Make perfect farm fresh hard-boiled eggs with this simple stovetop recipe. What I love about this recipe is all you need are eggs, a pot, and a stovetop. With Easter around the corner, these eggs are a fun activity and a healthy breakfast.
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How to make a crackable hard-boiled egg
We’ve all been there. It’s Easter morning, and you’re excited to crack open some fresh boiled eggs. Then you start cracking and pretty soon you’re struggling to get the shell off and considering giving up all together.
Easter morning in our family is pretty traditional. We go to church, come home and have a huge brunch. Usually a ham is involved, and definitely a lot of hard boiled eggs. I might also make some sourdough pizzelles or chocolate chip brioche bread.
There are a lot different ways to make hard boiled eggs from Instant Pot to stovetop, to baking, steaming, boiling, or simmering. Here is a fun article that breaks down different methods of hard boiled eggs based on how you like the consistently of the yolks.
All I care about really is that the egg is delicious and I can get the shell off. For me, that just means boil some water, add the eggs, set timer for 12 minutes, and you’re done! It’s really not that hard.
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Healthy and Fun Meal Ideas
These eggs are a fun and healthy meal. They are a good source or protein, with about 6 grams in each egg.
If you’re looking to lessen the calorie load, you can just eat the egg whites and give the yolks to chickens or save for later. We love the yolks though.
You can serve hard boiled eggs by themselves or add some salt and pepper.
Or, chop up the egg and use as a salad topper. Drizzled with some nice salad dressing, the kids will hardly know they are eating eggs!
Tips for Making Hard-Boiled Eggs
Pasture-raised eggs work best for hard boiled eggs. This is because pastured chickens have more nutrients in their diet so their egg shells are harder and less likely to break in the water. Plus they are easier to remove. This is something you learn after spending a few years with chickens and learning to homestead. I give more resources if you’re just getting started in those post, How to Start Homesteading without Being a Farmer.
After the eggs are done boiling, move them to the fridge. I’ve found this helps with the shells coming off easily. I have also just left them out to come to room temperature, and that works pretty well too.
Drop the eggs in the water carefully by slowing lowering them in with a wooden spoon. Do not just “drop” them, or the shell may break.
You will need:
Eggs. You can boil one egg or a whole dozen, just make sure they each have enough room in the pot to boil. Pasture raised, farm fresh is best because they have the thickest shells.
Stovetop pot – we like to use stainless steel because it is durable, easy to clean, and has no chemical food reactives
How to make Perfect Hard-Boiled Eggs
Bring water to a boil. You want enough water to make sure the eggs will be fully covered.
Once water is boiling, slowly lower in one egg at a time with a spoon.
Set timer for 12 minutes.
Once time is up, slowly remove the eggs from the water with a spoon and set in a bowl. Move the eggs to the fridge and let sit for about an hour before eating. You could also dive into them right away, but they will be very hot.
Crack open and enjoy! Best served with salt on top.
- Eggs (pasture-raised works best because they have the hardest shells)
- Bring a pot of water to a boil. You want enough water to cover the eggs completely.
- With a spoon, slowly add the eggs one by one being careful not to drop them. Once all the eggs are added set the timer for 12 minutes.
- At 12 minutes, use a spoon again to carefully remove the eggs. Set them in a bowl.
- Move all of the eggs to the fridge and let cool about an hour. You could also just dive into them right away, but they will be very hot.
- Crack open and enjoy! Best served with salt on top.
- Store in the fridge up to the one week.
This is best made with farm fresh, pastured eggs with rich orange yolks. Pasture-raised chickens have more nutrients in their diet so their shells will be more hard and less likely to break in the water. Plus, they'll be easier to remove.