Cooking hard boiled eggs on the stovetop is the most traditional way to cook them. There are many different variations of stovetop instructions but we love this method. Grab a saucepan or a stockpot and some large eggs or extra large eggs and let's get started making some stovetop hard boiled eggs.
If you don't want to eat plain hard boiled eggs as a snack or breakfast, consider any of these delicious options.
- Cobb Salad – Fill a salad bowl with chopped up romaine lettuce. Add bacon crumbles, sliced hard-boiled eggs, crumbled blue cheese (or your favorite cheese), avocado, tomatoes and any other toppings you like. Toss with your favorite dressing.
- Deviled Eggs – Try these skinny deviled eggs.
- Egg Salad Sandwiches – See how amazing this sandwich is on a croissant!
OTHER WAYS TO HARD BOIL EGGS
Whether you're cooking hard-boiled eggs for easter or just because you love them, here are our favorite additional methods for cooking the perfect hard boiled eggs. Scroll to the bottom for our instructions for the perfect hard boiled eggs in a saucepan or pot on the stovetop.
Refrigerate: You can store hard boiled eggs in a refrigerator (fridge) for up to 7 days. Once they're removed from the refrigerator, they should be eaten within 2 hours.
Freeze: It is not recommended to freeze hard boiled eggs.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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- 12 eggs - large
- Add eggs in a single layer to a large pot or saucepan. Don't overstuff the pot, make sure there's a little extra room in the pot. Do not stack eggs on top of each other.
- Add cold water to the pot until the eggs are covered by about a half an inch of water.
- Place pot on stove and turn burner to high. Bring water to a boil. Cover the pot then remove the pot from the heat. Set your timer and do not remove the lid for 15 minutes.
- Remove eggs with a slotted spoon and put them in an ice water bath in a large bowl on the counter immediately.
- Once eggs are cool, remove from the water and refrigerate immediately or peel. It is usually easier to peel cold eggs.
- Refrigerate hard boiled eggs within 2 hours of cooking. Refrigerate for up to 7 days.
- To peel eggs, gently crack all the way around the egg and peel the shell away from the egg gently.
- If you are going to dye the eggs, do not use any eggs that cracked while cooking or dye will seep into the egg white.
- We prefer to use large eggs or extra large eggs from the store. You may use medium sized eggs but we recommend reducing the cooking time. If you use fresh eggs you may need to adjust your cooking time as well. Fresh eggs tend to be a bit more difficult to peel.
- This recipe calls for a dozen eggs but you can cook less at a time, no problem.