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Perfect Hard-Boiled Eggs

Simple, easy, fool-proof recipe for making perfect easy-to-peel hard-boiled eggs every time. | Simple, easy, fool-proof recipe for making perfect easy-to-peel hard-boiled eggs every time. |
prep time 20 minutes
cook time 12 minutes
yield 6-12 hard-boiled eggs


There are so many ways to enjoy the humble hard-boiled egg. Turn it into a creamy, nutritious egg salad, make a batch of tangy deviled eggs, or simply sprinkle with salt and pepper for a yummy after-school snack. To make perfect, easy to peel hard-boiled eggs every time, this is the only recipe you'll ever need. No fancy kitchen equipment necessary!

BY:Nellie's Kindness Crew


  • 6-12 large Nellie's Free Range Eggs
  • Medium pot (for 6 eggs) or large pot (for 12 eggs)
  • Large bowl (for ice bath)
  • Slotted spoon, optional


  • Fill a medium or large pot with enough water to cover eggs by at least 2 inches, but do not add eggs yet. Bring water to a rolling boil.
  • Once water is boiling, add the eggs and adjust the temperature to maintain a rolling boil. Start a timer for 12 minutes and prepare an ice bath.
  • When the timer goes off, remove eggs from the pot and immediately place into ice bath for at least 10 minutes before peeling.

Nellie's Notes:

Use cold eggs straight from the fridge, and opt for eggs that are closer to their expiration date, if you have them. In general, the older the egg, the easier it is to peel.

Use a pot big enough for the eggs to remain in a single layer whenever possible.

Leave eggs in the ice bath for at least 10 minutes to allow for more thorough cooling and easy peeling. You can place them under running cold water instead, but without the cold shock from the ice bath, you may find them harder to peel—especially if the eggs are farm fresh like ours.

This recipe was developed for large eggs, so you may need to adjust the cook time a minute or two if using eggs of a different size.

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Comments Reviews

Steven GApril 07, 2023

Your instructions for perfect hard boiled eggs worked great... I will now use the ice bath every time. I figured the best place to look for a perfect recipe is from the company that farms the best tasting eggs! My added bonus was that I never knew about your Free Range Rewards. Will start saving my bar codes.


It's great to hear that your hard boiled eggs turned out eggcellent! 😊 We'll keep an eye out for your barcodes!

Chris GordonDecember 24, 2022

I bought a bag of Nellie's hard boiled eggs. The bag said there were six eggs inside but the bag was opaque so I had to assume there were six. When I opened the bag there were only five. Nellie should make it possible to see inside the bag.


Hi Chris, We're so sorry to read this! Thank you for the feedback on our hard-boiled packaging. We'd like to make this right. Would you mind emailing us? kindne[email protected] We look forward to hearing from you!

Susan WellerApril 17, 2022

Nellie's eggs rock!!! I tell everyone I know to try them...and they won't be disappointed. I am 76 years old and have cooked eggs for a very long time and Nellie's eggs look and taste like the eggs I grew up with until they didn't. Yolk's became pale and taste was waning. Nellie's changed all that for me. I wouldn't buy any other brands. Thankfully, my market has them...YAY!!!


Hi Susan! We're so happy to be your egg of choice. Thank you for choosing free range and for telling your friends about us too!

Michael SpikerJuly 24, 2021

I appreciate the boiled eggs instructions.


We're so glad to be of help, Michael. We hope it works well for you!

SusanJuly 11, 2021

We LOVE Nellies Eggs💕


We're so glad to hear this, Susan! Thank you for choosing free range!

Patricia BouteillerMay 15, 2021

Perfect! My hard boiled eggs came out just right. Thank you


Woohoo! We're so glad to help you get perfect hard boiled eggs!

Peyton ReichertMarch 08, 2021

Ur directions helped me so much i loved them


Hey Peyton, We are so glad we could help! Thanks for your loyalty to Nellie's Free Range!

Lorna WoodsideFebruary 26, 2021



We hope you find this helpful, Lorna!

George HaughtonFebruary 14, 2021

Used this method for the first time Saturday (yesterday) and it worked great. No cracked eggs, and they resulted in the easiest eggs ever to peel. I'm copying this recipe and posting it on a kitchen cupboard door.


Hi George! We're so happy to hear that this method worked well for you!

Steve February 04, 2021

Follow your directions exactly put cold eggs from fridge in the boiling water all they did was pop open


Hi Steve, we are so sorry to hear our trick let you down. This recipe was developed using large size eggs, so using any other size egg, may change the results. Another thing we've found is to gently lower each egg into the pot using a spoon or ladle to reduce the impact of the egg hitting the bottom.

Jeff VivretteDecember 29, 2020

Some of the eggs cracked when gently putting them in the boiling water.


We're sorry to hear you had a problem with your eggs cracking. Sometimes, when the eggs go from a very cold environment, such as the refrigerator, to a hot environment, like boiling water, it can make the eggs more susceptible to cracking. Another cause could have been that those eggs just had more brittle shells than usual. If you continue having a problem with your eggs cracking, please do let us know and we'd be happy to take a further look into what might be the cause.

John Clionton SeitzJuly 09, 2020

on your ride to work you can easily peel the egg with one hand out the window and recycle the shells.


Hi John, We are glad you enjoy our eggs, hard-boiled or not! We appreciate your enthusiasm, but we do not recommend peeling eggs while driving. We also ask that consumers make their own controlled compost pile for our shells. Thank you for choosing the purple egg carton!

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