How Long Are Boiled Eggs Good For?

Undoubtedly, early in the morning or after having a busy day at work, you always want a super easy recipe that won’t take enough time, and surprisingly, a boiled egg is a perfect meal that you can prepare in a short time.

Although a question arises: how long are boiled eggs good for intake?  Well, the answer is simple, boiled eggs can last fresh for approximately 5 days and if you haven’t removed the shell then it will last for 7 days. ( if properly stored )

If boiled eggs are not properly stored they can go bad and if you consume them, they could cause some serious health problems.

Boiled eggs are incredibly versatile and these tasty bites are a rich source of nutrients for the body as well.

In this article, I will cover some eggs related questions like how long does boiled eggs last good and how to store them properly.

How to boil an egg?

To boil an egg, you have to follow some easy steps that are written below;

  • Place the egg in a saucepan and fill in with water, almost one inch above the egg. If you are boiling more than one egg at a time, try to place them in the centre of the saucepan carefully.
  • Bring the water to a rapid boil. 
  • You can add some salt in boiling water as well.
  • When the water starts boiling, cover the pan with a lid and remove it from the stove.
  • Keep the lid for 4-12 minutes to cook the yolk according to your taste.
  • Prepare a bowl of ice water and immerse the eggs gently in it for further 10 minutes.
  • After 10 minutes, tap the egg against the hard surface and peel off the shell.
  • Once you have peeled off the shell, wash the egg under cold water to remove remaining pieces of shell and pat to dry.

How long are boiled eggs good for?

Considering how long boiled eggs are good for, you will be surprised to learn that boiled eggs have a much shorter life; boiled eggs can last 5 days in the refrigerator without shells, and with shells, they can last for 7 days. 

If you want to keep the boiled eggs fresh for seven days, but these scrumptious bites in airtight containers with a towel over them and use the eggs as early as possible. 

Raw eggs can last for almost 5 weeks and once you boil them, they are subjected to harmful substances like bacteria. 

Can you freeze boiled eggs in the freezer?

Yes, you can freeze eggs in the freezer. It is an excellent way to preserve them for future use. 

Raw eggs can be used for baking cakes, for making scrambled eggs as well as for making cookies & patties. These eggs can be stored for 6 months to even a year because freezing doesn’t alter their flavor.

You can freeze boiled eggs for a week as well, unfortunately, the albumen part won’t remain edible. So, separate the white hardened part and eat the yolk. 

How to correctly store boiled eggs?

When you consider storing the eggs, make sure you place them in the middle of the fridge rather than indoors because when you store eggs indoors, the temperature constantly changes due to the closing & opening of doors.

If you feel a very strange odor in the fridge, don’t worry it’s because the boiled eggs release hydrogen sulfide gas. This gas dissolves within a few hours after regretting the eggs.

To store the eggs accurately, keep raw, boiled eggs with shells on and boiled eggs without shells separately in the refrigerator.

Raw & unpeeled boiled eggs

According to the expert’s recommendations, raw eggs can last for a year and unpeeled boiled eggs can last for 7 days if properly stored.

For storing properly,

  1. Keep the eggs in an airtight container or a carton. 
  2. Label the date of expiration on it.
  3. Avoid leaving the eggs at room temperature.
  4. Use preservatives to prevent spoilage.

Peeled boiled eggs

For the best quality, it is always recommended not to peel eggs until you are ready to eat them for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

Though if you have peeled off the eggs, you should follow a few steps to store them properly in the fridge.

  1. Place a damp paper towel around them to prevent them from drying out.
  2. Keep them in airtight containers.
  3. Keep the lid of the container tightly closed.
  4. Do not leave them at room temperature.
  5. Store them in the fridge as soon as possible.

Note: if you feel the eggs are a bit slimy, they have gone bad and it’s better to throw them out.

What are some other methods of storing eggs?

The best way to store eggs is to refrigerate them though if you don’t want to do this; Well, not a big deal, there are several other methods that you can use to preserve eggs.

1: Pickling

Pickling is an alternative method of preserving eggs for a long time because pickling eggs can last for 4 months.

