How To Boil Eggs: Mostly you find yourself in hurry in the morning and you barely have time to prepare breakfast. Eggs can be a good breakfast choice because they can be cooked quickly and easily. Consuming eggs have remained very common among people from ages and eggs can be consumed by the people of all ages. You know why? There are two reasons behind this: First, they are a rich source of protein and vitamins and second they are easy to cook in no time. Means without much preparation and collecting several ingredients for the recipe, you can prepare it quite easily.
Hard-boiled eggs are commonly used by people but they can also relish some snacks with garnishing of soft egg yolk (on pasta or on salad) or as an egg yolk dip with toast. Although egg boiling looks like an easy and simple job yet sometimes you don’t get the desired results and you feel helpless. It happens due to lack of proper knowledge. If you know the management of temperature and the proper process then you will be amazed to see the results. In this article we are describing how to boil eggs in a very quick and easy method. Not a big deal! After getting detailed knowledge, it will be a very easy job for you. So, nothing to worry about, we are not making rockets. Right?
Recipe Related Timings
- Preparation Time: 5 minutes
- Cooking Time: 12
- Total Time: 20 minutes (add 3 minutes for placing eggs in the chilled water)
- Four raw eggs
- Pot with lid
- Ice cubes
- Large bowl
- Black pepper
- Stove top
- Slotted spoon (a spoon with holes)
Let’s learn how to boil eggs properly step-wise. There are different methods of boiling eggs. Here I will be telling the methods of boiling eggs only for the hard-boiled eggs. You can take reference from the following given time chart to calculate the required timings for the kind of egg you want.
Time Chart For The Desired Results
- 3 minutes for very runny soft-boiled eggs with just-set whites.
- 4 minutes for runny soft-boiled eggs with set whites.
- 6 minutes for creamy, custardy “medium” boiled eggs.
- 8 minutes for firm (but still creamy) hard-boiled eggs.
- 10 minutes for firm hard-boiled eggs.
- 12 minutes for very firm hard-boiled eggs.
Method 1: Boiling Eggs on Cooking Gas or Stove
1. Take a saucepan or a pot and fill it with normal tap water and gently put some eggs in it. Don’t make layers of eggs. Stack them in such a manner that if they rub each other while boiling they would be safe from cracking.
Note: Try to take the eggs for boiling out of the Refrigerator before half an hour to bring them into room temperature. If the eggs are placed directly from Refrigerator to the boiling water then the chances of cracking are increases.
2. Now add a pinch of salt in the water. It will raise the temperature of the water and help to cook eggs quickly and it saves the eggs from cracking too. You can add ¼ cup of vinegar also. It also makes sure that if the egg gets a crack then instead of leaking the vinegar coagulates the white part and stops leakage.
3. Place the pan on high heat and cover it with the lid for a few minutes like 1-2 minutes.
4. Now simmer the flame and remove the lid. Let it boil for the desired results. Meanwhile, you can have an eye on the whole process.
5. You can stir it occasionally with the spoon to prevent them from overcooking as some portion is continuously facing the heat from the bottom. When we stir, we expose other portion of eggs to get more heat.
6. After 12 minutes turn off the gas and let the eggs remain in the same water for 2-4 minutes. The heat of water is still there to cook them. The timing for boiling the eggs vary from the variety of boiled eggs you prefer. Let me tell you the difference between the hard-boiled eggs and soft boiled eggs.
- Soft boiled eggs: A soft-boiled an egg is an egg that has been cooked in its shell until the whites are set to a custardy texture and the yolks are creamy, with a consistency ranging from runny (uncooked) to jammy (half-set). Soft boil eggs take only 6 minutes to cook.
- Hard boiled eggs: A hard-boiled egg is one which is cooked usually in `gently boiling water until both whites and yolks inside the shell have become solidified. These kinds of eggs are very easy to peel and can easily fill your belly. You should boil them for 12 minutes. With the hard-boiled eggs, you can make other recipes too.
7. Now remove the pan from the burner and drain the hot water. Either place the eggs under the tap’s running water or place them in a bowl of chilled water for 2-3 minutes to lower the temperature.
8. Once the eggs are cold enough to hold, put them in a bowl and keep the bowl in the refrigerator for around 3-5 minutes to loosen the shell or if you are very hungry and don’t want to wait for a minute then skip the step of keeping them in the Refrigerator and start peeling them right after taking them out from the chilled water.
