Perfect Soft Boiled Eggs


Seven minutes to perfect eggs

Boiled Eggs: Not So Straightforward

Soft- and hard-boiled eggs are one of those things that seem like they should be easy to make. Like scrambled eggs. Yet boiling eggs in their shells can lead to all sorts of disasters: undercooked eggs, overcooked eggs, eggs that break in the boiling water and eggs that don't peel easily. Let me solve all of these issues in one short post. 

I prefer soft boiled to hard boiled because I like the creaminess of them. My kids prefer hard boiled, so I often have both in the fridge. 

How to Eat Boiled Eggs

Boiled eggs go great on a salad. They make excellent egg salad sandwiches with mayo, celery, salt and pepper. Eggs are a complete protein that make a great snack, and keeping boiled eggs in the fridge ensures there is always something ready to eat. 

My recipe has you boil the water before adding the eggs

How to Cook Soft- or Hard-Boiled Eggs

For perfect boiled eggs, I start with boiling the water. Most recipes have you add the eggs first. I avoid this because it seems to make them harder to peel later. So bring the water to a boil. Then, just before you gently drop the eggs in, reduce the heat to a simmer. This helps keep the shells in tact. Once the eggs are in, increase the heat back up to a boil.

Reduce heat to a simmer, then gently tip in the eggs.

For soft-boiled eggs, set the timer for seven minutes. If you like hard-boiled, you can increase the time to ten minutes. If you're somewhere in between, you can try eight minutes and see if that is to your liking.

While the eggs are boiling, fill a bowl large enough to hold your eggs comfortably with ice water. When the timer goes off, scoop the eggs into the ice bath and let cool. Then, gently tap the egg on the counter top to crack the shell. Try to peel away the shell with the clear membrane that sits between the egg and the shell. This is key to getting an easy peel. 

Plunge eggs into an ice bath for an easy peel

You can store the eggs in the shells in the fridge if you like, but it is easier to peel them sooner rather than later. Store the eggs in an airtight container in the fridge to be ready to use in salads, sandwiches or as a handy snack. 

Perfect Boiled Eggs

Makes up to 6 eggs

20 minutes

1-6 pastured eggs

1. Fill a pot large enough to hold all your eggs with water. Bring water to boil.
2. Once water is boiling, reduce heat to bring water to a simmer. Gently tilt eggs into the water, one or two at a time.
3. Bring water back to boil and set a timer: 7 minutes for soft-boiled eggs, 8-9 minutes for medium-boiled eggs and 10 minutes for hard-boiled eggs. 
4, While eggs are boiling, prepare a bowl of ice water large enough to hold your eggs. When the timer goes off, scoop your eggs from the boiling water to the ice water. Let cool for at least 10 minutes.
5. Remove the eggs from the ice bath, then peel by tapping an egg against the counter, then prying off the shell with your thumb. Try to lift up the membrane for the easiest way to peel.
6. Enjoy the boiled eggs in salads, sandwiches and as a snack.

Other Egg Recipes