Easy 12-Minute Method for Hard-Boiled Eggs
PLACE eggs in a saucepan large enough to hold them in a single layer. ADD cold water to cover the eggs by 1 inch. HEAT over high heat just to boiling. REMOVE from burner. COVER pan. LET EGGS STAND in hot water for about 12 minutes for large eggs (9 minutes for medium eggs; 15 minutes for extra-large eggs). DRAIN. Shock the eggs in a bowl of ice water to COOL them immediately. Hard-boiled eggs are easiest to peel right after cooling.