Perfect Boiled Eggs

It may be a basic recipe, but it's important to know how to boil an egg properly. There's more than one way to boil an egg, but I've picked my preferred method and describe it here.

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Perfect Boiled Eggs

  • Cook Time: 11 m
  • Total Time: 11 m
  • Servings:
    6
    eggs

Ingredients

  • 6 large eggs
  • water

Instructions

  1. Bring at least 2 quarts of water to a boil.
  2. Lower the eggs into the water carefully with a slotted spoon or mesh basket.
  3. Let the water boil for 20 to 30 seconds (or return to the boil) and then lower the heat to a bare simmer.
  4. For soft-boiled eggs, remove the eggs after 6 minutes.
  5. For hard-boiled eggs, remove the eggs after 11 minutes.
  6. If you are serving the eggs warm, run the eggs under cold water until they are cool enough to handle. Tap the egg gently on all sides on the counter to crack the shell and peel.
  7. If you are preparing the eggs for a future cold serving (egg salad or deviled eggs), let the eggs sit in ice water until completely cool. Then tap the eggs gently on all sides on the counter to crack the shell and peel.
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