8 Minute Hard-Boiled Eggs

My wife and I have been making hard-boiled eggs since we have been together, and often make them on a weekly basis. I love them. They are quick to take on the go, especially during the frantic workday mornings. In the past, I really took my wife’s lead and placed the eggs in cold water, brought them to a boil, then covered them and set the timer for 13 minutes.  I thought I was doing this right, but realized the shells were a bit difficult to remove, and the eggs were definitely hard-boiled, which I did not really mind all that much.  I then read an article about cooking the eggs a different way, and fell in love with the process.

Welcome the 8 minute hard-boiled egg.

8 Minute Hard-Boiled Egg

I went with 8 minutes because that is where I found the perfect creaminess to my liking. I tried a 6 minute, 7 minute, as well as a 10 minute egg, and again, I fell in love with the timing. The egg white is cooked perfectly, and the yolk is slightly hard but has just a bit of warm creaminess that just goes perfect with toast.

Let’s get started.


  • 3 eggs (or less/more)
  • Water, enough to cover the eggs by an inch
  • Salt, to taste
  • Cracked Black Pepper, to taste
  • Toast, optional
  • Bowl of Iced water

Bring a pot of water to a boil. Slowly, and carefully add in the eggs. Set the timer for 8 minutes.  After 8 minutes, remove the eggs with a slotted spoon and place into the bowl of iced water.

Let them sit in the iced water for a minute or so before removing and cracking into the egg.


My mistake in the past was never knowing when my water was coming to a boil as I typically walked away from the stove, and guessing on the length of time it would take to come to a boil. This technique is much more precise as you boil the water beforehand, resulting in a a perfect hard-boiled egg, and one where the shell simply slides off. A win-win in my book.

Once the shell is off, season with salt and pepper and go to town.

So if you are looking for a perfect egg, give this one a shot. I’m certain you will fall in love.

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Dax Phillips

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3 thoughts to “8 Minute Hard-Boiled Eggs”

  1. I’m a fan of both methods you mention but also add a little vinegar which a) helps prevent the eggs from cracking if you do the boil first method and b) makes it easier to peel the eggs later.

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