The secret perfect boiled eggs every time is starting with boiled water! Easy peel, zero sulfur ring. Put away the baking soda and follow these tips.
I’m taking the guesswork out of making perfectly boiled eggs with the science behind this foolproof method. When I say perfect boiled eggs I mean eggs that are fully cooked without the nasty green sulfur ring around the yolk and a shell the come off in relatively one piece. I have tried so many things to achieve that perfect golden yolk.
From baking soda in the water to piercing the shell prior to cooking, I have tried it all. None of those techniques gave me consistent results. Well, one day it just crossed my mind that maybe I should try boiling the water before dropping the eggs. So I look it up and guess what? There is science to prove my theory!
Hot Water Start Boiled Eggs
Start with a pan of water over medium-high heat. Bring the water to a rolling boil. Gently lower 2-3 eggs at a time into the boiling water using a wire basket or ladle. Allow the eggs to boil for the amount of time in accord with your desired consistency. See the guide below.
Once eggs have cooked for as long as you choose, immediately remove them to an ice bath or run them under cold water from 3-4 minutes. To peel the shell from the egg, simply crack the shell on all side in a flat surface. Gently remove the shell. The membrane will glide off of the egg white.
How Long to Cook Boiled Eggs
How long you boil the eggs depends on how you like to eat them.
7 min Soft Boiled Egg- Great for ramen or to eat with bacon and toast.
9 min Medium Boiled Egg- Again, great with bacon and toast or ramen. But excellent as a walk around snack with a pinch of salt and black pepper.
12 min Hard Boiled Egg- Perfect for salads and add-ins to dishes. Also great as a snack.
- 12 eggs
- Start with a pan of water over medium-high heat. Bring the water to a rolling boil. Gently lower 2-3 eggs at a time into the boiling water using a wire basket or ladle. Allow the eggs to boil for the amount of time in accord with your desired consistency.
- 7 min Soft Boiled Egg
9 min Medium Boiled Egg
12 min Hard Boiled Egg