Boiled eggs are perfect for an instant breakfast, lunch or supper fix, and the fact that they’re packed with protein means that boiled eggs, together with a slice of low-GI toast will keep you full for longer.
But, as easy as they are as to make, there’s an art to getting your boiled eggs just right — we’re channeling our inner Goldilocks here; you don’t want them too hard or too soft, they need to be just right. So, to make sure that you can satisfy everyone in the family, follow the fail-safe steps below to get the perfect boiled eggs… Every. Single. Time.
How to make perfect soft-boiled eggs
Top tip: make sure your eggs are at room temperature before you start! If they aren’t at room temperature (or if your room is very cold), add 30 seconds on to the cooking time.
- Place your eggs in a pan and fill it with cold water. Make sure the eggs are covered by about 2 cm of water.
- Bring the pan to the boil, turn the heat down and simmer for 2 minutes if you like very runny yolks, or 3 to 4 minutes for soft, creamy yolks.
- Immediately take the eggs out of the water and run them under cold water to stop the cooking process.
- Voila, you’re done! Yes, making perfect soft-boiled eggs really is that simple.
How to make perfect hard-boiled eggs
- Follow the instructions above, but simmer your eggs for 7 minutes.
- As soon as they’re done, put the eggs under cold running water to prevent them from forming a black rim around the yolk.
- To peel your boiled eggs, tap the shell so that it cracks, then carefully peel it away.
Top tip: If you want to peel your hard-boiled eggs and want to make that process as easy as possible, try putting a small crack in the bottom of the egg before you boil it. You need to make sure you crack the shell, but don’t pierce the membrane that holds the egg white in, so be firm, but gentle. Tapping them on a rounded surface works best.
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