The Perfect Hard-Boiled Egg

Every now and then I'm reminded that sometimes the most basic kitchen tasks are the ones people are intimidated by. Simple things that we just do, well, wrong. And one of these things is hard-boiling eggs.  I'm not sure why people boil the s#$* out of their eggs until they smell sulfuric and sport a blueish ring around the yolk.Really, not sure. Why, when with the timer on your iPhone you can have a velvety, perfectly cooked yolk every time? No more yucky, chalky yolks. Just pure eggy deliciousness that will change how you view hard-boileds forever.

Here in Spain, the yolks are ridiculously orange.  And my favorite way to enjoy hard-boiled eggs is with a simple sprinkling of sea salt and black pepper.  Or tossed with vinaigrette and later into a salad.  Or a makeshift deviled egg, yolk mixed in a teacup with mayo, mustard, salt, pepper, tabasco and paprika and spooned back into the white and devoured immediately. (I just did that.)

Need a bonus incentive to do it right? Cooking eggs correctly makes the shell perfectly peelable. So, are you ready to change your hard-boiled egg eating life forever? 

the perfect hard-boiled egg

  • as many eggs as you want
  • water

Bring a pot of water to a boil. Make sure you have enough water to cover your eggs completely. When it's boiling, carefully drop your eggs in.  Start your timer for 9 minutes.  After the eggs have boiled for 9 minutes, drain them, run cool water over them for about 30 seconds, and stick in the fridge. That's it! Perfect, every time.