Quickest Way to Boil an Egg

Boiled eggs are a delicious breakfast dish.
Boiled eggs are a delicious breakfast dish. (Image: Photodisc/Photodisc/Getty Images)

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

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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
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