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The Right Way to Boil an Egg

By Hilary Meyer, March 23, 2016 - 12:47pm

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Hilary asks: What’s your secret for a perfectly cooked egg?


Place eggs in a pan large enough that they are all on the bottom. Cover with an inch of cold water over the tops of the eggs. Bring to a full boil with high heat. Immediately remove from heat, cover. 12 min for small eggs up to 18 min for the extra large we raise ourselves. Then immediately run cold water over them, let stand in cold water with plenty of ice to cool them down.

Problem with metered heat for a time period is that heat modulation/control across electric/gas stoves and other manufacturer variables is hard to accomplish uniformly. And the recipe given does not account for egg size.


03/25/2016 - 5:52pm

Actually, it may depend on your goal. To name drop, Alton Brown just posted about hard boiled eggs, or rather steamed eggs. If your goal is an easy peeling egg, as well as done well, it's better to introduce the eggs to heat as quickly as possible, rather than starting them in cold water and slowly raising the temperature. I'll try this method soon.


03/23/2016 - 8:32pm

I start with a pan of water at room temperature, add the eggs and bring to a boil, then turn off the heat and let the eggs sit in the water for 5 minutes before removing.


03/23/2016 - 2:21pm

I bring the water to a boil w/ the eggs in the water from the start. As soon as the water starts to boil , remove from heat.. Wait 12-13 minutes, then into cold water and they are perfectly cooked.


03/23/2016 - 12:43pm

I find that brown eggs take much longer to fully cook than white-shelled eggs. I do all of the above for the white eggs, simmering 11 minutes for large. But brown eggs seem to take 15 minutes. Anyone else find this?


04/04/2015 - 11:01am

I bring them to an 'almost boil', remove them from the heat, give them a gentle stir, cover them with a lid for 10 minutes and then into an ice bath. Perfect every time.


04/04/2015 - 10:21am

- two eggs in a small fry pan with 2 tbsp of milk
- scramble and cook until the eggs just start to firm up
- add some shredded cheddar and cook until done


10/31/2013 - 6:45pm

I think I will try eggies next time!


01/15/2012 - 6:27pm

More comments on boiling an egg than on any other topic. Hmmmm.


12/30/2011 - 3:18pm

I buy "Egglands Best" Hard Boiled eggs. They are perfect every time!


12/10/2011 - 1:58pm

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