How To Properly Boil An Egg

So this weekend I found myself watching Master Chef on the Cooking Channel and I was surprised to see one of the challenges was… how to properly boil an egg! I was more surprised how many chefs failed this challenge, which in return made me doubt myself right away because I never really picked up a book to figure out how to make perfect boiled eggs.  I did what most people do, trial  and error,  put the egg in the water, hope for the best,  then wait 10 minutes.  Then it made me wonder because they don’t always come out perfect.  I guess I should take that back,  I believed they were perfect for making deviled eggs, but I could be wrong.  So after doing my research I found out there are a few different ways of boiling the egg, but it really depends on  how you want the egg to be cooked.   It’s kind of like asking how would you like your steak cooked, rare, med-rare  or well done?  So let’s do a couple “eggperiments” and figure this out.

Boiling eggs is all about timing, as you’re about to find out.

So what are the eggcellent conditions to boiling an egg?

  1. Fresh eggs at room temperature (helps prevent eggs from cracking while they boil).  This really makes a difference!
  2. Boiling water
  3. A pinch of salt in the water (they say salt helps prevent the whites of the egg from sticking to the shell.)

Soft Boiled eggsSoft Boiled egg

  • Start off with boiling the water and add a pinch of salt to the boiling water
  • Add room temperature eggs for 5 minutes
  • Then remove from heat and run under cold water until you can handle the eggs
  • Eggs should be cooked on the outside with runny yokes

Soft boiled eggs are great if you like the egg yoke to be runny in the center.  They are great for salads, you can break them apart and let the yoke become your dressing.  Or take some yolk and flavor your soup!

Try my Chorizo with egg salad

Medium Boiled eggsPhoto Jan 19, 6 05 12 PM

  • Start off with boiling the water and add a pinch of salt to the boiling water
  • Add room temperature eggs for 6 – 7 minutes
  • Then remove from heat and run under cold water until you can handle the eggs
  • Egg white should be completely cooked, with semi-hardened yolks

Medium boiled eggs for topping off a soups for a beautiful presentation.

Hard Boiled eggs

  • Start off with boiling the water and add a pinch of salt to the boiling waterPhoto Jan 19, 6 21 35 PM
  • Add room temperature eggs for 9 minutes
  • Then remove them from heat and run under cold water until you can handle the eggs.  For better results, put the eggs in bowl of ice and water.   This will let the whites shrink enough the keep the shell and the whites separate.
  • Eggs white should be completely cooked fully hardened, yolk that is firm, but not dry.

I don’t know about you, but I did find how to properly boil an egg eggstremely fascinating. Something so simple can really transform a dish!

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