Learn How to Boil Perfect Eggs

The following is a guest post from our friends over at RecipeLion.

Everyone wants to know how to boil perfect eggs, particularly for Easter (it’s not that far off now); however, you might not think that something as mundane as how to boil perfect eggs would be a topic up for debate. Well, it seems to be that it is. There seem to be 2 primary schools of thought on how to boil perfect eggs: Put them in the pot first and then boil, or get the water boiling first and then put in the eggs. Here is method one:

  1. Get a saucepan that is at least twice as tall as your eggs and place your eggs gently into the pot.
  2. Put cold tap water into the pot enough to cover all the eggs. This is to help prevent your eggs from cracking.
  3. Place the uncovered pot on a burner on either an electric or gas stove (doesn’t matter which), and turn the heat up to high.

    How to Boil Perfect Eggs

  4. Once the water starts to boil, you can proceed one of two ways:
    • Let the eggs boil for 3 minutes, then remove from heat and cover, letting sit (covered) for another 8 to 10 minutes
      OR
    • Let the eggs boil for 12 minutes.
  5. Take the pot off the heat and place it in the sink, running cold water into it for 2-3 minutes. If your intent is to peel the eggs right away, add ice to help chill them faster; if not, pat them dry with a paper towel and refrigerate until ready to decorate, eat, or use in other cooking preparations. In any case, chilling the boiled eggs quickly will help prevent that harmless greenish cast the yolks sometimes tend to take on.

    How to Boil Perfect Eggs

The second popular method for how to boil perfect eggs is not altogether dissimilar from the first, except that you wait for the water to come to a rolling boil before putting the eggs in.

One thing to know about how to boil perfect eggs is to not use fresh/recent eggs, but rather use eggs that are a week or two old before boiling. This makes them easier to peel. Another secret of how to boil perfect eggs is to make sure they actually do boil. If you simply cook them over low heat for a long period of time, rather than getting them up to a good rolling boil, they will also be much harder to peel.

Now that you know how to boil perfect eggs, what to do with them? Decorate them for Easter, peel and eat them, or make one of these 10 easy egg salad recipes!