How long does it take to boil an egg? It really depends how you like it – hard- or soft-boiled (or somewhere in the middle). And simply putting an egg into a pan of boiling water isn't all you need to do to get it just right – but there are a couple of tips for boiling eggs that will ensure you achieve the perfect result, whether you like your eggs runny or hard-boiled.
Vital to getting the best egg breakfast you can? You need to make sure your eggs are fresh. If they've been out for a good while and/or are past the use by date on the carton, you can easily test them for freshness by submerging them in cold water. Any egg that floats has gone off and should be discarded.
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How long to soft-boil an egg
If you love your eggs soft-boiled, with a runny centre, boil them for five to five and a half minutes maximum. Make sure that the water is boiling before you put them in, and that the eggs are fully submerged in the water, or they won't cook evenly. After they're done boiling, put them in cold water for half a minute to make them easier to handle.
How long does it take to hard boil an egg?
Whether you like a hard-boiled egg in a sandwich or just hate a runny yoke on your avocado brunch (above, yum), you'll (predictably) need to boil it for longer. Hard-boiled eggs will take between eight and 11 minutes to boil, depending on just how hard boiled you like them. We don't recommend boiling the for longer than 11 minutes, as the yolk will go too dry. Again, make sure your eggs are fully covered with water to prevent uneven cooking.
Should I salt the water for eggs?
Yes – always add a pinch of salt to your boiling water just before adding the eggs. Salted water is hotter (fact) and even prevents the eggs from cracking.