How To Boil An Egg


Hard boiled eggs are the most common at our house throughout the year, not just at Easter. I think it is because they can be made and then they can sit until everyone wakes up. They do not need to be immediately served.

Technically the eggs are not boiled they are cooked.

If your hard cooked eggs are rubbery and dry they were cooked too long. They should still be soft. Soft cooked eggs have a runny yolk. They are served in their shell with bread to dip in the runny yolk or they may be scooped out and served on toast.

Two differences in hard cooked vs. soft cooked eggs:

  • Hard Cooked – eggs are placed in the pan then water is added.
  • Soft Cooked – water is boiling then the eggs are lowered in the water.
  • Hard Cooked – after boiling, eggs are put in an ice bath. Do not need to be served immediately.
  • Soft Cooked – served immediately after time is up.

No matter what you prefer (soft or hard) boiling eggs is easy for kids to do all by themselves with minimal supervision.



Place your eggs in a saucepan. Cover the eggs with cold water.


Bring water to a boil then turn off the heat or remove from the heat and cover.


Let stand for 4-13 minutes depending on if you want soft or hard cooked eggs.



Open the lid carefully and transfer the eggs with a slotted spoon to a bowl filled with cold water and ice. This will stop the cooking and cool the eggs down quickly.

Serve the eggs warm or let cool and then refrigerate for up to one week. 


I am a mom to Five Little Chefs who love to cook and create anything with their hands. Watching over 10 additional hands keeps me busy but is so much fun! We laugh and cry everyday, but then want to do it again the next day. That is how we know we are enjoying life!

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