How To Boil an Egg

How to Boil an Egg
Perfectly hard-cooked eggs on the left. Telltale green ring resulting from overcooking on the right.

According to the American Egg Board (and who would know better, right?) boiled eggs should be called “hard cooked eggs” because boiling makes them tough, rubbery and can make the yolks turn green.

For me, boiling eggs meant boiling them ’til the water had nearly evaporated. If I was really off my game, the sound of eggshells cracking in a dry pot would be my not so subtle signal that it might be time to turn off the heat.

So, what’s the right way to boil…err, hard cook an egg?

How to Boil an Egg

First, place the eggs in a pot in a single layer. Add just enough water to cover the eggs, and then bring the water to a boil. Cover the pot, take it off the burner and let it sit for 15 minutes. Run the eggs under cold water. The cold water will create steam under the shell making it easy to crack and peel. And with that you’re in business with perfectly ‘hard cooked’ eggs!

You can put those boiled eggs to use in these yummy Asparagus-Topped Deviled Eggs.


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How to Boil an Egg

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