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How to boil eggs – Here is how to boil eggs the best way

A boiled egg sounds so simple, and it can be. But it is tricky because a simple mistake, an extra minute on the timer can overcook your egg and make it hard to eat. Or you may end up with a batch where you find it difficult to peel the shell. So how can you master making a boiled egg?

There are a few things you need to learn that will help you create a perfect boiled egg every time without any trouble.

Hard or soft boiled eggs?

You can have soft, medium and hard-boiled eggs depending on the amount of time you cook them for. A lesser cooking time produces soft-boiled eggs with runny, creamy yolks whereas a longer cooked egg is hard-boiled with firm whites and yolks.

Now you can use this guide to cook the yolks just the way you like – hard, soft or anywhere in between.

How to Cook Eggs
Steps to boil eggs perfectly

Step 1: Place the eggs in the bottom of a saucepan. Make sure that the eggs fit comfortably and are not crowded.

Step 2: Add cold water to the pan up to an inch above the eggs.

Step 3: Bring the water to a boil on over high heat with the lid off.

Step 4: When the water starts boiling, cover the pan and remove it from the heat. Set a timer for the type of boiled egg you want, ranging from 3 minutes to 12 minutes.

  • 3 minutes for very runny soft-boiled eggs with just-set whites
  • 4 minutes for runny soft-boiled eggs
  • 6 minutes for creamy, custard-like “medium”-boiled eggs
  • 8 minutes for the firm but creamy hard-boiled eggs
  • 10 minutes for firm hard-boiled eggs
  • 12 minutes for very firm hard-boiled eggs

Step 5: Prepare an ice bath by filling a bowl with ice and water.

Step 6: When the timer goes off, remove the eggs from the hot water and immerse gently into the ice bath for about 10 minutes.

Cooking Eggs

Step 7: Once they are cool enough to safely touch gently tap the eggs against a hard surface and peel away the shell. Keep the egg under running water to remove any bits of shell and pat dry.

Note that the timings are approximate recommendations. With trial and error, you will discover the way you like your eggs. If you have extra large eggs, add an extra minute on the timer to the recommended cook time. A green yolk means that the egg is overcooked and the white will have a rubbery texture. You do not want that.

Peeling a hard boiled egg

Sometimes eggs do not peel smoothly. Older eggs peel easier as compared to fresh ones. They are easiest to peel right out of the ice bath. Once you take the egg out of the ice bath, tap one end of the egg on a hard surface to crack the shell slightly. Then roll the egg on the surface causing more cracks. You can then hold the egg under running water and start peeling from the cracked end. The key is to get under the thin membrane between the shell and the white, and the running water helps separate the two as you proceed. Soft-boiled eggs require a much gentle touch while peeling the shell.

You now have the tools to make a boiled egg any way that you like. Enjoy them as breakfast or snack. Don't give up if things go wrong the first time. Once you find the method that works for you, making boiled egg is a no brainer.