How Long Do Boil Eggs Take to Cook


Boiled eggs are something of a staple in many kitchens. They’re a quick, nutritious snack that can be eaten on their own or added to salads, sandwiches, and more. But how long does it take to cook an egg? This is one of those questions that can seem simple at first glance but quickly become complicated as you dig deeper into the details. We’ll cover some of the most common ways people cook eggs—including boiling them in water—and discuss how long those methods will take for different types of eggs.

In the Instant Pot

  • Fill your Instant Pot with enough water to cover the eggs by about 1 inch. If you don’t have an Instant Pot, you can use a saucepan instead–just make sure to add enough water so that they won’t crack when they boil!
  • Place the eggs in their shells into the pot (or put them on top of some foil if you’re worried about cracking).
  • Set your Instant Pot’s timer for 5 minutes at high pressure (or according to specific instructions for your particular model), and then let it release naturally for 5 more minutes before opening it up again.

In a pot on the stove


If you’re the kind of person who likes to boil eggs on the stove, it’s important to know how long they take to cook and how many you can fit in one pot. Here are some tips:

  • The most common way to boil an egg is by placing it in a pot of boiling water. The temperature of the water should be about 212 degrees Fahrenheit (100 degrees Celsius). If your stove doesn’t have a thermometer attached, use one from a candy or deep fryer instead–they’re designed for high temperatures and should work perfectly well here!
  • To get started, fill up your pot with enough water so that when all of your eggs are added together it comes up about halfway up their sides; this will ensure even cooking for each one without wasting any extra space on unnecessary air bubbles. Then add all of your hard-boiled treasures into their new home and set them over medium heat until they reach full rolling boil status (about 10 minutes).

In an oven

In an oven:

  • Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
  • Don’t forget to put them in a pan of water!

It depends on how you cook them

How long it takes to cook an egg depends on how you cook it. The oven, stovetop and instant pot all have different cooking times.

The longer you cook eggs in the oven or on the stovetop, the harder they become (and vice versa). So if you’re looking for soft-boiled eggs that are still runny inside with a gooey yolk, then 30 seconds will do just fine! But if hard-boiled is more your style–or if you just want something a little firmer than soft–then 5 minutes is probably best for you.

In general though: if your goal is to get as much white as possible around each yolk without compromising its integrity too much (which means no cracks), then 2 minutes will be perfect; otherwise 4 minutes should do just fine!


The best way to cook your eggs is the way that works for you. If you’ve got an Instant Pot and want to try it out, go for it! If not, don’t worry about it–there are plenty of other ways to make perfect eggs every time.

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