How to boil an egg
Learn how long to boil an egg for the perfect consistency, whether you're after runny yolks or hard-boiled. Plus, check out our recipe ideas.
Looking to make the perfect soft-boiled runny eggs for breakfast? Achieve a lovely soft centre and cooked egg white with our expert cooking tips and advice for boiled egg times.
Follow our guide for how to boil eggs perfectly and serve them with toast for an easy high-protein breakfast, cook up a hearty kedgeree or use boiled eggs to top a simple salad. If you're looking to make the classic boiled egg with soldiers check out our best toasters review for the perfect toast with your boiled eggs every morning
Find plenty of inspiration in our best ever boiled egg recipes.
How to boil an egg
Make sure your eggs aren't fridge cold. By having the eggs at room temperature, it will be less of a shock for the egg reaching the hot water and therefore less likely to crack. You can also use an egg pricker to make a very small hole in each egg before boiling, which will also reduce the chances of it cracking in the heat.
We used large hens' eggs at room temperature lowered into boiling water. When done, scoop the eggs out of the pan and put them in a bowl of cold water (if you’re not eating them straight away) to prevent them cooking any further.
How long to boil an egg
Follow these timings for how to boil an egg for a runny yolk, soft set centre or until hard boiled:
- 5 minutes: set white and runny yolk – just right for dipping into
- 6 minutes: liquid yolk – a little less oozy
- 7 minutes: almost set – deliciously sticky
- 8 minutes: softly set – this is what you want to make Scotch eggs
- 10 minutes: the classic hard-boiled egg – mashable but not dry and chalky
Watch the video above to find out how to perfectly boil eggs, whether you like yours runny or hard-boiled.
Now that you have beautifully boiled eggs, put them to good use with 10 sensational soldiers, or whip up one of our favourite recipes:
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