How to Boil an Egg

Learning how to boil an egg is important if you want it done perfectly. There are many ways to boil eggs which is why almost everyone you ask will have different methods.

I personally like my hard boiled eggs done right, and easy to peel. Below are directions that I compiled from several recipes to boil the perfect egg. There are two different ways to boil eggs, hard and soft.

According to a New York Times article, depending on how hard/soft you want the eggs, you will bring the eggs to a boil. Then, turn off the heat and let them sit for anywhere between 10-17min covered. Afterwards, they need to be put into cold water immediately. This will make them easier to peel and cool them off quicker. Also, make sure you use water with some salt when the eggs are cooking. This will help seal the eggs if they become cracked and stop leaks.’s home cooking article provides the following directions:

  1. Place eggs in single layer in saucepan.
  2. Cover with at least one inch of cold water over tops of shells.
  3. Cover pot with lid and bring to a boil over medium heat.
  4. As soon as the water comes to a full boil, remove from heat and let stand.
  5. Large soft-cooked eggs: let stand in hot water 1 to 4 minutes, depending on your tastes.
  6. Large hard-cooked eggs: let stand in hot water 15 to 17 minutes.
  7. When cooked to desired level, drain off hot water.
  8. Immediately cover with cold water and add a few ice cubes.
  9. Soft-cooked eggs: let stand in cold water until cool enough to handle. Serve.
  10. Hard-cooked eggs: let stand in cold water until completely cooled. Use as needed.



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