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How to Boil Eggs

Learn how to boil an egg whether it's soft, medium or hard, including times, guidelines and tips. Use my easy no-fail step-by-step tutorial!
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 4 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 serving
Calories 126kcal
Author Yumna Jawad


  • 2 eggs or more


  • Place the eggs in a saucepan. Pour enough cool water over the eggs until fully submerged.
  • Bring the water to a rolling boil uncovered. Turn off the heat, cover the pan and allow the eggs to cook according to the desired doneness: 4 minutes for SOFT boiled; 6 minutes for MEDIUM boiled; 12 minutes for HARD boiled.
  • Prepare a bowl with ice and water. When the eggs reach the desired cooking time, transfer the cooked eggs with a slotted spoon to the ice water to cool completely before peeling.
  • Tap the eggs against a flat surface, roll and then peel the shell. Rinse the eggs under cold water if you need to remove any leftover pieces of the shell.


Storage: Store any leftovers in an airtight container. They will last about 2 days in the fridge but best eaten right after they're made.
Photo Credit: Erin Jensen


Calories: 126kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 327mg | Sodium: 125mg | Potassium: 121mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 475IU | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 2mg