How to boil & peel eggs Cooking hard-boiled eggs is easy—until you've had them come out green or labored over peeling them. Here are the secrets to getting them perfect every time Prick Prick the rounded end of each egg with a push pin. (This releases a little air so they don't crack.) Note: Ultra-fresh eggs are difficult to prick. Let them sit in the fridge for about a week before cooking. Pinterest Bring to a boil Cover eggs with cold water by about an inch and bring to a boil. Let stand Remove from heat, cover pan, and let eggs stand 12 minutes. Drain Drain eggs, holding the pan lid ajar. Shake Shake eggs in pan to crack them all over. Soak Fill the pan with ice, add cold water, and let eggs sit about 10 minutes (this makes them easy to peel). Peel Peel off shells.