Ready to rock your mornings and meal preps with the perfect hard boiled eggs? Here’s all you need to know to nail the timing to get hard boiled eggs just the way you like ’em!
How to Make the Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs
I love a good hard boiled egg! Hard boiled eggs are a must-have for meal prepping. If you boil the perfect hard boiled eggs, they’re perfect as a snack or as an on-the-go breakfast. What I don’t like are over-cooked boiled eggs. More than once I’ve been in a rush and left a pot of boiling eggs on the stove top in the morning and ended up with a dry grey-ish yolk! Now, I meal prep a handful of hard boiled eggs at the beginning of the week when I do the rest of my meal prepping. Not being in a rush and setting a timer is key to the perfect hard boiled egg.
What You Need To Make the Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs
How To Boil Eggs
While some people like to place their eggs in the pot with the water already boiled, I prefer to bring the pot to a boil with the eggs inside. I let the water come to a boil with the eggs in the water already and once the water is boiled, I set the timer. You’re going to want a saucepan or pot that fit all your eggs comfortably in one layer and have space to cover the eggs with one inch of water on top of the eggs.
How Long to Boil Eggs for the Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs
- 4 minutes: soft boiled egg, very soft whites and runny yolk
- 5 minutes: slightly soft boiled eggs with a soft yolk
- 6 minutes: a soft jammy yolk with soft whites
- 7 minutes: firm but creamy yolk
- 8 minutes: hard boiled egg with a soft yolk
- 9 minutes: traditional firm hard boiled egg
Tips to Make Peeling Hard Boil Eggs Easily
- use older eggs: have your eggs in your fridge for at least a week for them to be considered “aged.” They have lost their moisture and fresher egg will tend to ‘cling’ onto the shell a little more.
- use an ice bath for the eggs immediately afterwards to stop the eggs’ cooking process and help loosen the membrane on the egg that’s stuck to the shell.
- make sure don’t put a cold egg into hot water as that’ll cause the egg to crack
How To Store Hard Boiled Eggs & When To Peel Them
- Hard boiled eggs are okay to sit at room temperature for a couple hours, so be sure to store the boiled eggs in the fridge if you don’t plan on eating them right away. They should last for about a week but I only make 5 days worth at a time.
- I recommend that you keep the hard boiled eggs refrigerated in the shells and only peel when you are ready to eat them as that will help them last longer.
- Easiest way to peel hard boiled eggs are to give them a nice crack on a flat surface then roll it under your palm to get the shell to crack across. Then peel.
Ideas for what to do with hard boiled eggs
- breakfast on the go or slice it up and put it on top of avocado toast
- snack (sprinkle a bit of salt on top!)
- devilled eggs
- marinate a 4 minute soft boiled egg (peeled) and use it as a ramen topper
- egg salad
- cobb salad
- salad topper
- if you have more suggestions, leave them down below in the comments!
THE BENEFITS OF EATING EGGS
- Nutrition provided by eggs include: vitamin A, D, and E, folate, iron, zinc, and choline
- In 2 large eggs, you get 160 calories, 11 grams of fat, and 13 grams of protein
- Eggs are a delicious source of omega-3 which is a healthy fat that is not naturally produced in our bodies
- They’re inexpensive (see my post here on meal prepping on a budget, featuring a section of egg recipes)
- Raises your good cholesterol
- Linked to a reduction of risk of heart disease
How To Make The Perfect Hard Boiled Egg
- 6 eggs
- cold water
- Place the eggs in a large saucepan then cover them with cool water by 1 inch. Cover with a lid and bring water to a boil over high heat
- Once the water has reached it's boiling point, set the timer for the desired time.
- Time to boil for the perfect hard boiled eggs:4 minutes: soft boiled egg, very soft whites and runny yolk5 minutes: slightly soft boiled eggs with a soft yolk6 minutes: a soft jammy yolk with soft whites7 minutes: firm but creamy yolk8 minutes: hard boiled egg with a soft yolk9 minutes: traditional firm hard boiled egg
- Using a slotted spoon, transfer them to a large bowl with ice and cold water immediately and let them cool down for a couple of minutes before peeling.
RESOURCES AND TIPS FOR MEAL PREPPING
- Meal Prep 101
- How To Cook Chicken Breasts Perfectly
- Tips To Help You Meal Prep For The Week Successfully
- Tips on Meal Prepping on a Budget
MORE EGG MEAL PREPS
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- Make Ahead Breakfast Taco Egg Bowl
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