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Kimberly Holland
March 27, 2016

Have plans to showcase dangerously delicious deviled eggs? Needing a quick and easy protein snack for your busy days? Planning to add some chopped egg to your favorite Cobb salad? No matter your plans, you need to know exactly how long to boil eggs, right? We can help!

How Long to Boil EggsInstead of throwing cold eggs into boiling water, you want to heat eggs with the water. This allows for a gradual, even cook that equals the perfect hard-boiled egg. Add to hot water, and you'll "shock" the egg. The result will be an egg that isn't cooked very evenly.

1. Place a single layer of raw eggs in the bottom of a medium or large saucepan. Fill the pan with water to about 2 inches over the eggs

2. Place the pan on high heat. Bring to a boil. Remove the pan from the heat. Cover, and let the eggs stand for 12 minutes.

3. Run the eggs under cold water or place in an ice bath to cool. Peel the hard-boiled eggs, and enjoy.

Photo: Caleb Chancey

Want a slightly softer boil? This timeline may help:

- For a soft-boiled egg with a slightly runny center, let the eggs sit in the water after it comes to a boil for 4 to 5 minutes.- For a slightly firmer yolk that has a custard-like texture, leave the eggs in the water for 6 minutes.- For a firm yolk that is still a bit creamy with some liquid, leave the eggs in the water for 10 minutes.- For a completely hard-boiled egg that can be used for deviled eggs or egg salad, leave the eggs in the water for 12 minutes.

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