How Long Does It Take To Boil An Egg (And Why)?

How Long Does It Take To Boil An Egg (And Why)?

Exact Answer: 12 minutes

People who cook regularly will certainly know the basics to make a quick meal, yet nutritious and healthy. All one needs to know about cooking is to choose the right ingredients, the right cooking method, time and seasonings, and flavorings. Even if one knows all about cooking, it will never hurt to know a few more tips that can help to speed up the cooking and make it tastier the same.

There are hundreds of cuisines all over the world, and there are certain ingredients are used all over the world. Making a healthy meal can be really easy if one got the ingredients with the right amount of essential nutrients. Eggs, are one among them.

There are many ways to cook eggs and boiling is one of them. Normally, it takes about 10 to 12 minutes to boil them.

How Long Does It Take To Boil An Egg

How Long Does It Take To Boil An Egg?

Small7 minutes
Medium9 minutes
Large10 minutes
Extra-Large12 minutes

Considered as one of the easiest “superfoods” to make, eggs are loaded with an essential amount of nutrients. Nutrients are very rare in modern diet plans because fast foods are very much in trend right now. Eggs are practically one of the most nutritious foods and they contain vitamin A, B5, B12, B2, D, E, K, and B6. They also contain calcium, zinc. folate, phosphorus, and selenium. They also have calories, proteins, and even a decent amount of healthy fat.

Pastured and omega-3 enriched eggs are even better, as they have high levels of omega-3 fats and vitamin A, E. They contain all the nutrients the human body needs and are one of the best foods to eat if one wants to keep their stomach full for a long time. Though they are high in cholesterol, they don’t affect the cholesterol levels of the blood. They have Choline, which is one of the rarest nutrients that many people don’t even know existed.

They help in building cell membranes and eggs are also very helpful in reducing the risk of heart diseases. Eggs are full of proteins and vitamins that even help in maintaining the health of the eyes. Eating about 3 eggs per day is considered perfectly healthy. There are various ways to cook eggs and boiling eggs is considered to be the healthiest method.

Why Does It Take That Long To Boil An Egg?

Though it just takes about 4 to 5 minutes to sthe eggs, eggs must be fully boiled for at least 10 to 12 minutes to be fully cooked. The boiling time of eggs can be based on the size of the eggs, with or without the shells, and even the vessel used to boil the eggs. Eggs can be soft boiled without shells and hard-boiled with the shells, and even medium cook eggs.

It takes about 3 minutes to boil a medium-sized egg, 4 minutes for a large one, and 5 minutes for an extra-large one. To medium cook the eggs, it takes about 4 minutes to cook a medium one, 5 minutes for a large egg, and 6 minutes to boil an extra-large one. To hard boil eggs, it takes about 7 minutes to boil a medium one, 8 minutes to boil the large one, and 9 minutes for an extra-large one.

On average, every egg must be boiled for at least 7 to 12 minutes to be fully cooked. It is better to boil the eggs in water and put in some salt. When the eggs are perfectly cooked, the center yoke will be opaque and yellow in color. Although, if the eggs are overcooked, the yokes will be green grayish color.


First, place some eggs in the bottom of a saucepan, preferably large or medium pans. After that, fill the pan with at least 2 inches of water. Place the pan at a high temperature and boil it. Then remove the pan from the heat after letting the water boil. Fish out the eggs and place them in an ice bath or a vessel filled with cold water. Let the eggs cool off and peel off the shells.

Many recipes can be really made tasty with boiled eggs. Eggs can be eaten as breakfast, with lunch and dinner. They can also be had as a snack and they are easy to carry around.



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