Should your eggs appear stiff and have an unpleasant smell when you peel them, then don’t fear! This article will discuss the ins and outs of how to boil eggs and how long to boil eggs for.
How long to boil eggs is a common question that you can find a hundred different answers to.
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That’s because not all eggs are the same.
In fact, there are over eight (8) types of eggs that can be used for cooking, frying, and baking!
So, when wanting to know how long to boil eggs for.
It’s complex yet straightforward.
That is, if we know which eggs you are referring to.
HARD-BOILED VS. SOFT-BOILED EGGS
Your cook time depends on the type of eggs that you want.
If you are looking for an egg with a somewhat liquid yolk and tender outside, then you’re attempting to make soft-boiled eggs. Soft-boiled eggs can be eaten by themselves or alongside soup dishes, such as hot noodle soup or inside sandwiches like an Eggs Benedict sandwich.
If, instead, you want a solid egg white with a firm yolk, then you want a hard-boiled egg. Many people use hard-boiled eggs in salads, appetizers, and as a topping for burgers.
Chicken eggs are the most common egg eaten internationally and come in various shapes, sizes, and colors.
HOW LONG TO BOIL SOFT EGGS
For soft-boiled chicken eggs, you’ll want to boil for no longer than 5 minutes, setting the stove to high. It is important to make sure that the temperature is just right. You’ll want a water temperature between 200-220 degrees F. If you’re cooking two (2) or more eggs, allow your water temperature to reach 220 degrees F and then re-check your temperature after adding in your eggs.
HOW LONG TO BOIL HARD EGGS
Hard-boiled eggs take a little longer to cook and should not exceed 12 minutes. After this timeframe, you can have an egg that reeks of foul odor and won’t be pleasant to eat.
Following the same temperature settings as soft eggs, ensure that your water is between 200-220 degrees F before and after adding in your eggs. Once done, immediately remove the eggs from the heat and transfer them to ice-cold water. The ice-cold water will allow the inner membranes to firm up and makes for an easier peeling process.
Properly cooked hard-boiled eggs should be easy to peel without any odors or change in shell color.
WHAT YOU'LL NEED FOR BOILING EGGS
If boiling eggs on a stovetop, you will need:
- Large pot with lid
- Large, slotted spoon
- Heat-resistant container
- Ice bath (for hard-boiled eggs)
HOW TO TELL A GOOD EGG FROM A BAD EGG
The easiest way to tell if an egg has gone bad is a water test. Adding your eggs into a bowl of water and checking to see if they float or not is a good way to test for freshness.
If the egg floats to the bottom of your pot and stays there, it is considered fresh.
If it floats to the top of your pot and never makes it to the bottom, the egg is old and should not be consumed.
CAN YOU OVER BOIL AN EGG?
Yes, you can overboil an egg. If you continue boiling your egg past 12 minutes, you run the risk of the egg going through a chemical change and spoiling. By this point, the egg begins to break down- chemically speaking- and will release hydrogen sulfide from the egg white. The rotten egg smell we all run away from is actually the hydrogen sulfide release, as well as a release of carbon dioxide- further decaying the egg.
The best practice is to set a timer- either on your phone or use a kitchen timer so that you can continue working on other things without worrying that your egg will overcook.
CAN I MICROWAVE EGGS?
I would not recommend that you try and microwave an egg. Microwaves use magnetic waves that cause the egg to cook from the center- but not in a good way.
As the eggs spin on the microwave’s rotating plate, the magnetic waves pass left and right, heating the center of the egg and causing a pocket to develop in the middle of the egg. Microwave eggs don’t actually cook. They retain the heat inside the pocket that was formed, and once you remove the eggs and peel away the shell, the eggs can- and usually do- explode.
If you’re looking for an alternative to boiling eggs on the stove, we suggest purchasing an electric egg cooker or sous vide. Each device is capable of making hard or soft eggs but do your research before deciding to buy.