How to boil an egg

October 17th, 2008 by megan · 6 Comments

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Boiling eggs is a bit of an art, really – done wrong and you end up with that gross green ring around the yolks that tastes of sulfur. Done right, you end up with perfectly cooked, creamy yolks and a nice firm white that is easy to peel.

You’ll need:
A heavy pot big enough to hold all of the eggs you want to cook in one layer
A bowl of ice water


  1. Put the eggs in your pot and cover them with cold water by about an inch.
  2. Turn the heat on to medium high. Keep an eye on the pot until it boils.
  3. As soon as the water starts to boil, cover the pot, turn the heat down to low and simmer for 11 minutes.
  4. Remove the eggs from the water and immediately plunge into ice water.
  5. Peel the eggs and use as your heart desires.


Salade Nicoise Oct 19, 2008 at 3:55 pm

[...] How to boil an egg [...]

Carol Nov 15, 2008 at 1:44 pm

Finally…even though my parents were chicken farmers…I’ve learned from you how to boil eggs correctly instead of over or under cooking them. No more of those annoying itty bitty sticky shell pieces when trying to peel them, either. Thank you!

jessie Dec 21, 2008 at 10:10 am

deviled eggs are going to be cluck-tastic. thank you.

katie Jan 29, 2009 at 6:32 pm

are you supposed to simmer with the lid on or off?

Pres Jan 7, 2010 at 2:00 pm

You will find a fresh egg will have the shells stick – no matter what.

Shailindra May 30, 2011 at 7:56 am

Too good- I am so fond of boiled eggs but after 45 years I learnt to boil eggs !!!!

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