The Perfect Hard-Boiled Egg

Have you struggled with getting your boiled eggs just right, every time?  Wonder why sometimes they come out differently?  Want to try an egg that’s soft boiled?

Whether you have been eating boiled eggs for years and want to mix up your tried and true method, or you can’t figure out why your yolks have a green tint to them, you have come to the right place!

We decided to boil quite a few eggs to demonstrate our favorite ways to prepare and consume this protein-filled meal. Amongst the foodies in the office, one testified to her soft-boiled egg, claiming the prep time allowed for a creamy, fudgy egg without any of that powdery dryness that comes with its hard-boiled counterpart. Another foodie claimed she has her boiled eggs down to a science, using convenient tips and tricks to perfect the process. Then there’s me, the one with the nasty habit of overcooking my eggs simply from not paying attention to the cook time. Though I was apprehensive at the prospect of a “fudgy” egg, I was interested to see the results of our boiled science experiment.

We proceeded to cook the eggs at various lengths and recorded the consistency once removed from the boiling water and ensuing ice bath. The results are as follows:

7 minutes – very soft boiled, runny yolk

9 minutes – soft boiled, creamy yolk

10 ½ minutes – hard boiled with very soft yolk

12 minutes – hard boiled with fluffy yolk

14 minutes – hard boiled with solid yolk (this type works well for chopping into salads and other dishes)

The times listed in the video and in this article are based on our office hotplate, a thinner pot (not a heavy cast iron), and medium sized eggs. So, keep these in mind when choosing your cook time:

  • Colder eggs will take longer to cook.  If you have just taken them out of the fridge, they will require more time boiling than if they have been sitting out
  • Should you boil large eggs rather than medium, your cook time will increase
  • Be sure to fill the pot just enough to cover the tops of the eggs with about ½ inch to an inch of water. This will minimize the time it takes to boil.
  • Because thinner pots do not hold heat as well, cook times may be longer
  • Induction and Gas Stove tops heat better than hot plates and electric plate type stoves.
  • Don’t forget to put your eggs in the ice bath to stop the cooking; just because you take them off of the heat source, does not mean that they stop cooking.

After tasting each egg, we were all pleasantly surprised by the varying textures and consistencies each cook time brought. I discovered that my preferred preparation style was the soft-boiled egg with the fudgy yolk. “Fudgy” is, in fact, an excellent way to describe the soft-boiled eggs, and might very well be my new go-to!

We hope this video helps you to explore the different possibilities of boiled eggs to land on your perfect egg!

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