Boil an Egg

The far left egg is soft boiled for 4 minutes, the middle egg is medium boiled for 6 minutes, and the right is hard boiled for 10 minutes.

A boiled egg is the perfect breakfast dish, simple side and amazing source of protein to jump start your day. Depending on how long you let an egg boil, the egg will cook to different temperatures. Knowing these times will allow you to not only achieve egg perfection, but will also help you peel the eggs with ease. So here’s how to boil an egg!

1) Fill a medium to large sized pot  with water (the size of the pot will be determined by how many eggs are being cooked). There should be enough water to cover the eggs by 1 inch. Bring the water to a boil over medium-high heat, and once it reaches a rolling boil, carefully add the eggs so they do not crack (a slotted spoon works best). Start timing immediately and cook to desired doneness:

  • Soft Boiled Egg – 4 minutes – The white will have set, and the yolk will be runny.
  • Medium Boiled Egg – 6 minutes – The white will have set, and the yolk will be mostly set but still gooey in the middle (the yolk will look moist).
  • Hard Boiled Egg – 10 minutes – Both the white and yolk will have set (the yolk will look crumbly).

2) Once the eggs are cooked to the desired doneness, remove them from the pot and put them in a bowl of ice water. Allow the eggs to cool for at least 10 to 15 minutes.

3) Peel the eggs carefully and enjoy immediately, or store unpeeled for up to 5 days.

** The aggressive, rolling boil and immediate shock in the ice bath will make the eggs easier to peel once they are cooked.


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