How To Boil an Egg

People use it as an insult all the time: ‘They don’t even know how to boil an egg!’

But it turns out, boiling an egg is actually harder than it appears. Leave it for too long, and your once-promising golden, jammy yolk turns as hard as bullets.

Believe it or not, recent research suggests that 1 in 4 British adults have never boiled an egg and don’t know how. Let’s put an end to that! Here’s our definitive tutorial on how to make the perfect boiled egg.

Boiling an egg for 6 Minutes

When it comes to boiling an egg, the internet does love to complicate things: add vinegar, add a matchstick, only stir the water clockwise during a weekday with 7 letters…We’ve got a simpler approach. Just bring water to a boil, gently add your egg, and start the timer. It’s as easy as that!

At 6 minutes, the white is barely set and the yolk is smooth and runny.

A photo of a runny soft boiled egg that has been cooked for 6 minutes in a Quinn the Fox eggcup. A guide on how to boil an egg.

Boiling an egg for 7 Minutes

At 7 minutes, the white of the egg is soft-set and the yolks take on a custard consistency.

Personally, for us, this harmonious blend makes it the perfect candidate for dipping, as the warm, creamy yolk luxuriously coats the crisp edges of the toast soldiers.

A photo of a runny soft boiled egg that has been cooked for 7 minutes in a Quinn the Fox eggcup. A guide on how to boil an egg.

Boiling an egg for 8 to 9 Minutes

At 8 to 9 minutes, the whites of the boiled eggs are tenderly yielding, while the yolks are delightfully jammy with a creamy centre.

These eggs are still great for dipping, although some of the pleasure from watching the yolk spill playfully over the eggcup is diminished due to the firmer consistency. They are equally good sliced in half on top of a salad or mashed into a luxurious egg salad.

A photo of a creamy soft boiled egg that has been cooked for 8 to 9 minutes in a Quinn the Fox eggcup. A guide on how to boil an egg.

Boiling an egg for 10 to 12 Minutes

10 to 12 minutes for us is really the limit on how long to cook an egg. Anything longer than this, and the whites are rubbery and the yolks are dry.

At 10 to 12 minutes, the yolks are firm, and they are fully cooked by this point. You probably can’t dip toast soldiers in them anymore, but they offer a satisfying bite, particularly when eaten as they are or sliced in a sandwich.

A photo of a hard boiled egg that has been cooked for 10 to 12 minutes in a Quinn the Fox eggcup. A guide on how to boil an egg.

How do you like your soft boiled eggs?

Whether you prefer your eggs runny or on the firm side, achieving the perfect soft boiled egg is something that deserves to be celebrated. What better way to turn your breakfast spread into a special occasion than with a beautifully crafted eggcup? Our ‘Storm Surge’ egg cups, hand-decorated in Stoke-On-Trent with real gold on fine bone china, are designed to elevate the humble soft-boiled egg to the centrepiece of your meal. Invest in our exquisite eggcups today and make every morning a luxurious delight.

But that’s not all! If you’re interested in different ways to use your eggcups, make sure you check out our blog on alternative uses for eggcups.

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