Boiling an egg is not really a science but not everyone can do it right every time.
Chances are you may get runny oozy yolk eggs when you expect them to be perfectly hard-boiled. Or you may discover with a yucky greenish tinge around the yolk when you intend to make a soft boiled egg to dip your soldiers in.
So how do you make perfect boiled eggs every time? If you have been asking yourself the same question, don’t worry. We’re here to help you out. In this article, we’re going to show you two fail-proof ways of making boiled eggs, so that they turn out exactly how you like them.
Option 1: Boil eggs on a stove – the traditional way
Although boiling eggs on a stove sounds traditional, it is a good cooking experience if you love cooking or in the mood of whipping up egg snacks on your own.
Here is how to boil egg on a stove:
1) Choose a saucepan that is large enough to hold all your eggs comfortably in a single layer. If you cannot fit all the eggs, don’t pile them – they might cook unevenly or just crack. Use a larger pan or cook them in multiple batches instead.
2) Gently place the eggs at the bottom of the pan.
3) Fill the pan with cold water until the eggs are covered by about 1 inch and then cover the pan with a lid. Optionally you can add a dash of salt into the pan. This helps prevent the shock of a sudden change in temperature, which might crack open the eggs.
4) Place the pan over a medium heat.
5) Once the water begins to boil, reduce the heat to a simmer.
6) Allow the eggs to simmer and in the meanwhile set the timer. Here is a timeline for your reference based on your preferred style of the boiled eggs.
- 3 minutes: soft white and completely liquid yolk
- 5 minutes: white set and yolk runny – just right for dipping toast soldiers
- 7 minutes: yolk almost set and pudding-like – delicious as topping on ramen
- 8 minutes: softly set – this is how you’d like for Scotch eggs
- 10 minutes: completely-cooked yolk with soft, creamy center – ready to be chopped up to top a cobb sald, tuna sald, salad of any kind, or make devilled eggs etc.
7) Turn off the heat and remove the pan from the burner.
8) Rinse the eggs with running cool water. Or alternatively, if you have a bowl of ice water readily available, dunk them into the ice water. Both of these methods are to make sure that the shell slide off more easily, especially the ice bath method.
9) Peel the eggs and serve.
Option 2: Boil eggs with Dash Deluxe Egg Cooker – the unfussy super easy way
Feeling not comfortable using a stove? Finding it too much guesswork monitoring the cooking process? Or simply can’t make more time for the meal prep? You can try Dash Deluxe Egg Cooker – the must-have appliance for egg lovers to cook eggs.
Dash Deluxe Egg Cooker is a versatile egg cooker that allows you to make hard-boiled eggs, soft-boiled eggs, poached eggs, scrambled eggs or omelets – all within minutes from the push of the start button. With Dash Deluxe Egg Cooker, the egg cooking procedure has been reduced to just setting and forgetting. It is so simple and that even kids can use it.
Dash Deluxe Egg Cooker
- Quick & Easy: Simply choose your preferred style of eggs (or steamed food), set the timer and sit back.
- Versatile: Soft, medium, hard boiled, poached, scrambled or an omelette, this egg cooker takes care of it all.
To make boiled eggs with Dash Deluxe Egg Cooker:
1) Make sure the egg cooker is unplugged before starting.
2) Based on your desired doneness of the eggs, refer the water levels to place the appropriate amount of water into the heating plate.
3) Carefully puncture the larger end of each egg with the pin attached to the bottom of the measuring cup. This prevents the eggs from exploding and also makes the eggs easier to peel once boiled.
4) Attach the egg tray to the boiling tray and place the boiling tray on the heaing plate.
5) Place the eggs in each designated spot in the boiling tray. Make sure that the holes in the larger end of the eggs are pointed upwards.
6) Cover with the lid and plug the cooker in. Then press the power button to start cooking. You can see that the indicator light will turn on.
7) When the eggs are finished cooking, a buzzer will sound. The actual cooking time will depend on the number of eggs and your desired style (hard, medium, or soft).
8) Press the power button to silence the buzzer and remove your eggs.
9) Rinse the eggs with running cool water. Or alternatively, if you have a bowl of ice water readily available, dunk them into the ice water. Both of these methods are to make sure that the shell slide off more easily, especially the ice bath method.
10) Peel the eggs and serve.
- Should I choose fresh eggs or older ones?
It may sound counterintuitive, but fresh eggs are atually harder to peel because of its thin membrane. So for easiest peeling, use eggs that have been in the refridgerator for around a week. And do save the fresher eggs for poaching!
- How to peel eggs?
Now that you have followed the sure-fire way above to cook your eggs, shelling the eggs shouldn’t be a problem. To peel a boiled egg, just tap the egg against a hard surface to crack the shell, then roll the eggs between your hands to peel. You can also run your egg under the water to so that shell pieces will remove easier.
- How to tell if an egg is hard boiled or raw?
Although there is little physical difference between a solid boiled egg or an uncooked egg, there are still ways to determine which is which (without breaking the egg of course). To do so, simply set the egg on the counter and give it a quick spin. A hard boiled egg, with no fluid inside, will spin round and round smoothly; whereas the raw egg, filled with liquid, will spin more slowly and wobble.
You can do another experiment to further test your finding. While it’s spinning, put your finger briefly on the eggs to stop it from spinning. As you quickly lift your finger away, a raw egg will continue to spin for a couple seconds as the fluid is still moving. A hard-boiled egg will stop instantly.