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How to Boil Eggs to Perfection

Prepare perfectly boiled eggs for breakfast, fancy appetizers, or a treat to enjoy any time of the day.

George Steckel|Nov 30, 2020

Hard boiled eggs are an easy breakfast staple. They are also the main ingredient in egg salad (perfect for sandwiches!), deviled eggs (perfect for a party!), and colorful dyed eggs (perfect for spring!). With a few minutes, you can prepare several at a time and enjoy having breakfast on the go for a whole week! Although boiled eggs are pretty simple to make, they can be tricky to perfect. Use this recipe and guideline on cooking times to prepare perfectly boiled eggs for breakfast, fancy appetizers, or a treat to enjoy any time of the day.

How to Make the Perfect Boiled Eggs in Minutes

Gently place your eggs in the bottom of a


. Be sure you select a large enough pan for the eggs to fit comfortably and have enough room to jiggle around. For large batches of boiled eggs, you can use a



Fill the pan with cold water until the eggs are covered with about one inch.

Put the pan on one of your stovetop burners and bring to a boil over high heat.

When the water reaches a rolling boil, turn off the heat, remove the pan from the burner, and cover it with a

tight-fitting lid


Set a timer for the desired cooking time (4 to 10 minutes).

While the eggs are cooking, fill a large bowl with cold water and ice. Be sure to leave a little room for the water to rise.

Once the eggs have finished cooking, uncover the saucepan. Use tongs to carefully put the eggs into the ice bath. Allow the eggs to cool completely in the ice water (about 10 minutes). The ice water bath not only stops the eggs from continuing to cook, but it also causes the eggs to pull away from their shells, ensuring you have easy to peel hard boiled eggs. If you skip this step, you will have overcooked eggs, and they’ll be difficult to peel.

To peel the eggs once cooled, gently tap one end of the egg on your countertop or against another hard surface. Start at the cracked end and carefully peel away the shell. Rinse the eggs in cold water to remove any leftover bits of shell and pat dry with a clean, lint-free cloth or paper towel.

Enjoy right away or store in your fridge to have healthy snacks for later.

A Word on Cooking Time and Yolks

When boiling eggs, the cooking time depends on how you like the eggs done. Soft boiled eggs have fully cooked egg whites with soft, almost runny yolks. Hard boiled eggs have fully cooked whites and yolks that are completely cooked through. Most recipes for deviled eggs or egg salad call for hard boiled eggs.

Eggs should be boiled for at least four minutes to ensure the whites cook through. You can add time in two-minute increments for medium boiled eggs. Boil your eggs for up to 12 minutes to achieve the perfect hard boiled egg. If you boil for much longer than 12 minutes, you will overcook the eggs. Overcooking can create an unpleasant taste and texture, in addition to strange dark lines throughout the yolk.

Enjoy All the Easy Breakfasts You Can Eat!

When learning how to make boiled eggs, you can experiment with the cooking times to determine the type of yolks you like best. Whether you love the smooth texture of a soft boiled egg on avocado toast or the well-done taste of hard boiled eggs dipped in paprika and pepper, with this recipe, you'll be able to get your eggs right every time.

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