How To Boil Eggs

A perfect hard boiled egg is one that the whites are firm but not rubbery; the yolks are cooked but still creamy. Boiled eggs are a suitable and inexpensive source of protein. With hard-boiled eggs on hand, you have the components of a fulfilling breakfast, lunch, snack, appetizer, or dinner. Perfect boiled eggs are fast and simple to cook. You can cook a beautiful creamy hard-boiled egg for only 6-7 minutes. Therefore, there is no need to spend half an hour boiling eggs, when you can have perfect hard boiled eggs within minutes. Perfect boiled eggs are a convenient and affordable source of protein. With hard-boiled eggs on hand, you have the components of a satisfying breakfast, lunch, snack, appetizer, or dinner.

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To boil eggs is so simple, which of course makes it so easy to mess up. How to boil eggs perfectly every time can be achieved with these simple tips on how to boil eggs. It’s so easy and quick. With this guide, you will learn how to boil eggs with exactly the kind of yolk you love-soft, hard or anywhere in between.


The best answer to this is to be careful. Cooking demands a degree of carefulness and attention no matter how simple, the dish is.

  • Always start with eggs that are at room temperature to best predict the cooking time and minimize cracking.
  • Use a kitchen timer.
  • Use a small saucepan. Make sure not to crowd the eggs in the pan. They should fit comfortably to avoid cracking.
  • Do not allow the water to boil for long: a gentle simmer is all eggs need.
  • Do not Cook Your Eggs Too Long. By no means should you over boil your eggs (With the help of a timer, am sure this will not happen)
  • If the eggs are less than four days old, an extra 30 seconds is recommended on each of the timing because of the freshness.


We all have personal preferences on how we like our eggs to be cooked. For those of us that prefer our eggs soft, the following direction is how it can be achieved:

  1. First of all, fill the saucepan with enough water to cover the eggs by an inch.
  2. When large bubbles are breaking on the surface gently lower the eggs into the water, one at a time, using a tablespoon.
  • Now switch the timer on and give the eggs exactly 1 minute’s simmering time.
  1. After that, remove the pan from the heat, put a lid on it and set the timer again, giving the following timings:
  2. 6 minutes will produce a soft, fairly liquid yolk and a white that is just set but still quite wobbly.
  3. 7 minutes will produce a firmer more creamy yolk with a white that is completely set.


It is important to note that not everybody like soft boiled eggs, some people prefer to eat them straight from the shell, hard-boiled. Which is still good and the method is as follows:

  1. Place the eggs into a saucepan that is the right size so that they sit comfortably and then add enough cold water to cover them by an inch.
  2. Bring the water up to boiling point then turn to a simmer, put a timer on for 6 minutes if you like a bit of softness in the middle, and 7 minutes if you like them cooked through. Remove the hot water as soon as they are cooked.
  3. Thirdly and most importantly, is to cool the eggs rapidly under cold running water. Allow the cold tap to run over them for about 1 minute, after that, then leave them in cold water till they’re cool enough to handle – about 2 minutes.
  4. This rapid cooling helps to prevent dark rings forming between the yolk and the white.
  5. To peel them crack the shells all over on a hard surface. Then peel the shell off starting at the wide end.
  6. After peeling rinse again in case there are any bits of shell still clinging.
  7. Once you’ve mastered the art of boiling eggs you can serve them in a variety of ways.

What’s the difference between a hard-boiled and soft-boiled egg?
Hard-boiled eggs have firm whites and yolks, while Soft-boiled eggs have firm whites also, but soft yolks.

Soft/Hard boiled eggs
Soft/Hard boiled eggs


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