Hard Boiled Eggs

Hard Boiled Eggs

Hard Boiled Eggs

It’s easy to make perfect, easy to peel, hard boiled eggs with no green ring. Besides their high quality protein, the benefits of eggs range from brain support to protection against cancer, macular degeneration, and inflammation. p.s. Older eggs will peel easier than fresh ones. - Jenny Jones

Prep Time: 1 minute

Cook Time: 17 minutes

Total Time: 18 minutes

Makes: 4 eggs

Hard Boiled Eggs


  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda


  1. Place eggs in a saucepan.
  2. Cover completely with cold water.
  3. Add baking soda.
  4. Bring to a full rolling boil.
  5. Cover and turn off the burner.
  6. Let stand on the warm burner for 17 minutes.
  7. Using a slotted spoon, remove eggs to a bowl of ice water for 2 minutes.

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Hard Boiled Eggs

21 Comments on "Hard Boiled Eggs"

  1. Katherine K

    I use 1/2 plain yogurt , 1/2 mayo to lighten up deviled eggs and tuna & or salmon salad sandwiches!

  2. Mil

    Jenny you are a life saver. I have tried cooking eggs in the pressure cooker, and the timing was never right, then I read about the air fryer and they were rubbery and of course my own way on the stove and I could never get the timing right. I have made your recipe twice now and lo and behold they are perfect.
    They peel perfectly and the egg itself is perfectly done. Thank you so much for sharing your wisdom.

  3. Teresa

    If you want to make more than four eggs, do you increase the amount of baking soda?

  4. Kirsten

    Thank you so much for this (and all of your) recipe! My neighbor gave me a dozen eggs from her chickens, so, super fresh. I followed the recipe and the hard boiled eggs came out perfect. They even peeled easily. Thank you!

  5. Carola

    Thank you Jenny for your recipe for hard boiled eggs. I didn’t use ice cubes but made sure the water stayed cool for a few minutes by changing it few times. They were so easy to peel!

    Then I went ahead and used your simple recipe for egg salad. I used 2 eggs and rolled them in a small corn tortilla. A very simple meal but so good and so good for you!

    Someone mentioned taking the pot off the stove right after boiling starts if you have a smooth top stove. I had concerns about this too, but left it on my smooth top element for the full 17 minutes as your recipe states.
    The eggs were beautiful…pure bright yellow yolks cooked to perfection, and tender whites. So delicious!

    • Jenny Can Cook

      I’m sorry I’m not able to help you with vegan substitutions – I only make my recipes one way.

      • Carola

        Hi Jenny,

        Guess you were thinking of someone else with your reply. I never asked for a vegan recipe! Lol.
        Just wanted to let you know that I appreciate your method of cooking hard boiled eggs.

        • Jenny Can Cook

          Well that’s embarrassing. And I can’t even find the question I was trying to answer, but I’m glad you like my egg method.

  6. Marg

    Best hard boiled egg I have tasted! Thank you!!

  7. Deborah Less

    OMG! My family loves hard boiled eggs but I avoided making them because they always broke in the water, or came out rubbery. I was embarassed at my hard boiled egg cooking skills so I avoided cooking them.

    Happy day, I tried my first batch tonight and they are absolutely PERFECT!
    The yolks are fluffy and perfect, and the whites not overcooked or undercooked, NO RUBBERY. And not a single egg broke in the water during cooking!

    You are a genius! Thank You so much!

    Warmest Regards,


  8. Sonali

    Genius!! They peeled like a dream and the yolk was perfect. Thank you 🙂

  9. Rebecca

    This recipe worked great! On number 6 I did take the pot fully off stove since my stove doesnt cool down right away,anyway they came out perfect! Great recipe and super impressed with many of your recipes jenny. Easy to follow instructions with great results. Thanks so much 🙂

  10. Gloria Cabeen

    Hi Jenny, this is a great method for boiling eggs. However, if a person has a smooth-top electric range, like I do, you need to take the pot off the burner after the boiling time is up, as the burner stays hot and the eggs overcook a bit and there is a green ring.

  11. Rose

    I have an easy tip for perfect hard boiled eggs. Bring eggs, new or old, to room temperature. Poke one end with a push pin. Place eggs in water. Bring to a simmer and boil, Mountain time is 14 minutes. Remove from heat place in cold water and put on your happy face when you see how easily they all peel!
    I don’t put anything in the water. Enjoy!

  12. Alexandra

    I don’t have any baking soda on hand, so can I cook the eggs in just water? Will there be a difference in the cooking time? Or can I add salt instead?

    • Jenny

      The cooking time will stay the same no matter what, but I think adding some salt is a good idea. And try to do the ice water dip if you can.

      • Justy54

        Do you have a recipe for pickled eggs

        • Jody, Olympia WA

          Save the juice and jar when pickles are gone and throw your peeled hard boiled eggs in. Cover and keep in the fridge. The more days they stay in the pickle juice, the more pickled they become!

          I also save the juice from pickled beets to pickle eggs in.

  13. Rhonda

    I love eggs no matter how they are prepared. Here lately I’ve been eating more eggs than any type of meat for protein. I do get an egg every now and then that is difficult to peel but I peel very carefully to save it and not waste it. I will have to follow your instructions here to have a better boiled egg…oh and you’re so funny…I love your humor…lol…Loved the video, humor and advice…

  14. sj

    Jenny. ..what does the baking soda do?

    • Jenny

      Baking soda in the cooking water raises the ph in the egg, making it more alkaline. This draws some of the water content out of the egg through the shell and into the pot thus creating a bigger cushion of air between the membrane and the shell. That pocket of air makes them easier to peel. Older eggs automatically lose moisture and develop a pocket of air, which is why they say you should always boil your older eggs.

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