Perfect boiled eggs

Perfect boiled eggs

Make perfect boiled eggs just the way you want them with these easy steps.

  • Easy
  • Takes 4 – 14 mins


  • Eggs
  • Water


  1. Place extra-large eggs in a bowl and cover with warm water for at least 10 minutes until warmed.
  2. Heat enough salted water to cover the eggs in a saucepan. Bring the water to boil, then lower the heat and gently add the eggs in a single layer. Cover and simmer for 4-5 minutes for soft, runny eggs; 7-8 minutes for medium; 13-14 minutes for hard boiled eggs.
  3. Remove the eggs and immediately place in a bowl with ice water to stop the cooking process. Cool completely.
  4. Gently tap each egg on the kitchen counter to form small cracks all over. Peel under a thin stream of cool running water, peeling from the wider side.

Tip: Warming the eggs first before boiling and using salt helps prevent the shells from cracking. Place your boiled egg in a glass with a little water, cup your hand over the top and shake vigorously. The shell will peel away easily. Older eggs are easier to peel than fresh eggs. Peeling an egg under a trickle of running water helps to separate the shell from the egg.

Joni van der Merwe

About Joni van der Merwe

Digital editor I’m getting married in 2018 and I think it’s the perfect time to focus on my relationship with not only my fiance but my friends, family and colleagues too. I want to nurture and cherish the people I love by being more understanding and present in their lives.


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