How To Boil An Egg

Hard boiled eggs are really handy to have around for a quick breakfast or snack. I think they have something like 70 calories, they’re really filling, and packed with protein. It’s easy to make a perfect hard boiled egg, too! To find out how, continue reading after the jump.

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Place however many eggs you like in a medium sized pot and fill with enough water to just cover the eggs.

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Bring the water to a boil…

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Then turn the heat to medium-high and cover for 10 minutes.

How To Boil An Egg
While the eggs cook, fill a bowl with ice and water to create an ice bath for the eggs.

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By putting the eggs immediately from boiling water to ice water, the egg retracts a bit from the shell and allows for easy peeling. I also think that doing this makes the yolk nice and yellow instead of getting a weird green ring which sometimes happens to boiled eggs.

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Carefully drop each egg into the ice bath and allow them to sit in there until they’ve fully cooled (about 15 minutes).

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And there you have it!

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Now to peel the egg, crack the shell on all sides.

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Now roll the egg in your hands a bit to loosen the shell. Then go ahead and peel away.

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You know that if you’ve got enough hard boiled eggs that you’ve got to make egg salad (or at least I do).

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Peeling 5 eggs is probably enough for 4 or 5 egg salad sandwiches, so use as many eggs as you see fit.

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I also like to use chipotle chile powder or cayenne pepper to give the egg salad a little kick.

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To the peeled eggs add 1/2 cup of mayonnaise, 1 tablespoon mustard, 2 teaspoons (smoked, if you have it) paprika, 1 teaspoon chipotle powder (optional), 2 teaspoons of garlic powder, and black pepper to taste.

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The orange-ish color comes from the paprika and chipotle powder, but don’t be afraid! It tastes awesome, I promise.

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Serves: 2-3 sandwiches
For the Eggs:
  • 10 eggs (or as many as can fit on the bottom of your pot if you want to make a bunch)
  • water
Sydney's Egg Salad:
  • 5 hard boiled eggs, peeled
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons smoked or regular paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Chipotle chile powder (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • pepper to taste
For the Eggs:
  1. Place the eggs in the pot. Cover with enough water to just cover the eggs.
  2. Place on the stove and turn the heat to high. Bring to a boil.
  3. When the water is boiling, turn the head to medium-high and cover for 10 minutes. While the eggs cook, fill a bowl with ice and water to create an ice bath to put the eggs in when they're done.
  4. After ten minutes, place the eggs in the ice bath and allow to cool for about 15 minutes. Pat dry and store in a cool, dry place.
For the Egg Salad:
  1. Put all of the ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Mash up with a fork. Store in some kind of Tupperware.


24 Responses

  1. rivka says:

    hahaha me and mom were marveling over this.. we always eat eggs at home! sweeeeet post! xxxx

  2. sweetenedup says:

    thank you for posting this!! i LOVE hardboiled eggs but it seems like i never make them right

  3. I agree with Sweetenedup. I have always loved a good hardboiled egg, but every time I make them I feel like I am doing something wrong…which is funny because it is actually a really simple process.
    I like the tip about the ice bath. My mother has suggested adding vinegar to the water before it boils to make the peeling process more successful. It has worked for her, but I definitely want to try the ice bath.

  4. Oliver says:

    Wow, either you think we’re really stupid or YOU”RE really stupid. How to boil an egg? Come ON! I knew how to boil an egg when I was five or six, dude. Man are you guys stupid.

  5. Leslie says:

    Hi, I’m just commenting to give you kudos. I’m literally addicted to your blog, I must check it atleast twice daily. Everything just looks so delicious, and all the recipes I have tried so far have been just marvelous. Well done, keep up the GREAT work!
    Just update more often. Hehe.

  6. thecrepesofwrath says:

    Thank you so much, Leslie! And I’ll try to keep updating as much as possible, haha.

  7. bentlyr says:

    Simple thing but great tips on how to do it better. Plus your pictures are making my mouth water.

  8. Tuesday says:

    I’ve never heard the ice water thing – I love boiled eggs but hatehatehate peeling them. I’ll have to give that a try…yay for how-tos on really basic things!

  9. jellopenguin says:

    Yum, your egg salad sandwiches sound tasty!

  10. archiblog says:

    (Well, someone had to say it!)
    Also – great pics.

  11. Yummy…., its looks like delicoius. Boils eggs maybe a simple thing. But, its not in my mind to make them perfect. Thanks alot!

  12. el pistolero says:

    simple and practicular guide to make perfect hard-boiled eggs! nice post.

  13. Indigo says:

    Great post; my mum’s always making fun of me cause I spend so much time making Daring Baker-esque confections and baking cakes, but when it comes to something like boiling an egg I’m genuinely at a loss, haha. I seem to have missed some basic skills somewhere along the road XD.

  14. silentremembrance says:

    Wow, this sounds really yummy! I have to try this recipe. Thank you for posting this :]

  15. Great tips and recipes, thanks for posting!

  16. Catherine says:

    I wish I could see your photos! I came here from Tastespotting hoping for more gorgeousness, but all I can see is the photobucket thingy that says ‘bandwidth exceeded, upgrade to pro now’.
    I really like your blog, great ice-bath tip. I will definitely be trying that.

  17. Plbrbill says:

    One more tip,never use fresh eggs . fresh are almost imposable to peel.use eggs that are at least 2 weeks old.

  18. Taryn says:

    Great pictures and tips, I have one too! I like to use a pastry blender to chop my eggs up first, and then blend in my ingredients for egg salad. It’s quicker than a fork and creates pretty even-sized pieces.

  19. Kim says:

    The reason why you sometimes get the greyish ring around eggs is normally because they’ve been cooked a little too long. There’s a chemical reaction which occurs between the sulphur in the egg white and the iron in the egg yolk. (Sometimes the iron in the
    water can be a factor, too!)
    Anyway, just wanted to say you have a smashing blog here that makes me drool when I read it, despite all the measurements being in Foreign. *grin*

  20. Meredith says:

    My husband is a sucker for hardboiled eggs, but it is just one of those things that I find “fussy.” However, Alton Brown suggest that you not boil, but instead bake your eggs. This is going to sounds crazy, but I swear it works and the hubby says the eggs come out creamier!
    Start with a COLD oven.
    Place the eggs directly on the rack of the oven, placing a cookie sheet below them in case of a blow out (This being said, I’ve never had an egg pop while preparing eggs this way)
    Close the oven, set the temperature to 350 and bake for 30 minutes.
    Remove the eggs from the oven using tongs and place them into a ice water bath.
    Peel the eggs as usual.
    Like I said, this sounds crazy, but for some reason I find this easier than boiling!

  21. Celia says:

    My favorite egg boiling method is actually Emeril’s (which is funny cause i hate just about everything else I do). It’s virtually the same as your start with cold water/boil/ice bath method but instead of keeping the eggs on the heat for 10 minutes, you boil the eggs for 3 minutes and then turn off the heat and the let the residual heat cook the eggs.

  22. Celia says:

    Derp, that should have read “I hate everything else he does.”

  23. Casey says:

    That greenish ring is the iron present in the egg. It becomes visible when the egg is boiled.

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