Hard Boiled Eggs – How to Boil An Egg

“Anyone can cook.” It’s true. Pay no attention to the fact that my source for that statement is credited to Disney Pixar and the movie “Ratatouille.”

I added this section for my friends who tell me “I can’t even boil an egg, how could I cook gluten free?”

So, now they know how to boil an egg and can come up with a different excuse.

In the category of “fast food” most people don’t think of “hard boiled eggs.”

However, they’re FAST to make and even faster if you’ve made them ahead of time and have them on hand in the fridge to grab when looking for a snack.

What else is so great about hard boiled eggs?

They travel well and are great to have on hand at work/school instead of heading to the vending machine, or in a lunch. Not to mention, they’re terrific deviled or used in a salad.

Eggs used to get a bad rap for high cholesterol. Original studies on the “bad” egg full of cholesterol have been disputed. Read more here.

One eggs provides 6 grams of protein and is 12% of the recommended protein in an average daily diet. Read here for how it helps with diet, muscle, strength, repair and preservation.

How to pick your eggs:

  1. Consult your favorite chicken. If you do not have a favorite chicken, or you do not have chickens, consult dairy section of grocery store…even though eggs are naturally dairy/casein/lactose free, they are usually found in the “dairy” section.
  2. Look for “local, organic, farm fresh, free range, certified happy chickens.”
  3. If happy chicken eggs are not available, go for organic and no hormones added.
  4. There is no difference between brown and white eggs. Except one is brown and the other one is white.

In all seriousness, there is a huge difference in taste between FRESH eggs and eggs that have been sitting on the grocery store shelf. I invite you to swing by your local farmer’s market some nice weekend morning and pick up some FRESH eggs. Then do a taste test for yourself between FRESH and not fresh.

*Tip – As an antithesis to the above statement, really fresh eggs are harder to peel. So, if you have some that are “older” in your fridge or in the chicken coop, use those instead. (Okay, most of us don’t have a chicken coop…) Eggs are always easier to peel after they’ve been in the refrigerator and are completely cool.

Step 1: Put eggs in saucepan

Step 2: Cover with water

Step 3: Add salt to prevent cracking

Step 4 and 5: Bring to a boil over high heat (but covered…lid is off to show boiling)

Step 6: Turn off heat and leave covered for 15 minutes. Run under cold water after 15 minutes to stop the cooking process.

Hard Boiled Eggs - How to Boil an Egg

6 servings


Hard Boiled Eggs
  • 6 whole eggs
  • 1 qt water (approximately)
  • 1 Tbsp salt


  • Put eggs in sauce pan in a single layer.
  • Cover with water until there's about 1" of water above eggs.
  • Add salt so the eggs won't crack and they'll be easier to peel.
  • Place the pan on the stove over high heat and cover.
  • Bring the water to a boil.
  • As soon as the water comes to a boil, turn off the heat and let the pan sit there, still covered, for 15 minutes.
  • Run cold water over the eggs to stop the cooking process.
  • Allow to cool before peeling.
Prep Time: 03 - 5 Minutes
Cook Time: 12 - 15 Minutes
Total Time: 15 - 20 Minutes
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