Help! How Long Do I Boil My Eggs?
Nail the timing.
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Susanna February 3, 2022
Wow. My experience has been very different from this. Even though I don’t turn off the water after adding the eggs, I find that I need to cook at least five minutes for a soft-boiled egg. A jammy egg that’s still a bit runny takes 7. I don’t make hard-boiled as often so I can’t comment on that.
Karen H. February 3, 2022
I also live at over 7.000 feet and I find that I cook hard boiled eggs this method, but go to 13 minutes then off heat for another 1 minute, then into the ice bath. High altitude definitely requires longer cooking (I also find with rice and pasta - a few extra minutes).
Jenny A. February 3, 2022
Starting with cold water makes the shells stick. I couldn’t figure out why, with ice water and all, the eggs wouldn’t peel well, and especially since Cook’s Illustrated recommended that method 10 years ago along with other chefs. I read that steaming eggs is best because it’s constant heat and the high heat results in the whites not sticking to the shells. 13 minutes of steaming, then ice water and it’s the perfect egg. Yes, buy a steamer insert for your pan, it’s worth it.
Melanie A. January 30, 2022
I live at over 7,000 foot elevation and I think my times are much different than this. 3 minutes where I am is basically a raw egg.
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