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How-To Make Perfect Hard Cooked Eggs Every Time

The Secret to Perfect Hard Cooked Eggs Every Time

You're getting ready to make your world famous (or at least family famous) egg salad sandwiches.  Everything is set.  The eggs are cooked exactly the way you learned to cook them in home-ec; the way you've been cooking them for years.  You grab your egg slicer, cut into one of those beauties but *gasp* there is a green ring...not the beautiful pure yellow you were expecting but more of an alien life form green.

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Has this ever happened to you? It has to me, more times than I can remember.

The Secret to Perfect Hard Cooked Eggs Every Time

But, if you can boil water you can make perfect hard boiled/cooked eggs every time with this failproof method.

The Secret to Perfect Hard Cooked Eggs Every Time

I've read and heard that fresher eggs yield a better result than older eggs but as long as the eggs you are using have been properly refrigerated and are not past the Use By date on the carton, this method will work.

Gather your supplies:

Large pot

Steamer or small metal strainer that will easily fit into your pot



Steam eggs for a perfect hard cooked result.The secret, if you will, is to steam the eggs and not boil them.  Steaming the eggs allows the temperature of the water to remain the same therefore allowing for even and efficient cooking.


Pot filled with one inch of cold water.

Fill a pot with approximately one inch of water and bring to a boil.

Steam eggs for a perfect hard cooked result.

Once the water comes to a boil place your steamer basket loaded with eggs into the pot and cover.

Steam eggs for a perfect hard cooked result.

Set a timer for 13 minutes.

Ice bath for perfect hard cooked eggs.

While the eggs are steaming prepare an ice bath.

Add ice cubes to a sturdy container with a secure fitting lid if you want to try my method for easy peeling eggs....it's one of the coolest kitchen hacks I've ever shared!  Cover the ice cubes with water and allow this to sit until the end of the 13 minutes.

Perfect Hard Cooked Eggs getting an ice bath!

Once your timer goes off turn off the heat and add the eggs to the ice bath allowing them to sit for 15 minutes.

Steam eggs for a perfect hard cooked result.

Your eggs are now perfect and ready to peel traditionally or using this hack.

The simple secret to making perfect hard cooked eggs every time

Have you ever tried this method or boiled yours the traditional way and ended up with green alien rings?

Steam eggs for a perfect hard cooked result.

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  1. I think my way works very well.

    Put eggs in a saucepan. Cover with cold water. Cook, uncovered, on medium high until water comes to a full boil. Remove pan from heat, cover with lid. Let sit, undisturbed for 15 minutes. Drain the hot water, rinse eggs with cold water. Let sit until cool enough to peel.

    I don't see any green on eggs cooked this way. I think the green color is caused by over-cooking the eggs. Boiling eggs too long or leaving them in hot water for an extended time causes rubbery eggs, too.

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much for sharing your method, Dee!