It’s surprising how easy it is to boil an egg, yet how many people get it so wrong. Below are quick and easy instructions on how to make the perfect boiled egg every time.
Tools and ingredients you’ll need to make the perfect boiled egg:
- A small to medium sized saucepan
- An egg timer or stopwatch
- One or more eggs
How to make the perfect boiled egg:
First, run enough cold water in the saucepan to cover your eggs by at least one centimeter, 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. A lot of people like to dice boiled eggs and add them to a nice garden salad. A few of my daughters, and my husband, love to approach eggs with a bottle of hot sauce in hand. Personally, all I ask for is my pepper shaker and I’m good.
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! Boiled eggs are especially nice because you dodge the frying as well as the butter.
Here’s a short video of another person’s technique for making boiled eggs (This woman is in no way associated with Get Cooking or me, for that matter… but she serves as an excellent video instructor!)