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How to Boil Eggs for Easter

Eggs are a symbol of new life and a big part of the Easter celebration. Boiling eggs to color them is really simple, but there are a few tips that make them perfect every time. Learn how to boil eggs for Easter in the post. 

Dyed Easter Eggs

Boiling eggs is one of those kitchen tasks that actually seems super easy, and is, however having a few tricks up your sleeve makes it even easier and they turn out great every time. There are other methods to cooking hard boiled eggs – baking in the oven, Pressure Cooker and InstaPot are all popular methods. Boiling eggs is still my preferred method. 

After the eggs are boiled and cooled, the fun starts with decorating. Learn how to dye Easter eggs, or you can color them with shaving cream

How to boil eggs for Easter

Tip #1: Start with clean, fresh white eggs. I typically use brown eggs in my every day cooking and baking, but for coloring, using white eggs is best. 

Tip #2: How long to boil eggs for Easter decorating – the whole process will take about 25 minutes depending on how quickly the water comes to a boil. You can see more details below. 

Tip #3: How long do hard boiled eggs last? You can keep the eggs up to 7 days in the refrigerator

Tip #4: Boil the eggs several hours or the night before you plan on coloring the eggs. Nothing is worse then having the kids excited about coloring eggs, and then needing to wait until they cool.

Tip #5: How to boil eggs for Easter without cracking – there are a few tricks you can try to prevent eggs from cracking – 1) start with room temperature eggs before you boil them, 2) use eggs that are several days old or 3) cover the eggs with cold tap water to boil. 

How to Boil Eggs

Step 1: 

  • Add eggs to pan. Be sure they aren’t packed tightly, allow room for them to move. 
  • Cover with cold water, with about 1 inch above eggs. 

How Long to Boil Eggs

Step 2:

  • Bring eggs to a hard boil

Boiled Eggs for Easter

Step 3:

  • Cover immediately and remove from heat. 
  • Let set for 12 minutes – be sure to set a timer, if you let them sit too long they will be over cooked. 

Hard Boiled Eggs

Step 4:

  • Remove eggs from pan into a colander
  • Run cold water on them for several minutes to stop the cooking process
  • If the eggs are still warm to the touch, you can add them back to the pan and cover with cold water

How to Dye Easter Eggs

After the eggs are cooled, it’s time to color them. You can learn the tips for how to dye Easter eggs, along with decorating ideas and free Easter printables

Easter Egg Printables

Shaving Cream Easter Eggs

These Shaving Cream Easter Eggs are super fun to make as well! 

Looking for more fun Easter ideas? Click on the photo below for the instructions – 

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How to Boil Eggs for Easter


Dyed Easter Eggs

How to Boil Eggs for Easter

Yield: 1 dozen
Active Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Make the perfect hard boiled egg every time


  • Eggs


  • Large pan
  • Colander


  1. Place eggs in pan. Be sure not to overcrowd them.
  2. Add cold water about 1 inch above eggs
  3. Bring to hard boil
  4. Immediately cover with lid and remove from heat
  5. Let set for 12 minutes
  6. Remove from pan into colander
  7. Run cold water over eggs for several minutes until cool

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