5 from 9 votes
Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs Every Time
Prep Time
2 mins
Cook Time
14 mins
Total Time
16 mins

How difficult can it be to boil an egg? The answer is not difficult at all if you don’t care what the egg looks like when it’s peeled. If, however, this matters to you, then the answer is not so straightforward. The reason is that peeling the eggs without the shells sticking and gouging the whites is often problematic. For Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs Every Time, steam them!

Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Hard Boiled Eggs, Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs
Calories: 62 kcal
Author: Chula King
  • Large eggs straight from refrigerator
  • Steamer basket set in pan with lid
  1. Place steamer basket in pan. Add water to just below the bottom of steamer basket.
  2. Place eggs in steamer basket; bring water to a boil over medium heat.
  3. Cover pan; steam eggs 14 minutes. If using extra-large eggs, increase time to 16 minutes. (See Note 1)

  4. Rinse eggs in cold water. (See Note 2)

  5. Peel or refrigerate unpeeled for later use.
  6. Yield: As many eggs as are steamed. (See Note 3)

Chula's Expert Tips
  1. It's important to keep the lid on the pan for the entire time that the eggs are steaming. Also, it's important to keep the pan over medium heat so that the water continues to boil and produce steam.
  2. The reason for rinsing the eggs in cold water is to stop the cooking. Plunging them in ice will serve the same purpose of stopping the cooking.
  3. If you're making a lot of eggs, it's a good idea to test one after the steaming has finished to ensure that it's properly cooked. I live in a location that is close to sea level. At sea level, water boils at 212° F. If you live in at a higher altitude water boils at a lower temperature than at sea level which impacts the heat of the steam and the cooking of the egg. 
Nutrition Facts
Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs Every Time
Amount Per Serving
Calories 62 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Cholesterol 163mg54%
Sodium 62mg3%
Potassium 60mg2%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 240IU5%
Calcium 25mg3%
Iron 0.8mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.