How to Boil an Egg: It's Simple—and Complicated!

Updated: Apr 26

Eggs! Thank you for being a easy and quick way to add protein to any meal. Here’s a guide to boiled eggs, from runny to crumbly hard-cooked. #breakfast


  • 1 dozen eggs


  1. Put the eggs in a large pot with a lid. Pour cool water over the eggs until fully submerged. Put the pot over high heat and bring to a boil.

  2. Once the water is at a rolling boil, turn off the heat and cover the pot with the lid.

  3. Allow the eggs to sit in the hot water for the following times (see above) according to the desired doneness: 3-6 minutes for SOFT boiled; 7-9 minutes for MEDIUM boiled; 11-13 minutes for HARD boiled.

  4. Prepare a bowl of ice water. Transfer the cooked eggs to the ice water to cool completely before peeling. This also prevents the green yolk problem.

***Very fresh eggs are delicious fried or scrambled, but older eggs are actually easier to peel. Your best bet for hard-boiled eggs is to choose eggs you've had in the refrigerator for a week or two.

***Boiling time can vary depending on the size of the eggs.


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