How to not boil an egg

You wouldn’t believe the difficulty we’ve had boiling eggs. There was this set of instructions we liked on the internets, but we neglected to print it out and now the site is gone. Just about everywhere insists that the way to do it is:

  1. Put the eggs in a saucepan in cold water
  2. Bring the water to a rolling boil
  3. Take off heat, cover, and let sit for twelve minutes.
  4. Chill the eggs in ice water

This resulted in about a dozen not-particularly boiled eggs. The technique is far more fiddly than you might think depending on the size of the sauce pan, the material your sauce pan is made of, whether or not Mercury is in retrograde, etc.

Here’s the one that works for us:

  1. Put the eggs in a saucepan in cold water
  2. Bring the water to a rolling boil
  3. Reduce heat to a bare simmer for 12 minutes
  4. Chill the eggs in ice water

Image Credits: Thudfactor / John Williams