snack — vegetarian

Perfect Hard-Boiled Eggs

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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

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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