How to Boil Eggs

Learn how to boil eggs exactly as you like them! For best results, use room tempered eggs and room tempered water.

Having a similar temperature before cooking will prevent an egg from cracking. (You can also leave them in the water for a while before cooking to even out the temperature.)

The Science of How to Boil Eggs to Perfection

For Perfectly Loose Yolk

How to boil eggs
  • Cover the eggs with water, bring to a boil.
  • As soon as the water is boiling turn off the heat and remove the pot from the stove.
  • Cover and let stand for 3 minutes for a medium sized egg, 4 minutes for large and 5 minutes for extra large.

For Perfectly Semi-Loose Yolk

  • Cover with water, bring to a boil.
  • As soon as the water is boiling turn off the heat and remove the pot from the stove.
  • Cover and let stand for 5 minutes for a medium sized egg, 6 minutes for large and 7-8 minutes for extra large.

For Perfectly Hard-boiled Eggs

  • Cover with water, bring to a boil.
  • As soon as the water is boiling turn off the heat and remove the pot from the stove.
Perfect hard boiled eggs
  • Cover and let stand for 12 minutes for a medium sized egg, 17 minutes for large and 19 minutes for extra large.
  • Empty the warm water and fill the pot with cold water, change the water a few times to keep it cool. Leave the eggs to cool completely. Now they should be easy to peel.

If you want, you can prepare the eggs in advance. Just remember to keep the shell on, and then they can be refrigerated up to one week. Peeled hard boiled eggs should be used right away.

When using really fresh eggs, they might be harder to peel beautifully. When making an egg salad this doesn’t really matter of course, but if you need perfect ones for another dish, then use those that are a bit older- within best before date of course. The membrane gets thicker as the egg get older, and therefore easier to peel.


Well- how about that? Now you know how to boil eggs!

How Old is the Egg?

How do you know how old an egg is? Easy!

When you put the eggs in the pot and fill it up with water, look at them and see:

  • If an egg floats entirely, throw it, it’s bad!
  • If an egg lies on the bottom, it is very fresh, and harder to peel but absolutely the best to fry and to poach.
  • If an egg rises slightly from the bottom it is about one week old, great for hard boiling.
  • And if the egg stands straight up, but is still touching the bottom, it is about two weeks old and should be used soon.

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