Whether you like your eggs boiled hard or soft, with the right cooking time you can get them exactly how you like them best. My perfect boiled egg is a large egg lowered into an already simmering water and left to simmer for 7 minutes until the egg white is set and the egg yolk is soft and waxy.
The cooking times below refer to large eggs. If you are using medium-size eggs reduce the cooking time by 30 seconds. If you are using small eggs reduce the cooking time by a minute.
Tip: A pinch of salt added to the boiling water will keep the eggs from cracking.
Boiled EggsCourse: Breakfast, BrunchDifficulty: Simple
Cracking the secret to the perfect hard- or soft-boiled egg.
4 large organic eggs
- Fill a small saucepan three-quarters full with water and bring the water to a boil. Add a generous pinch of salt and, using a spoon, lower one egg at a time into the simmering water and remove again (this procedure prevents the temperature shock from the refrigerator to the boiling water, which is sometimes the reason for bursting egg shells), then let the egg carefully slide from the spoon into the water so they don’t hit the bottom of the pot.
- Cooking time:
5 minutes for very soft-boiled eggs
7 minutes for waxy soft-boiled eggs
10 minutes for hard-boiled eggs
- Remove the pot from the stove, take out the eggs using a slotted spoon and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process.
- Enjoy your perfect egg sprinkled with salt.
- Eggs are very healthy and rich in nutrients. The less you cook an egg the more nutrients you preserve.
- A pinch of salt added to the boiling water will keep the eggs from cracking.