How to Boil Eggs to Perfection
Not everyone is a born chef and it’s understandable that even the simplest of dishes can pose serious challenges. What’s important is that you start with small dishes and work your way up from there. In this way, you’ll slowly build confidence as well as become more comfortable in the kitchen.
A beginner in the kitchen would do well to start his/her culinary journey by boiling eggs. It is less of an art and more of a science which means that there are clear rules you can follow. This makes it easier to pinpoint where you’ve messed up so that you can set yourself up for success the next time you make an attempt.
The amount of time you spend boiling your eggs results in either a hard-boiled egg or a soft boiled egg. A hard boiled egg has a firm white and yolk whereas a soft boiled egg has a soft yolk but keeps the firm white.
Let’s take a look at how to boil eggs
- Six large eggs
- Stockpot with a fitted lid
- Large slotted spoon
- Bowl, ice and water for an ice bath
- Take the uncooked eggs and place them in a single layer in your stockpot. Add cold water to the stockpot until all of the eggs are submerged in an inch of water.
- Next, full boil the water and leave the stockpot uncovered.
- Once the water has been brought to a full boil, turn off the heat, remove the stockpot from the burner and cover the stockpot.
- Finish up by setting a timer. The length of time you’ll set the timer for depends on what kind of hard boiled eggs you’d like.
- If you’d like really runny, soft-boiled eggs with whites that are just-set, set the timer for 3 minutes.
- If you’d like runny, soft-boiled eggs, set the timer for 4 minutes.
- If you’d prefer eggs that are creamy and custardy aka medium-boiled eggs, set the timer for 6 minutes.
- If you’d prefer firm but still creamy hard-boiled eggs, set the timer for 8 minutes.
- If you’d prefer hard-boiled eggs which are firm, set the time for 10 minutes.
- If you’d prefer really firm hard-boiled eggs, set the timer for 12 minutes.
- Get an ice bath ready for your nearly finish boiled eggs.
- When your timer hits zero, remove your eggs carefully and completely submerge them in the ice bath you’ve prepared to stop the cooking process. Once you’ve cooled them enough, you can peel them safely.
If you happen to have eggs which are larger than normal, add an extra minute to the recommended times depending on which type of boiled-egg you’d like to make.
Boiling eggs is really simple and as with all cooking, you're free to experiment as much as you'd like to. It's better if you do the experiment so that you'll find out what works best for you. If you prefer eggs that are boiled for 10 minutes, then that's what you should do regardless of what anyone or any instructions tell you to do.
There is some debate as to whether you should start with your eggs in cold water and then boil the water or start by boiling the water first and then placing the eggs in the water. You can do whatever you’d like, however, a lot of people have tested both approaches and have concluded that the cold water approach tends to be a more successful way of boiling eggs. Happy cooking!