Perfect Boiled Eggs (Every Time)

Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
boiled eggs on a platter with hard boiled eggs, medium boiled eggs and soft boiled eggs

This method for making hard-boiled eggs (or soft boiled eggs) will get you perfect results every time and it's really easy!

Skill Level: Easy Peasy
Cost to Make: $ cost of the eggs
Keyword: boiled eggs
Calories: 63 kcal
Servings: 8 eggs


  • 8 large eggs (can use 6-12 eggs), cold
  • 8 cups cold water (for a 3 qt saucepan)


  1. Place cold eggs in a medium stainless steel pot and cover with cold water so water is 1" above the surface of the eggs. With the lid off, bring to a rolling boil over high heat.

  2. Once at a boil, reduce heat to keep at a medium boil and set a timer for your desired doneness (see chart below). 

  3. Prepare your ice water bath and as soon as the timer is done, transfer eggs into ice water so they are fully submerged. Refrigerate eggs once cool and peel when ready to use.

Recipe Notes

Hard Boiled Eggs Timing Chart: 

  • Boil 2 min: soft boiled with a liquid center
  • Boil 3 min: soft-boiled with a creamy center
  • Boil 4-5 min: medium-boiled with a moist, soft center
  • Boil 6-7 min: hard-boiled eggs with a soft center
  • Boil 8-9 min: hard-boiled eggs with firm dry center