How to Boil an Egg

Hard Boiled Eggs

Steps to Boiling an Egg

How to Boil an Egg

Boiling an egg sounds like the simplest of tasks, but even cooking experts disagree on the best method. This technique is practically foolproof--follow it, and you'll never end up with green-tinged eggs again.

Step 1

The egg goes into an empty pan.

Gently place the egg in a saucepan. You can boil more than one egg at once, just be sure to set the eggs in a single layer.

Step 2

Slowly add cold water.

Add cold water to the saucepan until the water is 1 inch above the egg.

Step 3

A full, rolling boil looks like this.

Place the saucepan on a stove and bring the water to a full rolling boil. Don't go too far, it shouldn't take long.

Step 4

Let the egg sit, uncovered, for 10 minutes.

Remove from heat and let stand for 10 minutes. Set a timer to help you keep track.

Step 5

An ice bath stops the cooking process.

Transfer the egg from the pan to an ice bath and let it sit for 5 minutes. This will stop the cooking process so you don't end up with a tough egg.

Step 6

The egg is ready.

Let the egg cool before handling. Pat the egg dry and use as desired.

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