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How to Make the Perfect Boiled Eggs

Eggs are such an affordable food that make for an quick and easy breakfast or snack. Boiling eggs in particular make for easy travel and a mess free clean up. Unfortunately, they cook in the shell so it's tough to get them cooked correctly to your liking. These are my tips for how to make a perfect boiled egg every time.

Desired Consistency:

Before I get to the how to, you need to know what your desired consistency of the egg yolk is as this will affect your cooking time.

Soft (far left): Egg whites will be fully cooked, egg yolk will be a thick runny consistency.

Medium (middle): Egg whites will be fully cooked, egg yolk will be a gel texture with a small amount of very thick liquid in the center.

Hard Boiled (far right): Egg whites and yolk will be fully cooked and solid.


1. Fill your pot with enough water that your eggs will be covered (but don't add them yet).

2. Bring water to a boil. Once boiling, turn down to medium-low heat and add eggs. The water should continue to be at a low boil through the cooking process.

3. For soft boiled eggs, leave in for 6 1/2 minutes. For medium boiled eggs, leave in for 8 minutes. For hard boiled eggs, leave in for 9 minutes.

4. Once your eggs are cooked, remove from the water and add to an ice bath immediately (not just cold water - there must be ice cubes) for 1-2 minutes. This step is crucial to make sure your eggs peel easily.

5. Remove from the water and set aside to peel when ready to eat.

6. To peel, simply tap the egg on the flat surface of your counter to crack the egg and peel from there. Do not use the sharp edge of the counter, you are much more likely to have the shell stick to the egg.

7. Rinse any leftover shells off the egg and enjoy!

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