How to boil eggs

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Boiling is a cooking method that has been around almost as long as the invention of deep cooking utensils. Eggs are some of the most commonly heated food items and they are used for a lot of recipes. Boiling eggs can be super easy to learn and here are simplest steps you can find.

Hard boiled eggs

  1. Put the raw eggs in the deep pan.
  2. Fill the pan with water until the eggs are completely submerged.
  3. Turn up the stove at low to medium heat.
  4. Set an alarm or timer to 7-10 minutes, depending on how firm you want the egg to be.
  5. Wait for the water to boil. Bubbles will form on the water’s surface that will indicate that the water is gently boiling.
  6. Once the water has boiled, turn off the heat and transfer the eggs to cold water for one minute to stop the cooking process and make them easier to peel.

Tip: Eggs should not be boiled for longer than 12 minutes because the egg yolks will crumble and the egg whites will get rubbery.

Soft boiled eggs 

The basic difference between soft boiled and hard boiled egg is the cooking time which results to a variation in the consistency of the yolk and egg white after boiling.

  1. In a pot or pan, gently bring water to a boil.
  2. Using a slotted ladle, carefully lower the eggs into the boiling water.
  3. Set the timer. For large eggs, the approximate time for soft boiling is about four minutes while for small or medium sized eggs it is about three minutes.
  4. Once the time is up, carefully take out the eggs and plunge them in cold water to prevent overcooking.

Boiled cracked eggs or poached eggs 

When thinking about boiled eggs, people often just remember soft boiled and hard boiled eggs. But poached eggs are cooking by boiling too. Poaching is basically boiling a cracked egg and it is considered a healthier substitute for fried sunny side up eggs. Poached eggs are commonly found in breakfast dishes, salads and prepared as eggs Benedict.

  1. Boil water in a pan or pot.
  2. Carefully crack one egg on a small bowl or soup ladle.
  3. Spin the water using a spoon or ladle
  4. Drop the egg and wait for 3-5 minutes for it to cook.
  5. Remove the egg from the water.

Tips:

  • Adding any kind of vinegar to the water before boiling helps the egg look better because it coagulates the egg white.
  • Using milk instead of water for boiling the crack eggs result in richer taste.

Additional Tips:

  • Making use of eggs from the fridge is not such a good idea. It is best to use room temperature eggs for boiling to avoid cracking and have a more predictable cooking time.
  • Remember that cooking rapidly with high heat makes the protein in eggs tough and rubbery so it is better to cook slowly at low temperature. 

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