We love hard or soft-boiled eggs and there are so many delicious ways to eat them. Serve them for breakfast, on salads or make a yummy fresh egg salad sandwich.
Learn how to make a perfect hard or soft boiled egg.
Boiling Eggs for Beginner Cooks – Perfect Hard-Boiled and Soft-boiled Eggs
Eggs are a nutritional powerhouse and should be included in our diets in some form or another.
Every beginner cook needs to learn how to boil eggs. Soft boiled eggs are wonderful for breakfast or a light dinner. Hard boiled eggs are used for everything from potato salad to delicious deviled eggs. The quality of the eggs you buy really does matter so read up on —> how to buy the best eggs at the grocery store.
How to Boil an Eggs Step by Step for Soft boiled or Hard boiled Eggs:
Boiling Egg Tip: A small pan will work perfectly for 2 or 3 eggs but a much larger pan is needed for more eggs. Try to determine how many eggs can fit in a single layer on the bottom of your pan before you start the water.
The best method is to bring the water to a boil first and then place cold eggs into the water AFTER it has begun to boil.
STEP 1. Make sure that you start out with enough water – lay one egg in an empty pot and begin filling the pot with water until the water just covers the egg. The water should cover the egg by 1 inch or a little more.
STEP 2. Remove the egg from the pot and bring the water to a rolling boil. Once the water is boiling, very carefully place the eggs into the pan making sure they are on a single layer on the bottom of the pot or pan. This is best done with a large spoon.
STEP 3. Cook the eggs for 6-9 minutes. (See Below)
STEP 4. Using the same large spoon, gently lift the eggs from the pan and place them immediately into cold water. This will stop the cooking process and allow the eggs to cool enough to handle.
OR – if you are cooking all the eggs the exact same way, carefully drain the water from the pan and fill with cold water.
STEP 5. Let eggs sit in cold water for about 2 minutes.
STEP 6. Remove the eggs and VERY gently tap the egg on the side of the sink or the counter top. Make a couple taps until you can gently start to lift the peel with your thumb.
- Peeling the eggs is a careful process so don’t rush this part.
COOKING TIP: Don’t Crowd The Pan with Eggs – Less is better when boiling eggs and the water can evenly circulate around the eggs.
Cook the Eggs for:
How long to cook an egg for soft boiled or hard boiled:
– 6 minutes if you want a soft-boiled egg (runny yolk)
– 9 minutes if you want the yellow yolk of the egg a little firmer
– 10 minutes is the time for a perfect hard-boiled egg
– 11 minutes if you want your hard-boiled egg yolk a little firmer
Try a delicious and healthy salad for breakfast with soft boiled eggs.
How to Boil Eggs in the Microwave
Boiling eggs in the microwave can be a quick and convenient way to prepare them, but it’s essential to follow safety precautions to prevent them from exploding. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to boil eggs in the microwave:
Ingredients Needed for Microwave Boiled Eggs:
- Microwave-safe bowl with a lid or microwave-safe plate
- Salt (optional)
- Choose the Right Container: Use a microwave-safe bowl or dish with a lid. Make sure the container is large enough to hold the number of eggs you want to cook without crowding them. Alternatively, you can use a microwave-safe plate to cover the eggs if you don’t have a lid.
- Add Water: Place the eggs in the microwave-safe container and add enough water to cover them completely. You can add a pinch of salt to the water if you like, as it may help prevent the eggs from exploding, although this isn’t always foolproof.
- Cover the Container: Place the lid on the container or cover it with the microwave-safe plate. Ensure that the lid or plate is microwave-safe and fits securely to prevent steam from escaping.
- Cook Time: Microwave the eggs on medium power (50% power) to prevent them from overheating and exploding. The cooking time will vary depending on the microwave’s wattage and the number of eggs you’re boiling. As a general guideline:
- For one egg: Microwave for about 3-4 minutes.
- For two eggs: Microwave for about 4-5 minutes.
- For three eggs: Microwave for about 6-7 minutes.
- Pause and Check: After the initial cooking time, pause the microwave and carefully check the eggs. They should be firm and fully cooked. If they’re not done, you can microwave them for additional 30-second intervals, checking each time until they’re cooked to your liking.
- Carefully Remove: Use oven mitts or a towel to remove the container from the microwave. Be cautious as it will be hot.
- Cool and Serve: Once the eggs are done, remove them from the hot water and place them in a bowl of cold water to cool down quickly. This will also make it easier to peel the eggs. Let them sit in the cold water for a few minutes before peeling and serving.
Remember that microwave power levels and cooking times can vary, so it may take some trial and error to find the right cooking time for your microwave and personal preferences. Always exercise caution when handling hot containers and eggs, as they can be very hot after microwaving. Be sure to puncture the egg yolks with a fork or toothpick before microwaving to reduce the risk of egg explosions.
Some Egg Facts:
Each egg contains 6 grams of protein.
Eggs contain the least expensive source of high quality protein at 20 cents per serving
Eggs are a nutrient dense food. One egg has varying amounts of 14 essential nutrients including choline and vitamin D
Eggs are low in calories. A medium egg only contains 70 calories.
What Size Eggs to Buy for Boiled Eggs:
Large eggs should weigh about 2 oz. each
Extra large eggs should weigh about 2.5 oz. each
What Can You Do With Hard Boiled Eggs?
- Slice eggs in half and add to your tossed or chef salad
- Make easy Deviled Eggs
- Add hard boiled egg slices to your hamburger
- Hard-boiled eggs are a key ingredient in a Cobb salad, along with bacon, avocado, tomatoes, and blue cheese. It’s typically served over a bed of lettuce with a vinaigrette dressing.
- Ramen or Noodle Bowls – Add halved hard-boiled eggs to your ramen or noodle bowl for extra protein and creaminess.
- Pack in school lunches
- Make a yummy picnic potato salad
- Tuna Fish with Eggs
- Make Yummy Egg Salad
- Make Pickled Eggs. Hard-boiled eggs can be pickled in vinegar, spices, and herbs to create a tangy, savory snack. They are often enjoyed with beer.
Make everyone’s favorite YUMMY DEVILED EGGS!
SIMPLE & DELICIOUS DEVILED EGGS
How to Make a Healthy Deviled Egg
Cut your hard-boiled eggs in half lengthwise.
Carefully scoop out the cooked yok into a small bowl.
Using a fork, gently stir in a 1/2 cup of mayonnaise and 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard.
Lightly salt and pepper and use about 2 teaspoons to fill each egg.
Egg Facts Source – http://www.eggnutritioncenter.org/