How to Keep Yolks in the Center of Hard Boiled Eggs

by Amber Canaan

Eggs are a nutrient-dense food, with approximately 6 grams of protein and 70 calories in each large egg. Hard-boiled eggs are an easy snack and the featured ingredient of deviled eggs. To prevent the white from tearing while filling, it is important that the yolk is centered inside the egg. Perfect hard-boiled eggs require only minimal advance preparation the night before.

Turn the eggs on their sides the night before you plan to boil them. If you’re doing a bunch of eggs at one time, stand the egg carton on its side. Turning the eggs horizontally will allow the yolks to center instead of falling to one end. Secure your egg carton with a rubber band or piece of tape to keep it from falling open.

Place the eggs on their sides in a pot and cover with cold water. Do not crowd the pot or layer the eggs. Each egg should be allowed to lie horizontally. If you need to, use a second pot or boil eggs in batches. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat.

Once it starts to boil, place a lid on the pot and remove it from the heat. Let sit for 15 minutes.

Remove the eggs from the pot and place into a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking. Eggs that aren’t cooled continue to cook and can develop tough whites and a green ring around the yolks.

Peel the eggs and slice in half horizontally to reveal perfectly centered yolks.

Items you will need

  • Pot with lid
  • Bowl
  • Ice water

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