The Basics: Hard Boiled Eggs


You'll need:

  • A small saucepan with lid
  • As many eggs as you want
  • 1 tsp baking soda
Put the eggs in the saucepan and fill with enough room temperature tap water to fully cover them - but not more beyond that. Turn the burner to high heat.

Before the water starts boiling, sprinkle in the baking soda. This will make the eggs crack easily at the end, so they'll peel easily and the eggs will look pretty.

When the water starts boiling, turn off the burner immediately and put the lid on the pan. Set the timer to 13 minutes. This will give you a bright yellow yolk; leave them longer for eggs that are more dry (if you like that kind of thing), or approx. 10 or 11 minutes for a soft or medium boil.

As soon as the timer goes off, use a slotted spoon to move the eggs to a bowl full of iced water to stop the cooking. Peel each egg and store them in an airtight container in the fridge. They'll keep about a week.