How to Boil Eggs

How to boil eggs is part of my learn to cook series.  This is the series where I am cooking all of the recipes in my old home economics cookbook from junior high.

a boiled egg

I know chances are, you already know how to boil eggs, and you do so perfectly. This post is intended for those who are learning how to cook, so I want to talk about eggs, egg sizes, how to buy eggs, and then how to boil an egg.

I bet you have some great tips on how you boil eggs.  These directions are from my old home economics book, and I try to simply go along with what it suggests to do.

How to buy eggs

When you go to the store is may seem very daunting because there are all sorts of eggs. Eggs come in a wide variety of colors, sizes, and then there are sizes by the different ways they are harvested.

When it comes to the color of eggs there is really no difference in how they taste. Eggs often come in white and brown eggs, but growing up we even had chickens that laid greenish and blue colored eggs. It doesn’t matter what color the shell is, the egg will taste the same on the inside.

Egg sizes

Eggs come in a variety of sizes. You will typically find eggs in medium, large, extra-large, and jumbo sizes.

  • A medium egg weighs 1.75 ounces
  • A large egg weighs 2.00
  • An extra-large egg weighs 2.25 ounces
  • A jumbo egg weighs in at 2.50 ounces

Most recipes are written with large eggs in mind. So whenever baking you may want to make sure that you have the right amount of eggs by weight. Using 3 medium eggs means you will have only 5.25 ounces and if you make it with jumbo eggs you would have 7.5 ounces, and that is a huge difference. So be mindful of the size of the eggs when you buy your eggs.

How to boil eggs

Maybe you have tried boiling an egg by dropping a few eggs in a pot and then cooking them for a certain amount of time. This method is at best challenging. Stovetops put out a variety of heat. For example, your stove my be hotter than mine when I put it on high.

We might be using a different size of an egg. The easiest method for me is to simply place a few eggs in a pot, cover the eggs with water, and then place the pot on the stove.

Bring the water to a boil, remove the pot from the stove, and place a lid on the pot. Wait for 10 to 11 minutes and then cool off the eggs rapidly with cool water or by placing the eggs in an ice bath. Once the eggs have cooled you can peel them.

After you have peeled your eggs you can put them in potato salads, egg salads, creamed eggs on toast, make deviled eggs, or just eat them plain. This simple method will keep the yolks from turning green on the inside from overcooking.

Drop me a comment down below on your special method for preparing boiled eggs.

More egg recipes:

a boiled egg

How to Boil Eggs

Learn how to boil the perfect egg.
5 from 5 votes
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Egg Recipes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 62kcal


  • 8 eggs


  • Place the desired amount of eggs in a pot. Cover eggs with water and add about an inch more. Place pot on stove on high. Once the water is boiling for 1 minute, place a lid on the pot. If you are on an electric stove, move pot off of the burner, and onto a cool burner. After 10 - 12 minutes place eggs into an ice bath or run cool water continuously until the eggs cool to room temperature.



Calories: 62kcal | Carbohydrates: 0g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 163mg | Sodium: 62mg | Potassium: 60mg | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin A: 240IU | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 0.8mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. Peggy M.

    For perfect eggs to use for Deviled Eggs I found a method that works every time, even with freshly laid farm-fresh eggs: take a thumb tack or hat pin and punch a small hole in the larger end of the egg being careful not to punch in too far — you are trying to not pierce the membrane in this part of the egg. Bring a pot of water to a boil (enough water to cover the eggs) and gently place punched eggs into pot. Boil on low boil for 15 minutes. In the meantime, prepare a bowl of ice water. After 15 minutes is up, take pot from stove and drain hot water. Immediately put the eggs in the bowl of ice water and wait 15-20 minutes then take one egg at a time from the water and peel… beautifully every time and the yolk is perfectly cooked with a wonderful yellow color. Before I used this method, I never was able to use our hens freshly laid eggs for anything but frying. Now I can take them right off the nest and boil them right up!

    • stephaniemanley

      Thank you for your brilliant suggestion. Growing up we had chickens and I know how challenging it is to boil fresh hen eggs. I will definitely have to give your special technique a try the next time I get some fresh yard eggs from my Mom.

  2. JetfireK

    Or you could buy an egg cooker and have perfect no fuss no muss eggs as you busy yourself doing other things in the kitchen. When the buzzer sounds you have perfect eggs. After they’re done ….Don’t forget to put your eggs in a pot with a lid shake the pot vigorously and all the shells come off. Enjoy!

    • stephaniemanley

      Great tip on the egg cooker. My kitchen is too small for any more appliances, they spill into another room 😉 Love the bit about shaking the eggs in the pot. Thank you for your suggestions.

      • JetfireK

        Let me add. Do let the eggs “cool” off first and if you’re having a “huge” party after cutting up many heads of lettuce and washing them, shake the pieces in your colander and place in a clean pillow case tossing in the dryer on AIR DRY… If its easy and fast …I’m in!

        TIP: From the grocery, you can wrap your whole heads of lettuce in tin foil as well as your celery in tin foil place them in the refrigerator and they will keep for weeks, celery for a month.

      • stephaniemanley

        Wow, great tips there. I will have to try this with the celery. I love celery but I don’t use it as quickly as I should.

      • JetfireK

        the egg cooker holds 6 eggs very small just put it in a cabinet when not in use…do yourself this favor….you’ll be glad you did!

  3. Becca Torsell

    I have never cooked boiled eggs this way but I am going to try it for breakfast this morning. My kids love boiled eggs.

    • mary ellen

      I do mine the same way except I let them sit for 20 min.
      Run under cold water and peel with the back of a spoon.
      The spoon trick I learned from here.

      • Marg ouellette

        5 stars
        I have learned a perfect way to cook eggs to perfection —place them in a pot of cold water ,as soon as the water boils -take the pot off the heat completely ,set your timer on for 10 minutes –perfectly hard boiled eggs every time (with no ring around the yolk !)

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