Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Getting the hard boiled egg - Perfect

Do you know there's a technique in making hard boiled eggs? If you don't really care how it looks like, you can just dump the eggs in the pot and let it boil. Most of the time when you cook your hard boiled eggs this way, you will noticed that there is a grey ring around the yolk. That is if you did notice it lah.

But, if you want your hard boiled eggs to look nice, the yolk golden with no 'stain', I do have a way to do it...

  1. Place eggs in a pot with cold water covering the eggs at least 3 cm above.
  2. Bring the water to boil.
  3. Once the water boils, reduced heat to let the water simmer for 2 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat, cover the pot and let the eggs sit for another 10 minutes (longer for larger eggs)
  5. Remove the eggs gently and set them in a cold water (ice cold preferred).
  6. Once the eggs are not longer warm, you can remove them and start peeling.

  • Do not let the eggs boil in water for too long as it will crack and the whites will leak out. Not very nice right?
  • If you are using refrigerated eggs, bring them out at least 5 minutes before boiling to prevent cracking.
  • The cold water stops the cooking process thus helps avoid the grey ring around the yolk
  • The difference in the temperature will also help makes peeling easier.


  1. Yeah, my eggs always have the grey ring! The one in ur pic looks just nice! Moist, and orangy! YUM. my yolks always ended up too dry! thanks for sharing :D

  2. I find that if you overboil eggs, you can also smell a bad sulfurous pong. Which is a really bad idea!

  3. Jane,
    Try this trick then. I think you will love the outcome!

    Oh yes! I hate that smell too! Makes me lose my appetite.

  4. Thanks for the tips! I will be sure to check out more of your site soon!