How Long Should You Boil an Egg If You Want It Hard Boiled?

How Long Should You Boil an Egg If You Want It Hard Boiled?

How Long Should You Boil an Egg If You Want It Hard Boiled?

Hard-boiling an egg doesn't require boiling it for any length of time. However, it should sit in hot water for nine to 15 minutes after the water comes to a boil and is removed from the heat.

Place the egg in a large saucepan and cover it with 1 inch of cold water. Bring the water to a boil. Turn off the heat after the water comes to a boil.

The size of the egg determines how long it needs to sit in the hot water. Medium eggs require about 9 minutes of standing time to become fully cooked. Large eggs require about 12 minutes and extra-large eggs require about 15 minutes of standing time in the hot water.