Best Basic Hard Boiled Eggs

When I was at my daughter’s not too long ago, I completely forgot how to boil an egg. And then this week, the same. I swear I’ve lost my memory and can’t find it. But you see, I’ve been making most of my hard boiled eggs in the Instant Pot lately and since I hate googling up recipes I’d thought I’d post the Best Basic Hard Boiled Eggs right here. Just in case anyone else needs it!

Old Fashioned Tuna Macaroni Salad
Old Fashioned Tuna Macaroni Salad with the Best Basic Hard Boiled Eggs

I’m kind of laughing at the idea of this simple recipe, and kind of laughing a bit of myself for the “hate googling up part” since I’m sure that’s one of ways you might have come here! (But I so I looove it when you do it and come visit! 🙂 ) And I have to tell you, I do already have the post for Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs along with another post for Easy Peel Steamed Eggs. How many hard-boiled egg recipes does one need? All three, I say!

About the Best Basic Hard Boiled Eggs:

I’m going to say right off the bat that I do think the Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs are always the best, and if you’re planning on peeling, like for deviled eggs, and don’t have an Instant Pot, the Easy Peel Steamed Eggs really work well. But there is a place for the Best Basic Hard Boiled Eggs, too. Like today when my IP was in use and I have no earthly idea where my steamer basket has gone!

This is the super easy, classic no-fuss method for the hard-boiled egg. It’s the method I’ve used since I learned how to boil an egg, oh, about 45 years ago. And I DO still use it, today.

What I like about this method is that there is really less chance of the egg breaking, cracking or having a blowout, and the cooking is more even throughout the egg than I get by just plain simmering. The timing doesn’t have to be as absolutely as spot on as it does when simmering, either.

Old Fashioned Tuna Macaroni Salad with the Best Basic Hard Boiled Eggs
Old Fashioned Tuna Macaroni Salad with the Best Basic Hard Boiled Eggs
Making the Best Basic Hard Boiled Eggs:

The method is always the same. Start with cold eggs and cool tap water in a big pan. Cover the eggs with about an inch of water. Bring to a gentle boil, take off the heat and cover. Then let sit for 10 to 11 minutes, depending on how hard you like your eggs.

On this batch, I went with 11 minutes, but normally, I would go for 10…I tend to like my hard boiled eggs just a bit less dry. See that’s the memory issue right there! Here is another case, just like with the Instant Pot, where you’re going to have to find the perfect number of minutes that works for you, at your altitude. No one ever tells you that, do they? Then write down your perfect number of minutes, so you have it.

I always use extra large eggs because that’s what I bake with, and live just about 1,000 feet above sea level. The size of the egg is going to make a difference and the higher you are, the longer you’ll need to let your egg sit in the hot water to get the desired doneness.

I used to always plunge my eggs in ice water (what a production that can be!) but now I find that if I just plop the pan and all in the sink, run in cold water asap, even as I’m draining off the hot water it works just fine. I let them sit for a minute or two with tap on until the pan is cold, then let them sit in the cold water until cool, about 10 minutes.

Saving Money on the Best Basic Hard Boiled Eggs:

Did you know that a dozen large eggs weigh 24 ounces and a dozen extra large eggs weigh about 27 ounces? That makes the incredible, edible egg one of the least expensive of any protein you can buy.

The best options as far as pricing that I’ve found are at Aldi, where I last bought a dozen extra large for $1.09 (65 cents per pound) but I’ve found great pricing at Costco, too. Just know that at Costco, you have to buy a lot of eggs! My best pricing strategy is to buy several cartons at my grocery store everytime a holiday rolls around. They are usually on sale and on big brunch holidays like Easter and Mother’s Day, they’ll often be bundled with sales prices on bacon and maybe hash browns. You’ll want to check the math on those “bundle” offerings.

Eggs keep several weeks past their “buy by” date. If in doubt about an egg, place it in water. As the egg ages, it will start to float: the newest ones will lay at the bottom of the container, slightly older will begin to stand up and the oldest will actually bob up to the top of the water. The chances of ever getting a “bad” egg are slim, but I’ve found the ones that float are just thick and not very nice. I don’t keep them.


Best Basic Hard Boiled Eggs

Best Basic Hard Boiled Eggs

The Best Basic Hard Boiled Eggs

  • Author: mollie kirby
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: varies


  • Eggs, as few or as many as you’d want, enough for a single layer in a pan
  • Cold tap water to cover by one inch


Bring eggs to a gentle simmer. Cover and remove from heat. Let sit for 10 minutes for a fully cooked but slightly softer yolk or 11 mintues for a dry yolk. Remove pan from heat and place in sink. As the pan is emptied of the hot water, run cold tap water over the eggs, then fill the pan with running water until the pan is cool. Let eggs sit for about 10 minutes until cold, adding a little more cold water if the water becomes warm.

I’ll be bringing Warm Spinach Chicken Mandarin Salad to Fiesta Friday #226, hosted this week byJhuls @ The Not So Creative Cook.

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