How to boil an egg

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Boiled eggs: a quick guide

Everyone likes their boiled eggs done a little bit differently. But whether you’re looking for a lovely runny yolk to dip your soldiers into or a hard-boiled egg to smash into sandwiches, it’s all about the timing.

We’ve based our quick guide to boiling eggs on using nice cold ones, fresh from the fridge (it’s the way we recommend storing eggs safely). It won’t make any difference to the cooking time.

Boiled Egg

You can’t beat a boiled egg.

Three minutes to runny, sunny perfection.

Top Tip:

Stop your boiled eggs cracking by only using enough water to half cover them.

Ready for a lovely, warm boiled egg? Ok then...

  1. First things first, pop your free-range egg in a small, empty pan and add enough cold water to half cover it.
  2. Put your pan on the hob, on a medium to high heat and bring the water to the boil. Have your watch ready – as soon as the water boils, you’ll need to start timing.
  3. Go! If you like your boiled eggs with a runny yolk, time 3 minutes (remember to turn your egg half way through!) or if you prefer them firmer, go for 5 minutes. When the time’s up, lift your boiled egg out with a slotted spoon and pop it in your egg cup. Whether you slice the top off with a knife or bash it with a spoon, it’s time to get cracking!
  4. If you’re after a hard boiled egg, just let it boil for 3 minutes then turn off the hob and let your egg sit in the hot water for another 8 minutes. Then lift it out, plunge it into cold water until it’s nice and cool, peel away the shell and tuck in!
Eggs and your health

Brilliant boiled egg ideas

There's nothing quite like a classic boiled egg, sitting proudly in its egg cup, surveying its buttery soldiers. But what if you fancy something a little bit different today?

How about peeling and halving some almost hard-boiled eggs and popping them in a fish pie, or on top of some irresistibly smoky kedgeree? You could go old school with a rather retro egg mayonnaise starter, or even whip up a summery salad nicoise full of crispy leaves and big, fresh flavours.

Fancy your eggs a different way?

How to poach an egg

Cause a bit of a stir and perfect your poached eggs.

Whether it’s sitting on a slice of simple, buttery toast or getting a bit fancy as part of an eggs Benedict, a perfectly runny poached egg is a very special thing. And if you’ve ever wondered how restaurants get theirs so neatly rounded, we’ve got the secret right here.

How to fry an egg

With bangers, bacon and beans, fried eggs are flipping lovely, any time of day.

They might be a breakfast classic, but good old-fashioned fried eggs are just as dippable at dinner time. Serve them up with chips, a big juicy steak or a spot of smashed avocado, but whatever you do, take a quick peek at our cooking guide to get yours spot on.

How to make scrambled eggs

It’s all about the stirring with scrambled eggs. Don’t stop till they’re perfect.

Light, fluffy and always lovely, scrambled eggs are the perfect comfort food, whether you’re serving them on toast, waffles or with the rest of the breakfast club. They’ll be ready before you know it, so cook them at the last minute and use our quick scrambled eggs guide to get them just right.

How to make an omelette

Fancy an omelette? You just can’t do it without breaking eggs.

Whether you keep it simple with a handful of grated cheese or get creative with your favourite ingredients, think of your omelette a bit like a blank canvas – the kind you can eat, rather than hang on the wall. For a quick guide to omelette basics, take a look at our cooking tips.