9. Now to start peeling either you rub an egg in your palm to crack the shell or start peeling from the narrower end of the egg after knocking the table with the egg. You can also knock on the narrower part of the egg with a spoon to get a crack. As soon as you see a crack on it, start peeling.
Note: Again peeling differs in the variety of eggs. If it is half boiled peel it from one end and pour the liquid egg yolk on the bread or the salad. Then peel the whole egg properly and enjoy the solid white part of the egg too.
Method 2: Boiling Eggs in Microwave Oven
If you chose microwave to boil eggs, it is ok but you need to be very careful. First of all, keep this in your mind that eggs can never be placed directly in the microwave otherwise it will explode. This will be indirect cooking. Ok? Let’s see the steps.
1. Take a bowl and fill it with normal water. Cover with a plate and microwave at 50% for 4 minutes.
2. Take the pan out of the microwave and put the eggs in it and cover it with a lid.
3. The heat of the water will cook the eggs.
4. If you like a runnier yolk, take out and peel the egg.
5. If you want the yolk to be more cooked, leave the egg in the water for 2 minutes.
6. Then take eggs out and place them under running water.
7. Now after cooling, it is time to peel them. Peel them one by one.
Note: The inside of the egg can be very hot so being cautious while opening it up or biting into it. Allow the egg to cool down before handling or eating.
Method 3: Boiling Eggs in an Egg Boiler
1. First, add some water in the boiler.
2. Place eggs according to boiler’s capacity.
3. Remove it from the boiler.
4. Give them a cold bath.
5. Then peel them off.
How To Peel Boiled Eggs
So eventually you have boiled eggs as per your requirement and now the peeling has to be done. Right? Let me tell you the best way to remove the shell without scratches, dents.
1. Pull the egg out of the ice bath.
2. Gently tap one end of the egg on a hard surface, cracking the shell slightly.
3. Gently roll the egg on the hard surface to shatter more of the shell.
4. Hold the egg under running water (or submerge back in the ice bath, if you can handle the cold) and start peeling from the cracked end. The trick to a clean peel is to carefully get under the thin membrane between the shell and the white and clean it with water.
Note: Eggs are easiest to peel right out of the ice bath. Soft-boiled eggs require a much gentler touch when peeling. For a very soft egg, you can also place it in an egg cup (or hold it in your hand) and tap the top with a spoon until the shell gets removed.
Now you have learned how to boil eggs. After peeling them cut them from the center and sprinkle some salt, black pepper and some spicy food powder and eat them without waiting. And if it is soft boiled egg then relish them on toast, pasta or salad and enjoy the dish.
You should also know the nutritional value of eggs so that it will be easy for you to decide the intake quantity of eggs. The growing children, pregnant women and gym-goers consume eggs as it is a kind of complete diet for them.
Now look at the nutritional values, they contain. One large egg has about 75 calories, many essential nutrients, and lots of high-quality protein, various vitamins, multiple minerals, choline, folate and riboflavin.
So now you must know what are the health benefits of eggs? Eggs can help to maintain muscle strength and strengthen the brain and eye functions. The yolk contains fat, vitamins and minerals, and about half of the protein of the egg. The albumen (egg white) is mostly water (about 90 per cent) and protein (about 10 per cent).
With the ultimate nutritional value, eggs are the most delicious and nutritious snack or meal.
- While boiling add a pinch of salt. It increases the temperature for the better cooking and it also prevents from cracking of shell.
- Or you can add a ¼ cup of vinegar while boiling. By this way peeling of the hard-boiled eggs is easy.
- Put baking soda while boiling which makes eggs easier to peel. Adding about a teaspoon of baking soda to the cooking water increases the alkalinity, which will make the eggs easier to peel later on.
- Eggshell can be used to keep plants healthy. You can use nutrient-dense eggshells in your composting.
- Never keep eggs in the Microwave to boil because it is quite risky. It can explode.
- Never overcook the eggs. Use the chart to boil eggs. If the eggs are overcooked then you may get a green ring around the yolk. It is the iron sulfide that creates a green ring around the yolks of over-boiled eggs also smells like sulfur. It doesn’t mean the eggs are rotten or inedible. Rotten eggs smell like hydrogen sulfide, which is much more pungent.
- Never eat raw eggs because they may contain a type of pathogenic bacteria called Salmonella, which can cause food poisoning. So in my opinion either consume soft boil eggs or hard boil eggs.