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How Long Does it Take to Cook Hard Boiled Eggs?

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The Food Network says it takes 12 minutes to get hard-boiled eggs. Take it from the heat six minutes earlier and you get it medium done. About half that period of cooking time makes soft-boiled eggs. See their instructions below.


  • 1 dozen large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda


  1. Submerge the eggs in a large pot of cool water.
  2. Add baking soda and bring to a rolling boil over high heat.
  3. When bubbles begin to rise, turn the heat off and cover the pot.
  4. Let the eggs sit in hot water for a few minutes. (See table below for desired time to cook the eggs).
  5. Prepare a bowl of ice water.
  6. Transfer the eggs into the ice water.
  7. Let it sit in the ice water to cool before peeling.

The table shows the time difference it takes to cook boiled eggs according to the Food Network.

Desired OutputDuration


3 minutes


6 minutes


12 minutes

Why Baking Soda

What does baking soda have to do with hard-boiled eggs? They say it helps make the eggshells easy to peel. However, some people don't agree. The Business Insider tested this clever trick. They say it's better to use vinegar instead.

You can scratch the baking soda off the list of ingredients in this recipe. The eggs will cook even without it. I don't put that when boiling my eggs and I still can peel the shells pretty fine.

It may take a little while to peel those eggs but patience is a virtue. You have nothing to lose if you have it. You can still enjoy your hard-boiled eggs. You may find it helpful to learn some time management skills. Great chefs are good at that.

A Scientific Matter

The Accidental Scientist bothered its staff at the Exploratorium. The researchers asked the people how to cook hard-boiled eggs. They discovered different answers. It's an interesting scientific matter. Here's what they figured out.

  • Hot, salty water cooks the egg whites more quickly.
  • If you want smooth, rounded eggs, poke the shell with a needle before boiling.
  • Coagulation is the scientific process of cooking hard-boiled eggs.
  • Cooking hard-boiled eggs in cold water takes a longer time.
  • If you're in hurry, drop the eggs in boiling water.
  • Too much exposure to heat makes the egg whites rubbery.
  • You know you're getting fresh eggs when it's difficult to peel.
  • A cold, iced water bath keeps the egg yolk from turning green.

If you want to cook the perfect hard-boiled eggs, remember these quick facts. Boiling an egg is just like doing a high school science experiment. It's an interesting scientific matter.

Fancy Egg Dishes To Try

Having hard-boiled eggs for breakfast daily feels boring. You'll never enjoy a meal with plain, hard-boiled eggs. Here's a list of tasty dishes you can make with hard-boiled eggs.

  • BLT Egglets - This is quite interesting. Instead of a bun, use hard-boiled eggs. It's a smart culinary innovation from Delish.
  • Keto Egg Salad - While most egg salads are keto-friendly, I think I'll try this one also from Delish. I wonder how avocado tastes like with hard-boiled eggs.
  • Egg BLT Salad - Yup, I just can't have enough of that classic clubhouse sandwich. Let's make it healthy with egg salad.
  • Avocado Salad - Here's a simple one. Just mix them all in a bowl and you already have a healthy lunch.
  • Avocado Ricotta Toast - I guess I love avocado. I wonder how it would taste like with cheese. I love cheese.
  • Soy Sauce Eggs - Another simple technique to add flavor to your hard-boiled eggs. Have you tried it? I only tried dipping in salt.
  • Guacamole Deviled Eggs - I've always been interested in deviled eggs. Now that I learned you can put anything in it, I think I'll make this one soon.
  • Empanada - I almost forgot. My empanada recipe actually has hard-boiled eggs inside. You might also want to try it.
  • Potato Salad Gourmet - I learned this recipe from cooking class at the local community college. It's one of my favorites, too.

Do you have other hard-boiled recipes? Please share it here. I would love to try them, too. I just love cooking.

Just Two Cents

A high school colleague once gave me this remark. I am just opinionated. So, let me now give my two cents on the matter: how long does it take to cook hard-boiled eggs? I think it takes longer than twelve minutes to cook hard-boiled eggs.

I remember when I was working in a local fast-food. It took me twenty-five minutes to serve a dish because I ran out of hard-boiled eggs. Well, just remember those quick facts. It can help you make the perfect hard-boiled eggs.

Everybody knows that eggs are good for your health. They are a great source of protein. Hard-boiled eggs are even more recommended for those on a sugar diet. That is why health experts suggest eating eggs every day.

But, eating plain, hard-boiled eggs daily is no fun at all. You won't enjoy the bland taste of hard-boiled eggs. It needs more flavor. That is why I went looking for these fancy dishes to try in my kitchen.

You don't have to suffer eating tasteless meals to stay healthy. You can find plenty of delicious recipes to make with your hard-boiled eggs. You can even make your own. All it takes to become a culinary genius is a sense of wonder and awe.


This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2021 Reina Mendoza

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