How To Boil Eggs Perfectly Every Time

How to boil the perfect hard boiled egg

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Through the guidance of many chefs, we have tested many ways of boiling an egg and here is the foolproof easy way that will give you a perfect boiled egg without the grey ring.

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Follow our step-by-step guide to a perfect boiled egg

Eggs First

Place eggs in a single layer in a pot.  Add enough cold water to cover the eggs by about 2 inches above the eggs.

Add water to cover eggs

Turn Up The Heat

Leave the pot uncovered at a medium-high heat and bring it to a gentle boil.

Bring eggs to boil

The 9 Minute Cook for A Perfect Boiled Egg

Turn off the heat and cover for 9 minutes.  This process is called steeping or coddling, the eggs will continue to cook in the heat and produce a creamy white and a nicely cooked yolk.

Turn off heat and cover pot

The Ice Bath

Prepare an ice bath.  Bowl with water and ice.

Ice bath

The Fast Cool

After 9 minutes, place the eggs in the ice bath for a few minutes, to stop them from cooking, and help the white to move away from the shell for easier peeling.

Eggs in ice bath

Easy Peeling

To peel an egg perfectly, crack the larger end of the egg (it has an air pocket), and in water, peel the egg, if you can, in large sections, not little by little.  The water helps the white remain slippery and peels from the shell easier. If you can get under the membrane, this will add to the egg peeling easier. Unpeeled, the boiled egg should be perfectly smooth and oval.

Crack larger end and peel egg

The Perfect Hard Boiled Egg

The perfect hard boiled egg
The Perfect Hard Boiled Egg

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The Printable instructions on the fool proof easy way that will give you a perfect boiled egg without the grey ring.



Course Appetizer, Breakfast, Snack
Prep Time 12 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Time eggs cooking after the heat is turned off 9 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes
Servings 6 Hard Boiled Eggs
Cost $3.00

Equipment

  • Pot
  • Bowl
  • Tongs
  • Stove
  • Paper towel

Ingredients

  • 6 each eggs
  • 6 cups water cold tap water

Instructions

  • Place eggs in a single layer in a pot.  Add enough cold water to cover the eggs by about 2 inches above the eggs.
    Add water to cover eggs
  • Leave the pot uncovered and with a medium-high heat, bring it to a gentle boil.
    Bring eggs to boil
  • Turn off the heat and cover for 9 minutes.  This process is called steeping or coddling, the eggs will continue to cook in the heat and produce a creamy white and a nicely cooked yolk.
    Turn off heat and cover pot
  • Prepare an ice bath.  Bowl with water and ice.
    Ice bath
  • After 9 minutes, place the eggs in the ice bath for a few minutes, to stop them from cooking, and help the white to move away from the shell for easier peeling.
    Eggs in ice bath
  • To peel an egg perfectly, crack larger end of the egg (it has an air pocket), and in water, peel the egg, if you can, in large sections, not little by little.  The water helps the white remain slippery and peels from the shell easier. If you can get under the membrane, this will add to the egg peeling easier. Unpeeled, the boiled egg should be perfectly smooth and oval.
    Crack the shell to make it easier to peel
large egg nutrition facts

Eggs Cooked By Time And The Results

The time an egg cooks makes all the difference in its firmness

3 minute – soft boiled egg, not set

3 minute egg

Runny yolk and white.  But a 4-minute egg will have a runny yolk and soft white.

5 minute – soft boiled egg

5 minute egg

The yolk will be cooked and runny and the white still soft but more firm

7 minute – medium-boiled egg

7 minute egg

The medium boiled egg yolk starts to harden and the white is solid

9 minute – hard boiled egg

9 minute egg

The 9 minute hard boiled egg has a yolk and white that are firm

11 minute – hard boiled egg

11 minute egg

The 11 minute hard boiled egg is somewhat chalky but ideal for salads

How did we come up with the perfect way to boil an egg for great results? 

We studied various professional chefs and tried to followed their instructions. Some recipes worked and some did not.  

Visit our Chefs and see the results of the various ways to boil an egg!

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Anthony Bordain
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Julia Child
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Mark Bittman
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Williams Sonoma
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Ruth Reichl
Americas Test Kitchen Boil Egg Instructions
America’s Test Kitchen

What makes a perfect hard boiled egg?

egg freshness

THE AGE OF THE EGG

Eggs that are at least one week old are better than a farm-fresh egg.

egg

THE SIZE OF THE EGG

Large or extra large are the best eggs for this recipe. These are also the most commonly available in the supermarket and on egg-laying farms.

egg refrigerator

THE TASTE OF THE BOILED EGG

Keeping the egg in the refrigerator (in the USA) in its egg carton will keep the egg fresher longer and keep from other refrigerator smells from entering the egg through its shell. Eggs in the US are washed and this removes its natural protective coating, this is why they must be kept in the refrigerator in their own egg carton and when you hard boil the eggs they taste natural as an egg should.

Fresh egg

HOW TO TELL IF THE EGG IS FRESH

If you crack a fresh uncooked egg, the yolk will be sitting high on the egg white. If you crack an older egg, the yolk will be flatter and the whites more liquid. Both edible, but fresh is always better.

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