Sometimes what seems to be the easiest food to cook, just really isn’t. For years I struggled with how to make the perfect hard boiled egg. They would either turn out under cooked and runny or over cooked with a gray ring around them.

So several years ago, I went on a hunt to find out just how to cook eggs to make them perfect. And it turns out…it’s not too difficult. 

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The traditional way is to boil the eggs, but we have recently discovered a new way to cook eggs in the oven. So we tried both ways…Boiled and Baked…let’s see how they turned out…

They look about the same. The boiled eggs are a little more moist. And the baked eggs peeled a whole lot easier. Also, if you are cooking a large amount of eggs, baking them would take less time.

So what’s the verdict? In my opinion…I still like boiling the eggs, although baking them was easier and less mess to clean up with dishes.

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Perfect Hard Boiled Egg

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How to make a perfect hard boiled egg. Instructions from

  • Total Time: 17 minutes


  • Eggs


  1. Place eggs in a saucepan, single layer
  2. Cover with cold water
  3. Bring to a gentle boil, cover and remove from heat
  4. Let set for 12 minutes
  5. Pour off water and rinse eggs in cold water
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
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  1. I can’t wait to try baking eggs! Just one question, do you start counting the time when you turn the oven on or when it gets to the right temperature?

    • Great question Amanda, start counting when you turn the oven on. You want the oven to be cold when you place the eggs in it.

      Thanks for stopping by, Doug

  2. I keep seeing baked egg photos on pinterest and it just looks like they will blow up in the oven. I’m glad that won’t happen. Can you imagine the smell?!

  3. I tried a method similar to this the other day (15 minutes instead of 12), but I had problems peeling them once they had been rinsed in cold water. I notice that your bacon cheese deviled eggs you just posted about recently, and these hard boiled eggs above, aren’t all ugly and missing parts due to peeling issues. Mine looked awful, but tasted good, but I’d love to have them look pretty too for pictures! Any thoughts?

    • Liz has the whole egg peeling down pat, I’ll give you the low-down. 1) Crack the egg on a hard surface 2) Roll egg on the hard surface with slight pressure using the palm of your hand 3) Start peeling from the large end of the egg and the shell almost always peels off in one piece.

  4. Whitney Baze Reply

    I’ve learned that farm fresh eggs are not beneficial when hard boiling. Older eggs peel a lot easier and smoother.
    Also, when coloring eggs with traditional dye kits or with food coloring, its best that your eggs are not cold. The dye doesn’t take as well on cold eggs. I usually dye right after rinsing or after letting the eggs sit out for a few minutes first.

    • Madeline from Pocket Change Gourmet Reply

      Hard boiled eggs are so good- I hope you like them! Thanks for stopping by : )

    • Madeline from Pocket Change Gourmet Reply

      Hi Sherry- it is super easy! Hopefully you will like it. Thanks for stopping by!

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