How to Use an Egg Timer in a Pan

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A traditional egg timer is a clock that counts down the amount of time it takes to boil an egg. Estimating the time it takes to properly boil an egg can be difficult because it can vary depending on the size of the egg, how hard you want the yolk and the power level of your stovetop. A pan egg timer is an egg-shaped device that is designed to cook with the eggs in the water. It relies on the temperature of the water to determine when the eggs are done, rather than going by an estimated timetable.

Things You'll Need

  • Large saucepan
  • 4 cups cold water
  • 4 to 6 eggs
  • Pan egg timer
  • Colander
  • Slotted spoon
  • Fill a large saucepan on your stovetop with about 4 cups of cold water. Place four to six eggs gently into the water, making sure the eggs are fully covered by water; if not, continue adding water until they are completely covered.

  • Add the pan egg timer into the center of the saucepan and arrange the eggs around it. Set your stove to "high" and heat the water until it starts to boil.

  • Reduce the heat to "low." Watch the left side of the egg timer carefully until it starts to slowly change color horizontally. Turn off the heat completely when the color develops and reaches the marker for "soft," "medium," or "hard," depending on your yolk texture preference.

  • Position a colander in your sink. Use a slotted spoon to remove the eggs from the saucepan and transfer them into the colander.

  • Rinse the eggs with cold water for about 20 seconds to cool them down and make them quit cooking through. Peel off the shells and discard them; then serve the eggs whole or in your preferred manner.

Tips & Warnings

  • Pierce small holes in the eggs with a needle before placing them into the water with the timer--it will help loosen the egg shell and make it easier to peel off.
  • Always read your pan egg timer's manufacturer's directions before using it to fully ensure it is safe to use in boiling water.

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