How to Boil Eggs

Boiling eggs is an easy way to make a tasty snack or part of a meal.

You can make them just the way you like, from runny to fully cooked.

Here’s how to do it.

What You Need

  • Eggs
  • A pot
  • Water
  • A timer

how to make perfect boiled eggs

Steps to Follow

  1. Put the eggs in a pot: Place your eggs in a single layer at the bottom of the pot.
  2. Cover with water: Add cold water until the eggs are covered by about an inch of water.
  3. Heat it up: Put the pot on the stove and turn the heat to high. Wait for the water to boil.
  4. Start timing: Once the water is boiling, lower the heat so the water is simmering. Now, set your timer depending on how you like your eggs.

7 Minute Eggs

For eggs with a runny yolk but firm white, set your timer for 7 minutes. This makes the yolk gooey and perfect for dipping toast into.

8 Minute Eggs

If you like your yolk a bit thicker, like jam, then 8 minutes is your magic number. The yolk is not too runny but not too hard.

10 Minute Eggs

For a yolk that’s cooked but still soft in the center, wait 10 minutes. This is great for those who don’t like runny yolks but enjoy a bit of softness.

13 Minute Eggs

Want your egg fully cooked? Go for 13 minutes. This makes the yolk and white hard, perfect for slicing without any mess.

Cool Down

After the timer goes off, take the pot off the heat. Pour out the hot water and fill the pot with cold water to cool the eggs quickly. This stops them from cooking more and makes them easier to peel.


Peel your egg and enjoy it however you like! Boiled eggs are great on their own, in sandwiches, or salads. Now that you know how to boil them to your liking, you can enjoy perfect eggs anytime!