Try these step-by-step tips for making perfect hard-boiled eggs:
Step 1: Place eggs and water in a saucepan Arrange the eggs in a single layer in a large saucepan so they cook evenly. Do not stack them. Add enough cold water to cover the eggs by 1 inch.
Step 2: Bring water to boiling Heat saucepan over medium-high heat until the water comes to a rapid boil (water will have large, rapidly breaking bubbles). Immediately remove pan from heat.
Step 3: Cover and let stand After removing from heat, cover the saucepan and let it stand for 15 minutes. Drain the water, then run cold water over the eggs or place them in a large bowl filled with ice water until cool.
Step 4: Peel the eggs Gently tap an egg on the counter to crack the shell. Use your fingers to peel off the shell. Rinse the peeled egg under cold water to remove any remaining bits of shell. If desired, use a thin-bladed sharp knife to chop the eggs.