June 2, 2017 Kim Cox

Do You Know How To Perfectly Boil An Egg?

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I know what you’re thinking, “Who can’t boil and egg?  Any idiot can boil an egg!”  You’d be surprised how many veteran and novice cooks can’t boil an egg.

When you boil an egg, does it’s shell crack?  Does it have a green tint around the yolk?  If so, then you don’t know how to boil an egg! No worries! We can fix that!


My mom is one of 5 siblings; three girls and two boys. Recently I had the pleasure of “driving the daisies” (as in Ms. Daisy times two) to visit their youngest brother who had been ill. As with most southern women, a visit does not mean just showing up; a visit means that you come packing the goods – good food, that is.


The three sisters got in the kitchen and the cooking commenced. It was funny to see the different approaches each took to cooking. One is a master baker, one pays particular attention to every detail of her dish, and the other slaps it all together and somehow the magic happens – every time!

I don’t recall how, but in the midst of all the tall talk and tall tales, the subject of boiling an egg came up. Not being a boiled egg eater and having no use for boiled eggs in my recipe repertoire, (I make eggless tuna and I never make potato salad), I foolishly assumed that, because there were only two ingredients, there was no way to mess it up. Foolish me…..

How NOT to Boil An Egg (And What Happens When You Do)


Prior to this lesson at the feet of the masters, if I needed to boil an egg, I would boil some water and drop an egg in it. Of course, the egg hit the bottom of the pan like a rock, cracked and the egg seeped out of the shell.  I had more egg in the boiling water than was left in the shell!  Round 2, I carefully placed my egg in the boiling water, and let it boil until I thought about taking it off the heat. (Yes, it always took two boiled eggs to get one. What can I say.  I so rarely cook eggs, every time felt like the first time!)

My method never yielded good results. My boiled eggs frequently crackedwhile boiling (even when I carefully placed them in the pot of boiling water) and they always had that green ring around the yolk. This has to stop.  Friends don’t let friend badly boil eggs…

The Right Way To Boil An Egg

Boiling an egg starts with cold water and a cold egg. The egg should be in the water when you put it on the burner.

Allow the water to come to a rolling boil.


You may wish to add a little salt to the water. Salt prevents the eggs from cracking and allowing the egg to seep out.

Once the water comes to a rolling boil, turn the heat off and let the eggs sit for 10-15 minutes.

Remove the egg and run it under cold water.

Boil an egg

Eggs cooked this way will yield perfectly cooked eggs, with firm whites and no green ring. Who knew!


So now, volunteer to bring the deviled eggs or potato salad with confidence! You now know how to boil an egg!

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