How Long Do I Cook a Hard Boiled Egg


There are few things that are more satisfying than a hard boiled egg. The white is solid and the yolk is still runny, so when you cut it open and sprinkle some salt on top, you’re basically eating heaven on a plate. But if you don’t know how long to cook your eggs for in order to get them perfect, then all of this deliciousness can be ruined. So let’s figure out what time it takes for your stove top to make a perfect hard boiled egg:

You can cook hard boiled eggs in a pot or in the microwave.

To cook hard boiled eggs in a pot, place the eggs on the bottom of the pot and cover them with water. Place on medium heat and bring to a boil. As soon as it comes to a boil, remove from heat and let sit for 15 minutes before draining out the hot water and running cold water over them until they cool down enough to touch without burning yourself.

To cook hard boiled eggs in the microwave, place one or two eggs inside an egg carton (or any dish) with about an inch of water at its base. Microwave on high for 3 minutes for each egg; depending on how many you’re cooking at once or whether you like soft-boiled or hard-boiled yolks–you may need more time than this!

The length of time to cook a hard boiled egg depends on your stove top.


The length of time to cook a hard boiled egg depends on your stove top.

If you’re boiling just one egg, it will take about 10 minutes. If you want to boil two or three at once, add another minute per egg. For example: if you want to cook four eggs at once (and who doesn’t?), then it will take about 15 minutes for them all to be ready!

You should always use the freshest eggs possible when boiling them.

You should always use the freshest eggs possible when boiling them. Eggs that are less than a week old are best, as they’ll be easier to peel and the yolk will be firmer. Eggs that have been refrigerated for more than a week should be discarded, since they’re more likely to contain Salmonella bacteria (the reason you heard your mother telling you not to eat raw cookie dough). If an egg has been kept at room temperature for more than two hours before being cooked, discard it as well–it may have begun to develop salmonella bacteria inside its shell and could infect other foods if cooked together with them later on in the same pan or pot.

A quick way to tell if an egg is cooked is to crack it on the side of the bowl.

It’s easy to tell if an egg is cooked or not by cracking it on the side of your bowl. If you have a clear yolk, then it’s not fully cooked yet and should be left in for another minute or two. If the yolk is cloudy and spread out throughout the white, then it’s ready!

Never boil more than 10 eggs at a time.

Never boil more than 10 eggs at a time. If you do, the water will boil over and make a mess, or the eggs will be too crowded in the pot and won’t cook evenly.

It can take 8 to 10 minutes for an egg to boil

So, you’ve got a bunch of eggs and you’re ready to boil them. You might be surprised by how long it takes for them to cook through. Depending on how hot your water is and how old your egg is (older eggs take longer), it can take anywhere from 8 to 10 minutes for an egg to boil.

If you’re using a microwave: Microwaves are known for being efficient, but they also tend to heat food unevenly–so there’s no guarantee that all parts of the egg will reach their ideal temperature at once. This means that if you use this method, make sure not only that there’s enough water in the pot so that when cracked open after cooking time has elapsed there isn’t any raw yolk inside but also check periodically throughout cooking time (about every minute) by piercing with a toothpick or knife tip just as we did earlier!


Cooking hard boiled eggs is a simple process that you can do at home. The length of time it takes to cook an egg depends on the size of your pot and stove top, but we have some tips for making sure your eggs are always cooked perfectly!

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