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scattered boiled egg halves with a pinch bowl of salt and pepper
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How to Boil Eggs

Soft and hard boiled eggs are a fantastic high protein and low carb snack or breakfast item. Learn How to Boil Eggs with this simple tutorial for cooking the perfect egg!
Prep Time1 min
Cook Time6 mins
Course: Breakfast, Lunch, Snack
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12
Calories: 63kcal


  • 12 Eggs
  • Cold water
  • Ice water
  • salt & pepper for garnish optional


  • Place the eggs in a large saucepan and fill with cold water until the eggs are just covered.
  • Place the saucepan on the stove over high heat and bring to a rolling boil.
  • Boil the eggs for 4-12 minutes depending on your desired texture. Set a timer to ensure that the eggs aren't undercooked or overcooked.
  • When the eggs are done cooking, immediately remove them from the heat and shock them in a bowl of ice water.
  • Allow the eggs to cool, then crack and roll them on a board using gentle, but firm pressure.
  • Peel and discard the cracked egg shell and rinse the eggs with cold water to ensure that no shell remains stuck to the egg whites.
  • Top with salt and pepper if desired, or slice/chop and use in your favorite recipe.
  • Enjoy!


Always start with cold water and bring the eggs to a boil. Placing uncooked eggs directly into hot boiling water will cause them to cook unevenly.
Shocking cooked eggs in ice water helps to stop them from cooking further and makes them easier to peel. 
If you see a green ring around the yolks, that means your eggs are overcooked. Reduce the cooking time to achieve desired yolk consistency.


Calories: 63kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 164mg | Sodium: 62mg | Potassium: 61mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 238IU | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 1mg