How to Cook Hard Boiled Eggs

This simple method will revolutionize your egg game.

Cooking eggs too long or too vigorously can result in cracked shells, tough whites, and green-gray, sulfuric-smelling yolks. Our trick to avoiding disaster? Steaming the eggs in a small amount of water, rather than actually boiling them. The gentle method shown in this video is guaranteed to turn out firm whites and creamy yolks every time.


• Fill a large pot with 1 inch of water.
• Place steamer basket inside.
• Cover pot and bring to a boil.
• Add eggs to basket and cover.
• Cook for 12 minutes. (Note: For soft-boiled eggs, stop cooking after 6½ minutes.)
• Drain the pan and cool the eggs in an ice bath or under cold running water.

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