I know, you’re probably wondering who needs an egg boiling guide when it comes to something so basic?! Well, yeah, it’s not rocket science. But how many times did you boil an egg and it came out either too hard or too runny? Cause it used to happen to me ALL. THE. TIME. So take a min and read this and you won’t have any eggcidents ever again. (Hehehe, see what I did there?)
Bad puns aside, there are times when you need your boiled eggs to have the right consistency: devilled eggs, for instance, require hard boiled eggs. You wouldn’t want a runny one here, now would you? Or the egg that perfectly accompanies your avocado toast – wouldn’t it be a pity if it’s not the perfect kind of runny?
Okay, now here’s what I did: I boiled 5 eggs for 5 different periods of time: 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11 minutes and you can see the result in the picture. Check out the tips.
Tips and tricks – An Egg Boiling Guide
-First, the boiling time and how it affectts the egg texture:
- 3 MINUTES: The white is fully set, the egg yolk is thick and runny.
- 5 MINUTES: The white is set, the yolk is only a bit runny in the middle
- 7 MINUTES: Both the egg white and yolk are set, but the yolk is tender
- 9 MINUTES: The egg white and yolk are set and firm
- 11 MINUTES: The egg white and yolk are hard boiled. (Perfect for devilled eggs)
– Really important: Immediately transfer the eggs in cold water after boiling them to stop the cooking process. If you skip this step, your egg will continue to cook even after you take it out of the water.
-Also, the initial egg temperature will alter the boiling time. For instance, my eggs were room temperature. So if you take yours straight out of the fridge, either keep them in warm water until they reach room temp, or increase the boiling time by 1 minute.
-And if you add half a teaspoon of salt and 1 teaspoon of vinegar, you’ll help the eggs peel easier.
-Above all, if you boil more eggs, try to pick similar sized ones to make sure you get the same result.