Do boiled eggs go bad?

In this brief article, we will answer the question “Do boiled eggs go bad?” and methods to store boiled eggs.

Do boiled eggs go bad?

Yes, hard-boiled eggs can go bad. If the hard-boiled eggs give off a foul odor or sulfuric smell with rotten odor it is likely to have gone bad. Change in the texture or color of the eggs is another indicator of spoilage.

A greenish ring around the yolk is not an indicator of spoilage. It can still be harmless and safe to consume. If the egg is not cooled or overcooked, this could be observed.

You can also taste the eggs. If the egg tastes foul, throw it away. You can label your eggs to remember their shelf-life. Avoid storing the hard-boiled eggs for more than a week.

How long do boiled eggs last?

Hard-boiled unpeeled eggs have a shelf-life of a week. The reason being boiling removes the outer protective layer of the eggs. This makes the eggs more susceptible to spoilage by getting exposed to air or other contaminants.

It is important to note that the peeled eggs would not have a longer shelf-life. Peeled eggs could last for 2-3 days. You can peel the eggs when you are planning to consume them.

How to store boiled eggs?

  • Hard-boiled eggs should be kept in the fridge.  Refrigerate at temperatures below 40℉ to prevent microbial growth. Avoid storing eggs in the door of the fridge as the door of the fridge is subject to temperature regulations.
  • Seal the eggs tightly. This could be done in airtight containers or freezer bags. If the eggs are not sealed appropriately, they can pick up odors from the fridge.
  • Boiled eggs should not be kept at room temperature for a long time. Refrigerate the eggs within two hours after boiling.
  • It is essential to peel the eggs after they are cooked but peeled eggs have a shorter shelf life. If you want to store peeled eggs, there are 2 techniques.

You can place the peeled egg in water. Make sure to change the water daily. The second technique is to keep a moist paper towel on the eggs. 

  • Overboiling the eggs can cause the yolk to become paler. As a result, avoid overboiling.
  • Avoid freezing boiled eggs. If boiled eggs are frozen, the egg white and egg yolk can become watery or rubbery and lose their firmness. You can freeze salads containing egg slices though.

The eggs can be frozen in a freezer bag and make sure to label them to mark the date of freezing. Thaw the eggs and consume them within 2 days.

Other FAQs about boiled eggs that you may be interested in.

How long can the eggs be boiled?

Submerge the eggs in water for 10-12 minutes, irrespective of how long the eggs need to be boiled. This is because submerging the eggs in water can help in softening the yolk.

Smaller eggs would require lesser time to boil while jumbo eggs would need to be boiled for a longer duration. The time for boiling large eggs are provided below.

Boiling timeThe texture of egg whiteThe texture of egg yolk
3-4 minutesSoft and runnySoft and runny
7-8 minutesFirmSoft and set
12-15 minutesSet fullySet fully

How do you know if an egg is boiled?

Place the egg on a table and spin it. If the egg is spinning in a steady manner, it indicates that the egg is hard-boiled. If the egg does not spin steadily or wobbles, it is an indicator that the egg has not boiled properly. 

How to prepare soft-boiled and hard-boiled eggs?

Let us look at how to prepare soft-boiled eggs.

  • For preparing soft-boiled eggs, the water is boiled and kept aside. 
  • The eggs are then slowly submerged into the water using a slotted spoon for at least 7 minutes.
  • In another bowl, take a bowl of cold water and place ice in the water. After the eggs have been submerged in hot water for 7 minutes, transfer them to this bowl containing cold water. Let the eggs remain in cold water for 3-4 minutes.
  • Peel the eggs after 3 minutes. You can slide a spoon between the egg’s shells and slowly start removing the peels. 

Let us look at how to prepare hard-boiled eggs

  • Place cold water in a vessel. Place the eggs in water.
  • Bring the water to a boil. Switch off the flame when the water boils.
  • Cover the vessel with a lid and let it cool for 10-12 minutes. You can also submerge the eggs in cool water to cool them quicker.


In this brief article, we have answered the question “Do boiled eggs go bad?” and methods to store boiled eggs.


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