How To Boil An Egg Step-By-Step Guided By Anthony Bourdain

Guest Chef Anthony Bourdain recommends the following method. We tested his instructions on how to boil eggs from his book Anthony Bourdain’s Les Halles Cookbook. Strategies, recipes, and techniques of classic bistro cooking with Jose de Meirelles and Phillipe Lajaune.

“How to hard-boil a freaking egg”

Step 1. Eggs, Water & Pot

Put your eggs gently into a small pot filled with cold water.

Put your eggs gently into a small pot filled with cold water.

Step 2. Turn up the heat

Bring the water to a rapid boil.

Bring the water to a rapid boil

Step 3. Turn off heat and cover

As soon as the water is boiling, shut off the heat and put a lid on top.

As soon as the water is boiling, shut off the heat and put a lid on top.

Step 4. The 10 minute cook in

After 10 minutes, remove the eggs and slide them carefully into ice water to cool.

After 10 minutes, remove the eggs and slide them carefully into ice water to cool

Step 5. Cool in an ice bath and enjoy!

When cool? Peel.

When cool?  Peel.

Here’s how you know if you’ve done it right: if the egg is cooked thoroughly, the shell peels off cleanly and the yolk is not surrounded by an unsightly gray ring. Gray ring? Try again.

Result

Anthony Bourdain was a chef with personality. The fact that he started this section off with such an expression, “How to hard-boil a freaking egg”, you only have to laugh. For anyone who watched any of his TV shows, you could hear him say those words then start to show you how he creates culinary feasts with delight. These eggs came out as he said they would.

Items we used to test these instructions

The Source

Anthony Bourdain’s Les Halles Cookbook. Strategies, recipes, and techniques of classic bistro cooking with Jose de Meirelles and Phillipe Lajaune.

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How To Boil An Egg Step-By-Step Guided By Anthony Bourdain

Guest Chef Anthony Bourdain recommends the following method. We tested his instructions on how to boil eggs from his book Anthony Bourdain's Les Halles Cookbook. Strategies, recipes, and techniques of classic bistro cooking with Jose de Meirelles and Phillipe Lajaune.
Prep Time5 mins
Active Time10 mins
Ice Bath5 mins
Total Time20 mins
Yield: 2 Eggs
Cost: 1.00

Equipment

  • Pot
  • Bowl
  • Stove
  • Pair of Tongs

Materials

  • 6 Each Eggs
  • 6 Cups Water
  • 8 Each Ice Cubes

Instructions

  • Step 1. Eggs, Water & Pot. Put your eggs gently into a small pot filled with cold water.
  • Step 2. Turn up the heat. Bring the water to a rapid boil.
  • Step 3. Turn off heat and cover. As soon as the water is boiling, shut off the heat and put a lid on top.
  • Step 4. The 10 minute cook in. After 10 minutes, remove the eggs and slide them carefully into ice water to cool.
  • Step 5. Cool in an ice bath and enjoy! When cool? Peel.

Other Ways To Boil Eggs

Steamed Eggs is another boil egg method that produces a perfect hard boiled egg and it is easy to peel. Visit our page link below, on how to perfectly steam eggs.