How to Boil Eggs

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Learn the best ways to cook eggs for effortless, perfect hard-boiled eggs every time.

step 1: Put the eggs on the bottom of the pan. Be sure not to crowd the eggs in the pan. They should be comfortable to wear.

Step 2: Pour cold water into the pot, 1 inch above the eggs.

Step 3: Bring the water to a rapid boil on the stovetop over high heat.

Step 4: When the water boils, cover the pot and remove the pot from the heat. Do not lift the lid. Set a timer for the type of boiled eggs you want, anywhere from 4 minutes to 12 minutes.

Step 5: Fill a large bowl with ice and water.

Step 6: When the eggs have reached the desired cooking time, use tongs to remove the eggs from the hot water and submerge lightly in the prepared ice water to cool, about 10 minutes.

Step 7: Beat the eggs lightly on a hard surface, then peel the shells. Rinse the eggs in cold water to remove any shell fragments, then pat dry.

How to Cook Eggs: Rinse Peeled Eggs

How many minutes should I boil eggs?

Soft cook (runny or very soft yolks) – 4 to 6 minutes

Hard boiled (solid cooked yolk) – 8 to 12 minutes

4-, 6-, 8-, and 10-minute boiled eggs


Why is there a green circle around my egg yolk?

Unfortunately, a green yolk means you overcooked the egg.

One of my eggs cracked while cooking. Can I still eat?

Every once in a while, the egg will crack as it boils and may leak some of the inner white or even the yolk. The egg is still technically edible since it is already cooked, although the method is slightly different. Usually I simply discard these eggs.

How to Cook Eggs: Peeled Eggs Smooth vs Lumpy

Why are my eggs not peeling smoothly?

Sometimes, when you peel an egg, you may notice pieces of the egg falling off along with the shell. This is completely normal and will not affect the taste of the eggs, only the appearance. There are many reasons for eggs not peeling smoothly. Fresh eggs are difficult to peel, while older eggs are easier to peel. There are many tips, tricks, and old wives’ tales on how to peel an egg smoothly. Add a teaspoon of baking soda, or a teaspoon of vinegar, to the water. Prick the bottom of the eggs with a needle before cooking. Crack the eggs before placing them in the ice bath. These are just a few of the many tips and tricks.

An aerial view of how long eggs cook.

Learn the best ways to cook eggs for effortless, perfect hard-boiled eggs every time.

Preparation time 5 minute

cooking time 10 minute

total time 15 minute

raw material

  • 12 Egg
  • 4 cup water About

Serve: 1Egg | Calories: 63kcal | carbohydrate: 1G | protein: 6G | fat: 4G | Saturated fat: 1G | cholesterol: 164mg | sodium: 67mg | Potassium: 61mg | sugar: 1G | Vitamin A: 238unit | calcium: 27mg | iron: 1mg