Hard Boiled Eggs with Chives {Recipe Redux}

Hard Boiled Eggs with Chives {Recipe Redux}

Hard Boiled Eggs with Chives {Recipe Redux}

I enjoy simple, delicious food. As a follower of the Dietetic Directions blog, you probably know I post recipes using basic (and minimal) ingredients along with flexibility to add your own flair. Today’s Hard Boiled Eggs with Chives recipe is an incredibly simple family recipe inspired by my dad. As an Italian father, he added olive oil and red wine vinegar to many foods, like hard boiled eggs. Boy were they good! I have continued to carry on this favourite but added my own twist.

Last year, when I planted my herb garden (see my Top 5 Must-Have Herbs for your Garden) I started adding fresh chives to my hard boiled eggs. I also have a secret for making hard boiled eggs to perfection, which inspired this recipe. Be sure to batch cook hard boiled eggs for an easy protein to add to meals or snacks!  Store hard boiled eggs covered in the fridge for up to 5-7 days.


Serves: 2

Prep and cook time: 8-10 minutes



4 Eggs

Cold water


1 tbsp Olive oil drizzle

½ tbsp. Red wine vinegar

1 tbsp fresh chives

Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste



  1. Fill saucepan with cold water (at least an inch to cover eggs) and place eggs gently into water.
  2. Put a lid on the the saucepan with eggs and water.  Turn stove onto high heat to bring water to a rumbling boil.
  3. As soon as water has reached a boil, remove saucepan with the eggs from heat.  I like to place the saucepan on a different stove element that is not hot.
  4. Let the eggs sit covered in the heated water according to cooking times below for desired firmness.  For this recipe, I allowed the eggs to sit in the water for 10 minutes.
  5. After designated time, run eggs under cold water. You can also place eggs in a bowl of cold water with ice cubes to stop the cooking.
  6. Let eggs cool before peeling.
  7. Cut eggs into slices. Drizzle with olive oil, red wine vinegar and add salt and pepper to preference. Garnish with fresh chopped chives.


Cooking Time Estimates:

3-4 minutes: Slightly runny soft-boiled eggs

6 minutes: Firmer soft boiled egg

10 minutes: Firm but still soft inside hard boiled egg (my favourite!)

12-15 minutes: Very firm hard boiled egg



  • Avoid using fresh eggs since they tend to be more difficult to peel.