How to Boil an Egg

There is more than one way to boil an egg. Some people swear by poking a pinhole in the top of an egg before boiling. Others say to bring the water to a boil first, and then add the eggs.

I consulted two hard-boiled experts, my mother and grandmother. This is how they cook them:

Place eggs in pan, cover with cool water.
Bring water to a gentle boil. Cover and remove from heat.
Let sit for 12-15minutes.
Plunge cooked eggs in ice water to cool.

I found this egg peeling tip on (yes, there is a website just for deviled eggs). Once the egg has cooled, gently crack it all around, and then reemerge it in the cold water for a few minutes. The shell should come off easily.

3 Responses to “How to Boil an Egg”

  1. Susan Donckers says:

    good job, this is how I do it too!

  2. kk says:

    I’m so glad to know that eggs get such a high endorsement since I eat them all the time. and I’m happy to learn of the last tip to plunge in ice water. thanks!

  3. Kristi says:

    Well this of big interest to me because this is about as far as I go with cooking these days… My mom taught me this technique. Bring salted water to a Boil. Then add the eggs in gently (my grandmother even have a egg holder for this task). Boil for 5 mins for hard boilded / 3 mins for soft boiled.
    Take out and submerge in very cold water.

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