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Boiled eggs

How to Boil Eggs

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 2
Author Victoria


  • 4 eggs
  • Water


  • Place eggs in a pot and cover with cold water
    Your eggs should be in a single layer along the bottom of the pot. Fill the pot with enough cold water to cover the eggs by about 1 inch.
    Place eggs in a pot with water
  • Bring water to a boil
    Turn your stove on high and bring the water to a boil. This should only take a couple minutes, so watch your pot carefully!
  • Remove pot from heat and cover
    Take your pot off the hot burner as soon as your water starts boiling and put a lid on it. Don’t worry—the hot water will continue to boil the eggs.
  • Set a timer and wait
    The amount of time your eggs need to cook depends on how you want them done. If you want soft-boiled eggs, which will have a runny yolk, set your timer for 3 minutes. If you want medium boiled eggs, set your timer for 6 minutes. For a perfect hard-boiled egg, set your timer for at least 10 minutes. Everyone prefers their boiled eggs cooked differently. Once you’ve practiced a few times, you’ll figure out the perfect amount of cooking time for your tastes.
    Boiled eggs
  • Crack the shells
    Now that your boiled eggs are cooked, it’s time to peel them! This step is tricky. First, tap the eggs carefully to crack the shells in a few places.
  • Place eggs in ice water
    Place your eggs in a bowl of ice water. Submerge each egg completely, and leave them in the ice water for at least a minute. This cools the eggs and makes peeling the shells easier.
  • Peel the shells
    Once your eggs have cooled off, they’re ready to peel. Take an egg out of the ice water and simply lift the shells off. You may not get the whole shell in one piece, but it should peel off cleanly.