How to Make Perfect Hard-Boiled Eggs

No more dry, crumbly yolks for you!

May 15, 2015

Unless you're a vegan or hate their taste (weirdo), eggs should probably make regular appearances on your plates. They're an affordable, low-calorie source of metabolism-boosting protein, and they contain a ton of important nutrients, including choline (promotes healthy brain function) and lutein (linked to healthy eyesight).

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What's more, they'll help you stay slim and satisfied. Research has shown that eating eggs in the morning (as opposed to high-carb bagels) can reduce hunger and help you eat fewer calories throughout the day.

And forget what you've heard about eggs containing dangerous levels of cholesterol. We now know that dietary cholesterol has little to no effect on the cholesterol levels in your blood ("serum cholesterol"). 

There are many ways to add more eggs to your eating routine -- frittatas and scrambles, anyone? -- but boiling them is perhaps the easiest and most convenient option. Make a batch on Sunday, and you'll have fast fuel for salads and snacks during the week. Here's how to hard-boil 'em right, courtesy of the pros at the American Egg Board:

1. Put the eggs in a saucepan large enough to hold them in a single layer. Add cold water to cover the eggs by 1 inch. Heat just to boiling, then remove from the  burner and cover.

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2. Let extra-large eggs stand in the hot water for about 18 minutes, large eggs for 15 minutes, and medium eggs for 12 minutes.

3. Drain immediately and serve warm. Or cool completely under cold running water or in a bowl of ice water, then refrigerate.

Adapted from the Slim Calm Sexy Diet