Boiled eggs

Boiled eggs – great for dipping with toast!

This egg recipe shows how to boil eggsHard boiled eggs can be used in many recipes, such as salads.  If looking for how to an boil egg, this recipe will be ideal.  Click here to download the method for boiling an egg.

 

Method

  1. Remember to remove the eggs from the fridge 20 minutes before use, as hopefully this will prevent them from cracking when being put into the boiling water.
  2. Choose a saucepan that is just big enough to boil your eggs in.  If the saucepan is too large for the eggs, they may start to swim around and ricocheting off the sides of the pan – again, we are trying to avoid cracking the shells.
  3. Pour enough water into your saucepan so that the eggs will be covered when they are added.  Bring the water to the boil and, using a slotted spoon, lower the eggs into the saucepan one at a time.  Turn down the heat so that the water is more of a gentle boil.
  4. It is difficult to say exactly how long you will need to boil the eggs for, as they are all difference sizes, but as a guide:
  •  4-5 minutes for a soft-boiled egg
  • 7-8 minutes for an egg that is almost hard boiled
  • 10-12 minutes for a hard boiled egg

Boiled eggs – hints and tips

If you wish to have hard boiled eggs for another recipe, plunge them straight from the saucepan into ice cold water to stop them from cooking any further and to avoid a blackish ring forming around the yolk.  This is not harmful, but it does not look very nice.

To shell a hard boiled egg, roll it over on your work surface to crack the shell and peel the shell away.  You will find that an egg that is between 7 to 10 days old will peel much easier than a fresh egg.

Tips for cooking eggs

Here are some great tips for buying and cooking eggs as well as where to store them.

Other egg recipes

If you have enjoyed this recipe for boiled eggs, why not try these other great tasting egg recipes:

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