After this certain period, the eggs tend to become a bit rubbery and people usually don’t like to eat them.

2: Brining

Take a pan, pour some water into it, add salt into the pan to make a brine solution, and keep adding salt until the water doesn’t dissolve it. 

After preparing the brine solution, let it cool down. Place all the eggs in a jar, pour brine solution over it, and close the lid of the jar.

The brining process will continue for almost 3 weeks and it will preserve the eggs for 6 months or more.

How can you tell if boiled eggs have gone bad?

Unfortunately, all types of eggs, whether raw or boiled eggs, can go bad and they release a strong sulfuric smell with a slimy texture which is an exact indication of bad eggs.

The color of yolk changes if it has gone bad because bacteria grows in it and a chemical reaction starts.

Sometimes you don’t feel the strange odor and color change. Another method to check if the egg is still good or not is; Take a bowl of water and place the egg in it, if the egg sinks then it’s good and if it floats, it means the egg has gone bad.

Throw bad eggs into the bin otherwise, it may cause severe food poisoning with vomiting, nausea, and abdominal cramps.

How to prevent hard-boiled eggs from going bad?

To prevent the hard-boiled eggs from going bad, you can follow a few tips that are written below;

1: Store the eggs properly.

2: Use the eggs as early as possible.

What are the nutritional benefits of boiled eggs?

Boiled eggs are quite beneficial for health as they are a rich source of high-quality proteins, zinc, vitamin B, and calcium.

Boiled eggs are low in calories and a good diet for people who want to shed kilos of weight as well as they contain antioxidants like choline, lutein, and zeaxanthin.

How can you use hard-boiled eggs?

You add hard-boiled eggs in delicious recipes like avocado sandwiches, deviled eggs, and green salad for making them unique and flavorsome.

Moreover, you can use hard-boiled eggs for topping rice, chicken as well as various types of salads like pea salad, cheeseless Caprese salad, etc.

How can I avoid the dark or blue ring around the yolk?

Most people are worried that a dark or blue ring appears around the yolk when they boil it. Don’t worry, it’s normal, it happens because you overcook the egg and don’t let it cool.

After boiling the egg, immerse it gently in a bowl of cool water to lower its temperature without removing the shell. This process aids in preventing the appearance of a dark or blue ring around the yolk. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What side dishes can you serve with hard-boiled eggs?

  • The side dish you can serve with the hard-boiled eggs are as follows;
  • Asparagus salad
  • Scalloped potatoes
  • Cheesy stuffed garlic butter crescent 
  • Tostadas
  • Cobb salad with shrimps
  • Crescent rolls

How long does it take to boil an egg?

Normally, eggs take 5-10 minutes for boiling and this period of boiling depends upon how hard the yolk you want to eat.

According to experts’ recommendations, boil the egg for 6-7 minutes as it makes the yolk a perfect balance between soft and hard. 

Can eggs be cooked in the microwave?

Yup, of course, you can cook eggs in the microwave as this method of cooking preserves the nutritional value of eggs. 

For cooking eggs in the microwave, take a bowl, crack the egg in it and cover it with a microwave-safe plate. 

Set the timer to 40 seconds and wait for the beep, remove the bowl from the microwave and check it with a spoon or finger if it is done completely or needs a few seconds more.

What is the easiest way to remove the shell after boiling?

The easiest method to remove the shell after boiling is; once the egg is done, reduce the heat and cover the pan with a lid.

Prepare a bowl of iced water and gently immerse the egg in it. Tap the egg against the hard surface and remove the shell.


Boiled eggs, having a short shelf life even if stored properly can last for a week with shells, and without shells, they can last up to 5 days. 

You can store boiled eggs (boiled or raw) in airtight containers by placing damp paper towels around them.

Raw eggs can be stored for a year easily although once they are boiled, the shell of eggs becomes porous and they are more subjected to harmful bacteria & their life shortens. 

Moreover, you can preserve the eggs by the pickling and brining method as well.

About Harris V.

Harris is a content coordinator and senior writer at Gliving. After years of cooking professionally, Harris traded in his knives for the pen. He spends most of his time writing these days but still loves to get down with some delicious recipes in the kitchen for his family.