs, every time

In our Basics series, we tackle the simple kitchen tasks; no job is so small that it doesn’t deserve to be done perfectly.

Everyone has a different method for getting hard boiled eggs with perfect, firm-but-not-chalky yolks. This is how SAVEUR test kitchen director Farideh Sadeghin does it:

  • Bring a pot of water to a boil.
  • Add in your room-temperature eggs.
  • Depending on how firm you like your yolks, set a timer for 7–10 minutes.
  • When the timer goes off, remove the eggs from the heat and immediately run cool water over them to stop the cooking process (you can dump out the hot water first, but we don't bother).
  • The texture of the yolk is entirely up to you: aim for seven minutes for a just-set, slightly creamy yolk and go up to ten minutes for a firmer one. Cook them for more than ten minutes and you're getting into powdery, gray-yolk territory.

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