There are two common ways to boil an egg. One way is to place them in cold water and bring the pan to a boil, and the other is to gently lower the eggs into already boiling water. You’ll find our step-by-step to the boiling water method at the bottom of the page.
To cook from cold water
Once the water is boiling, time them according to how you like your eggs cooked.
- For soft-boiled eggs, boil the eggs for 1–2 minutes.
- For medium eggs, boil the eggs for 2–3 minutes.
- For hard-boiled eggs, boil the eggs for 7 minutes.
Tips for boiling the perfect egg
- Use room-temperature eggs to best predict the cooking time and to prevent the eggs from cracking.
- If you’re concerned about the eggs cracking, add a splash of vinegar to the water to help keep the white from seeping out as much.
- Make sure you’re only using fresh eggs, as older eggs are harder to peel. Check how fresh the eggs are by placing them in a small bowl of water. If they sink, they’re fresh. If they float, they’re not. This happens as the air pocket inside the egg grows and makes the egg more buoyant.
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