Boiling a perfect egg is sometimes difficult. Learn to make perfectly boiled eggs every time you make them.
Classic Boiled EggsCourse: SnacksCuisine: UniversalDifficulty: Easy
This boiled egg recipe is a simple and classic dish that can be prepared in just a few minutes. It’s a healthy and delicious source of protein that can be enjoyed for breakfast, as a snack, or added to salads and sandwiches. With just a few ingredients and minimal prep time, this recipe is a versatile and nutritious addition to any meal plan.
Eggs (as many as you’d like)
- Place the eggs in a saucepan or pot. Make sure the pot is large enough to hold all of the eggs in a single layer.
- Add enough cold water to the pot to cover the eggs by about 1 inch (2.5 cm).
- Place the pot on the stove over high heat and bring the water to a boil.
- Once the water is boiling, reduce the heat to low to maintain a gentle simmer.
- Set a timer for the desired doneness:
- For soft-boiled eggs with runny yolks and set whites, cook for 4-6 minutes.
- For medium-boiled eggs with partially set yolks and set whites, cook for 7-8 minutes.
- For hard-boiled eggs with fully set yolks and set whites, cook for 9-12 minutes.
- When the eggs are done, use a slotted spoon to transfer them to a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process.
- Let the eggs cool in the ice water for at least 5 minutes.
- Once the eggs are cool, gently tap them on a hard surface to crack the shells. Peel off the shells and discard them.
- Adding a pinch of salt to the boiling water can enhance the flavor of boiled eggs.
- The total time is 15 minutes, which includes the time spent preparing, boiling, and chilling the eggs in the ice water.
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
Note: The nutritional values are approximate and for one egg only and may vary depending on the size of the egg and the method of cooking. I have calculated the values using nutritional calculators, and they rely on standard egg sizes.
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1 servings per container
- Amount Per ServingCalories78
- % Daily Value *
- Total Fat
- Saturated Fat 2g 10%
- Trans Fat 0g
- Cholesterol 186mg 62%
- Sodium 62mg 3%
- Potassium 0mg 0%
- Total Carbohydrate
- Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
- Sugars 0.6g
- Protein 6g 12%
* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Tips to Make Perfectly Boiled Eggs
Creating the perfect boiled egg might seem tricky, but these tips make it a breeze:
- Fresh & Fine: Pick fresh eggs – around a week old is best. Fresher eggs are easier to peel and cook nicely.
- Warm-Up Time: Give your eggs 10-15 minutes at room temperature before boiling. This helps them cook evenly and avoids cracks.
- No Crowding: Spread the eggs out in the pot, no piling up. They need space to move around. If it’s too tight, they might crack or cook unevenly.
- Time it Right: Cooking time varies by egg size and your taste. Test different times. Soft-boiled? 5-6 minutes. Hard-boiled? 10-12 minutes.
- Vinegar Shield: Add a spoonful of vinegar to the water. It keeps eggs from cracking while cooking. The vinegar helps egg whites stay put if a shell cracks.
With these tricks, your boiled eggs will be egg-ceptional!
Dietary Information for Boiled Eggs
Boiling eggs seems simple, but it can be tricky to get them just right. To ensure a perfectly cooked boiled egg every time, start with an egg that is at room temperature and gently lower it into the boiling water. Set a timer to ensure that you don’t overcook or undercook it. After boiling, immediately transfer it to an ice bath to stop the cooking process and make it easier to peel. With these tips, you’ll have a perfectly cooked boiled egg that is easy to peel and delicious to eat. If you want to make an omelette then check out this recipe of Cheese Omelette.
Frequently Asked Questions
Boil the eggs for 9-12 minutes for hard-boiled eggs or 4-6 minutes for soft-boiled eggs, depending on how runny you like the yolk.
Yes, you can store them in the fridge for up to one week. Store them in a covered container to prevent them from absorbing odors from other foods.
No, boiled eggs should not be frozen as this can cause the egg whites to become rubbery and the yolks to become crumbly.
To check if the eggs are done boiling, remove one egg from the pot and place it in a bowl of cold water. If the yolk is set and the whites are firm, the eggs are done.
To peel them easily, crack the shells all over and then roll them gently on the countertop before peeling. This can help to loosen the shell and make it easier to remove.
Yes, you can add salt to the water when boiling eggs. This can help to prevent the eggs from cracking and make them easier to peel. However, be careful not to add too much salt, as this can make the eggs taste too salty.
Experts do not recommend reheating boiled eggs in the microwave as it can cause them to explode. If you need to reheat them, the best way is to place them in a bowl of hot water for a few minutes until they are warmed through.