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How to Boil Eggs (VIDEO)

Updated: Jun 22

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three eggs boiled and peeled

Eggs are making the comeback they deserve after several decades of being wrongly seen as a high-cholesterol food that caused heart disease. Properly produced eggs are rich in just about every nutrient, especially fat-soluble vitamins A and D.

two halves eggs in my hands

When we are talking about how to boil eggs, we need to consider a few things:

  • the size of the eggs

  • the temperature of the eggs/water

  • the applications they are going to be used.

two eggs in hands

BOILED EGGS, sounds simpler than it is

Have you ever tried hotel-style hard boiled eggs? That’s when the whites are rubbery with a gray-green ring around the yolk, and the yolk itself is so dry it’s almost impossible to swallow without having to take a drink and that is what we’re trying to avoid!

Funny story about boiled eggs. At the neighborhood playground my boys love to visit, I sometimes see a father with his three children. The kids like to play with my Thomas, so I’ve watched them quite a bit. What really caught my eye was that they always have real food for snacks. I’ve never seen them with any junk food. It’s always fruits, vegetables, etc.

One day, the little girl was eating a hard-boiled egg, and she came up to her dad. She said, “Help, Papa. I can’t swallow! The yolk stuck to my tongue!” He told her it’s because, unlike deviled eggs with mayonnaise, plain eggs aren’t easy to eat. That’s not true! In this case, the egg was simply overcooked. Overcooked eggs aren’t pleasant to eat, and they can ruin your breakfast.

soft boil egg in half with salt, pepper, olive oil

Bonus tip: If you are boiling fresh eggs to eat, the best time to add seasoning like salt and black pepper is when they’re warm. That way they soak up the flavor quickly and give you a better result.

How to Boil Eggs?

I’m going to tell you how to make perfect boiled eggs that aren’t overcooked.

medium hard boil egg split in half in my hands

Best way is to start with eggs and water that are both at room temperatureIt is extremely important to use eggs and water at the same temperature to avoid cracking.

Also keep in mind that super-fresh eggs are harder to peel when boiled, so there’s nothing wrong with using a two- to three-week old egg. It’ll be much easier to peel!

Step 1: Place eggs in the bottom of a saucepan.

eggs in sauce pot

Step 2: Fill the pot with  water, 1 inch above the eggs.  If they are cold, add cold water; if they are room temperature, add room temperature water.

Step 3: Take a wooden spoon/spatula and gently try to move them around. This step allows to level up the egg yolks and natural centering in the middle, as a result you will get every time beautiful egg yolks in the middle.

Step 4: Do not cover the saucepan. Bring the water to a boil on the stovetop.

Step 5: Once the water comes to a boil, cover the pan with a lid and remove the pan from the heat.

Step 6: Depending on the size of your eggs and the type of boiled eggs you want; the time will vary anywhere from 4 to 11 minutes. The sweet spot for a medium to large egg is 6 minutes. For hard boil eggs that great for egg salad is 10 minutes.

Step 7: Fill a large bowl with ice and water.

eggs in an ice bath

Step 8: Use a spider-spoon to remove the eggs from the hot water and gently place them in the prepared ice water to cool.

Step 9: Gently tap the eggs against a hard surface to crack the shell, and then place bake into the water. This step helps to remove shell nice and clean. Then peel it. Rinse the eggs under cold water to remove any bits of shell. Place on a paper towel to dry.

Technically, these aren’t truly boiled... they’re actually poached with the shell, but you can call them whatever you want. This way they always come out perfectly, with no cracks, no rubbery whites, and a boiled slightly creamy yolk in the middle.

How to tell which one egg is cooked?

This is a simple trick that everyone should know. Place the egg on your counter and if it spins, it is ready! It if only wobbles, this means that the center isn't fully cooked so put it back into the hot water a little while longer and then retest. 

Take a look this video:

If you want to turn those perfectly boiled eggs into a delicious egg salad, use this recipe:

egg salad on a plate

Or use boiled eggs in this amazing dish called, Authentic Ukrainian Green Borscht:

pot with soup and two bowls with bread

I hope this hard boil eggs will make your meals easier and tastier. If you like to leave a comment, please do it. Also, please tag me #innichka_chef on Instagram, Facebook, Patreon or Pinterest.

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