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This post shares six foolproof cooking methods for cooking hard boiled eggs. We include methods for cooking eggs on the stovetop, in the oven, air fryer, pressure cooker, egg cooker, and Crockpot.
Hard Boiled Eggs are super simple to make but easy to mess up. For example, you can overcook them and end up with gray and rubbery eggs instead of creamy yellow yolks. That’s why we have created directions for making perfect Hard Boiled Eggs in six different ways.
There are several methods for hard-boiling eggs, and depending on your situation, one or more techniques may work well for you. For example, when we do not have time to stand over a pot of boiling water, we love to use the oven method. Or when we want to do a few hard-boiled eggs, then the Air Fryer is our method of choice.
If you do not have an egg cooker, then the classic Stovetop method might be your method of choice. Whichever method works best for you, we have step-by-step directions for each method to help you get those perfect hard-boiled eggs with creamy golden yolks.
Once you have your hard-boiled eggs ready, you can enjoy a quick breakfast, protein-packed lunch or snack, appetizer, or to use for dinner. For each method, you only need eggs, water, ice, and the appliance needed for the way you are making the hard-boiled eggs. Let us know in the comments which method is your favorite!
Hard Boiled Eggs FAQs
The traditional way to hard boil eggs is in a pot on the stovetop. However, there are a plethora of ways to hard-boil eggs. We have directions for the following methods: egg cooker, Instant Pot, Oven, Air Fryer, oven-baked, and Slow Cooker.
You will want to place the eggs in an ice bath for ten minutes after cooking them, regardless of which method you use. An ice bath stops cooking, preventing dry yolks and overcooked eggs.
If an egg is overcooked, it will have a grayish yolk. Sometimes it is a shade of green. When an egg is fully boiled, it is not runny, and the yolk is an opaque, yellow color.
Get Kids Involved
Ages 2-5: For any of these recipes, find something your little one can help with that involves counting. This is an excellent opportunity to practice their counting skills as you introduce them to assisting in the kitchen. One good idea or way to do this is to have your child count the number of eggs as you put them into the pot, muffin tin, basket, or egg cooker.
Ages 6-8: Make a family event out of these recipes. Try each one and have your child keep track of which method each family likes best. Then, they can make a graph to mark and tally the votes.
Ages 9-11: Supervise them while they prepare the entire recipe. Remember to have them read it twice before beginning the recipe. Then, they can make hard-boiled eggs as an after-school snack.
Ages 12+: Let them prepare the entire recipe unsupervised while you do the happy dance in the corner! They can easily do any of the methods we share for hard-boiling eggs.
We typically purchase our eggs at Costco. We go through many eggs in our homes, so it makes sense for us to buy them in bulk.