How Long Will Hard Boiled Eggs Last in the Fridge

Hard-boiled eggs can be stored in the refrigerator for up to one week.

Hard-boiled eggs, peeled or unpeeled, are still safe to eat up to one week after they were cooked. Keep them stored in the refrigerator, and you should consider writing the boiling date on each egg to know if they’re still good!

Should You keep eggs in the fridge or cupboard: Should you keep eggs in the fridge or cupboard?

…Right we have found out how long you can keep cooked boiled eggs, but how do you cook them? 

How To Cook A Boiled Egg

Cooking perfect boiled eggs isn’t a dark art, nor does it need to be a hit and miss process. There really is no trick to boiling eggs!

Just follow our instructions below to learn how long to cook soft-boiled eggs and hard-boiled eggs for.

We’ve also included the surprising secret to peeling hard-boiled eggs after you’ve cooked them – because everyone knows that’s the hardest part!

After reading our secret tip, you should be able to peel eggs without sticking issues with the shell for once!

Getting started

Place your eggs into a saucepan: you can add as many as can fit in one layer with enough space to move about – for a standard size saucepan this is usually about 6

Fill the saucepan with cold water: using cold water allows the eggs to cook evenly and makes them less likely to crack

Put the pan over a high heat: bring the water to the boil, and once fully boiling completely remove from the heat and cover

How long to cook soft-boiled eggs

4 minutes: once the water is boiling and you’ve removed the saucepan from the heat, leave the egg in boiling water for 4 minutes for a delicious soft-boiled egg with very runny yolk

5-6 minutes: leave in the boiled water for 5-6 minutes for a soft-boiled egg with a slightly less runny (but still soft!) yolk

TIP: If cooking multiple soft-boiled eggs at once, increase this length of time slightly for additional eggs

How long to cook hard-boiled eggs

9 minutes: leaving your egg in boiling water for ages to make sure it’s properly hard-boiled is a really common mistake. If you leave your egg for too long, the yolk sometimes takes on a greyish tint and the white gets unpleasantly rubbery

TIP: If you want to make absolutely sure your egg is hard-boiled, leave for up to 15 minutes, but no longer! 

When your egg is cooked

Pop your egg into a bowl of cold (preferably ice) water: doing this will stop the egg from cooking any further than desired

Leave the egg to cool: this will take at least a minute and will allow you to peel the egg without having to treat it like a hot potato!

The secret to peeling hard-boiled eggs

The moment you’ve been waiting for…what’s the secret to peeling hard-boiled eggs, you ask? Use older eggs!

Eggs will gradually lose moisture through the tiny pores in their shell. Leaving fresh eggs for a couple of weeks before hard-boiling them will make the whites a little firmer and easier to separate from the shell.

Don’t leave them to go off though – no-one wants to eat (or smell for that matter!) an egg that’s gone bad. 

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Smoked Salmon and Egg Canapes

Sometimes, canapés are too fussy for their own good. Our version is at once elevated and down-to-earth, thanks to thin slices of smoked salmon that sit atop spoonfuls of salty, creamy egg salad.

Look for miniature pumpernickel loaves in the grocery store bread aisle.

If you’re serving the appetizer right after you prepare it, consider toasting the bread for extra crunch; get ahead for your party by preparing the egg mixture ahead of time.

Set it aside in the fridge and create an assembly line to piece the canapés together in minutes.

Technically party food, you could also prepare a full-sized version for a simple dinner.

Per Serving


  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • hard-boiled egg, finely chopped
  • small gherkins (small sweet pickles), minced
  • tablespoon chopped scallion or chives
  • 12 cocktail-size pumpernickel slices
  • 12 small pieces smoked salmon


  1. Make hard-boiled eggs.
  2. Combine the mayonnaise with the finely chopped hard-cooked egg, minced gherkins, and the chopped scallion or chives.
  3. Spread on the pumpernickel slices. Top each with a small piece of smoked salmon.


Another Egg Recipe: Scrambled Eggs with Chilies