How to boil an egg
Making the perfect boiled egg can be a tricky task and requires expert timing. Follow our guide below for the best boiled eggs, whether you're after hard-boiled or soft boiled eggs.
1. Bring a small saucepan of water to a gentle but not rolling boil.
2. Gently lower the eggs into the water and start your timer.
3. Leave them to boil for 6 minutes if you’re after a soft boiled egg, and 9 minutes for hard-boiled.
- Time your boiled eggs. There’s no other indicator that your eggs are done perfectly, so use a stopwatch, kitchen timer or phone for accurate timings.
- Use a small saucepan. If the pan is too big the eggs will rattle around, which could cause the shells to break.
- Check your eggs – if they are super-fresh (fewer than 4 days old) add 1 minute to the timings.
- Use eggs taken straight from the fridge. If you’re in a hurry and have no choice, add an extra 1 minute to the cooking times to allow for the difference in temperatures.
- Have the water boiling too hard – this is likely to rattle the eggs too much and could crack them.