March 6, 2024

Best Way to Hard Boil Eggs

Perfectly hard-boiling eggs have flummoxed home cooks for ages.

  • Do you start the water hot or cold?
  • Do you first release the membrane in the eggs by tapping with a spoon, or is that an unnecessary step?
  • Do you cover the pot of boiling water or leave it uncovered?

My pick for the best way to hard-boil eggs is no surprise; it’s my Instant Pot. I can boil a dozen eggs at a time, and they always turn out perfectly (see the steps below). However, if you don’t have an Instant Pot, this is the best way I have found for cooking eggs on the stovetop.

Here’s a simple method for hard-boiling eggs on the Stove Top:

  1. Place your eggs in a single layer at the bottom of a saucepan. Make sure they are not overcrowded.
  2. Cover the eggs with cold water. The water level should be about an inch above the eggs.
  3. Place the saucepan over high heat and bring the water to a rolling boil.
  4. Once the water is boiling, reduce the heat to low and let the eggs simmer for about 10-12 minutes.
  5. While the eggs are cooking, prepare a bowl of ice water.
  6. After the eggs have cooked for the desired time, immediately transfer them to the bowl of ice water using a slotted spoon.
  7. Let the eggs cool in the ice water for at least 5 minutes. This helps stop the cooking process and makes the eggs easier to peel.
  8. Once the eggs are cool, tap them gently on a hard surface to crack the shells, then peel them under cold running water.


The Instant Pot is my go-to method for boiling eggs. They turn out perfectly and are easy to peel every time:

  1. Place the trivet or a steamer basket in the bottom of the Instant Pot insert.
  2. Add 1 cup of water to the Instant Pot.
  3. Place the eggs on the trivet or in a steamer basket. You can load them up – I have hard-boiled a dozen at a time this way. 
  4. Close the Instant Pot lid and set the valve to the sealing position.
  5. Select the “Manual” or “Pressure Cook” setting and set the timer to 5 minutes for firm yolks.
  6. Once the cooking cycle is complete, the pressure is quickly released by carefully turning the valve to the venting position.
  7. Once the pressure is released and the float valve drops, carefully open the Instant Pot lid.
  8. Let the eggs cool in the pot
  9. Gently tap the eggs on a hard surface to crack the shells, then peel them

Best Recipes for Hard Boil Eggs

Here are a few of my favorite ways to use hard boiled eggs.