How to Boil Eggs

To make a delicious boiled egg, you don’t just toss an egg into a pot of boiling water. It takes precise timing and knowledge of basic seasoning.

You also need to know more about eggshells. Eggshells change when the eggs start to get old. They start as really soft and easy to crack. They get harder as they get older.


  1. Select the eggs that you will boil. Do not use eggs with any visible cracks to prevent the egg white from leaking into the pot.
  2. Bring the water to a boil before lowering the egg gently into the water. The boiling time will depend on how “cooked” you want the egg to be. If you want hard-boiled eggs, boil the egg for seven minutes. Set the timer to three minutes and thirty seconds for soft-boiled eggs, and to four minutes for medium-boiled eggs. If cracks start to form, stir in a tablespoon of salt for every two quarts of water.
  3. Add spices, tea or any flavoring mix into the boiling water. You can even use barbecue marinade to add flavor to your hard-boiled eggs. As a result, the eggs will have marbled whites as the color of the surrounding liquid seeps through the shell and adds color as well as flavor to the egg.


Soft-boiled eggs will have a runny consistency. Medium-boiled eggs will have a hard white and a soft yolk. Sometimes, the yolk is also hard on the outside but it is still soft inside. Hard-boiled eggs are hard all the way through.

After boiling the eggs, cool them rapidly under cold running water, then leave them in cold water for about two minutes. You can peel them after taking them from the cold water.