Quickest Way to Boil an Egg


There are several ways to boil eggs but the quickest is using a saucepan with just enough water to cover the eggs thoroughly. No matter what, boiling eggs will take a while. You have to let eggs sit in hot water to boil them because if you leave the eggs in boiling water with the stove on the eggs will taste a little like sulfur. You can get eggs to boil a little bit faster by salting the water. This will help the water boil faster which cuts down on the overall cooking time.

Things You'll Need

  • Salt
  • Saucepan
  • Egg
  • Place the egg in a saucepan and add water so it fully covers the egg.

  • Add about ½ a tsp. of salt to the water. The salt will bring the water to a boil faster.

  • Boil the water on medium-high heat. Once the water is boiling, turn off the heat.

  • Leave the eggs in the hot water for at least 10 minutes. If you want a harder egg yolk you can leave the egg in the water for up to 15 minutes.

  • Remove the egg from the water and enjoy. If you don't want to eat the egg right away, store it an airtight container and keep it chilled.


  • "The Good Egg: More than 200 Fresh Approaches from Breakfast to Dessert"; Marie Simmons; 2006
  • "Eggs"; Michel Roux and Martin Brigdale; 2006
  • "Many Ways For Cooking Eggs"; Mrs. S. T. Rorer; 2010
  • Photo Credit Photodisc/Photodisc/Getty Images
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