How to make perfect boiled eggs, every time

How to make perfect boiled eggs, every time

  • 30 April 2021
Whether for a quick snack, easy breakfast, or a yummy protein to add to a salad - eggs are a versatile, extremely affordable source of good quality protein.

Although boiled eggs may seem like one of the easiest things to cook, it’s actually quite easy to mess them up! When it comes to boiling eggs, the biggest problem is that people accidentally overcook their eggs.

Follow these steps below to make sure your eggs are cooked to perfection, every time.

How to boil eggs

1. Fill a pot with enough water to completely cover the eggs, and bring the water to the boil.

2. Use room temperature eggs - this prevent the eggs from cracking. If you store eggs in the fridge, take them out at least 30 minutes before so they can come to room temperature.

3. Pop your eggs into the boiling water gently with a slotted spoon.

4. Start timing - the secret to getting your eggs to your preference of soft boiled or hard boiled is careful timing:

  • Soft boiled: 3–4 minutes

  • Medium: 6–8 minutes.

  • Hard boiled: 10 minutes.

Boil according to your preference.

5. Remove the eggs from the water with the slotted spoon. Once they're taken out the water, the eggs will carry on cooking - because they are still very hot and the shell acts as an oven which keeps the egg warm. To stop them from over cooking, place them in an icy, cold water bath or simply run under cold water for a minute. This will not only stop the egg cooking, but also helps make it easier to peel.

6. Peel them and enjoy, or store them in the fridge for up to 5 days.