How to Hard Boil Egg Whites

by MattK ; Updated September 28, 2017

Ensure eggs do not sit on top of each other and are fully submerged

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Hard Boiling Eggs is fairly straight forward but you must be careful as there will be high heat and boiling water. They can be eaten on their own or a compliment to salads or sandwiches. They also offer a healthy alternative to fried and scrambled eggs and are a good source of protein.

Make sure your egg is between three and five days old. Remove it from your refrigerator at least half and hour before you intend to begin boiling it. If the inside of the egg is too cold the shell may crack whilst boiling.

Place the eggs on one layer in your pan. Cover with water, place the lid on your pan and bring to the boil.

Once the water has boiled, immediately remove the pan from the heat and allow to stand for 20 minutes. Then move the eggs to a pan or container of cold water. Leave them to rest on one layer, for around ten minutes.

If you do not intend to use your eggs after boiling, store them in your refrigerator and do not peel them until you are ready to eat or use them in another recipe.

Peel each egg by running it underneath a cold water tap and lightly hitting its top with a small spoon. Once the shell has cracked use your fingers to peel away the rest of the shell.


  • Removing the eggs a few minutes earlier from the boiling water will allow for a softer yolk, depending on your preference.

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Based in the UK, Matt began writing sport and travel-related articles in 2006 whilst at university. His work has been published in "The Western Gazette" newspaper and online at Footballfancast.com. Matt graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of Westminster, London. He has three A-Levels in English, Economics and Geography.