How to Make Perfect Boiled Eggs

It’s surprising how easy it is to boil an egg, yet how many people get it so wrong? Probably a lot more than you think, but that’s a totally different subject.

Below are quick and easy instructions on how to make the perfect boiled egg, every time, read them carefully and watch the video at the end.

Tools and ingredients that you’ll need to make the perfect boiled egg:

  • A small to medium sized saucepan
  • An egg timer or stopwatch
  • One or more eggs
  • Water

How to make the perfect boiled egg

First, run enough cold water in the saucepan to cover your eggs by at least one centemeter, or about a half inch. If your eggs are not fully covered by water, they’ll crack because of the difference in temperature between the part of the shell exposed to the air.


Place your eggs in the water, make sure they’re covered, and turn the heat up to medium high. Once your water starts to boil, turn your timer on – 3 minutes for soft boiled eggs and 6-7 minutes for hard boiled eggs, then turn your heat down to medium. Stir the eggs at least once half way through the boiling process to make sure they cook evenly.

Don’t cook your eggs too long. Boiling your eggs too long will result in a green ring forming around the yolk which is unsightly and makes the egg taste bitter. Generally, 6 minutes at a rapid boil is the limit to how long you want to boil an egg.

When the eggs are finished cooking, there are a number of different ways to serve them. You can simply serve them as-is in an egg cup with toast, or you can cook them a little firmer and use them to make egg salad sandwiches. One of my favorite things to do with boiled eggs is to dice them up and add them to a nice garden salad.

However you decide to cook them, eggs make for a quick, easy and inexpensive way to add extra protein, nutrients and Omega 3 to any diet!

Here’s a short video of one person’s technique for making boiled eggs

Filed Under: Food & Cooking


About the Author: Leona Kesler is a head-chef at a very popular food restaurant in New York. Also she is a blogger who shares her experiences, tips, and other informative details about food and cooking. Her recipes are featured on many magazines.

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