It takes between 3 1/2 and 10 minutes to boil an egg. The time it takes depends on the egg's size and how firm the person wants the egg to be.
For making a soft-boiled egg that is of medium size, it takes around 3 1/2 minutes if gently boiling water is used. If the egg is large, it takes around 4 minutes. A perfectly made soft-boiled egg will have runny yolk with white that is just set. For making a medium-boiled egg with a slightly firm yolk and firm white, boil the egg for another one minute irrespective of its size. To make a hard-boiled egg with firm yolk and white, it takes around 7 to 10 minutes. The longer the egg is boiled, the firmer it will be.Learn More
A soft-boiled duck egg should cook for six to seven minutes, resulting in a slightly runny yolk. A hard-boiled duck egg should cook for nine minutes.Full Answer >
To make a hard-boiled egg, the American Egg Board suggests placing one or more eggs into a pot of cold water, then bringing the water to a boil. As soon as the water boils, the heat can be turned off and the eggs allowed to sit in the hot water.Full Answer >
Cracking eggs on a flat surface rather than the edge of a bowl helps to keep egg shells out of the bowl. If pieces of eggshell end up in the bowl anyway, using your finger to remove the egg shell is unhygienic, and using a spoon is often difficult.Full Answer >
Using a timer to track cooking time is the best way to ensure that hard-boiled eggs are done. Hard-boil eggs can be cooked using multiple techniques, but all techniques lead to a cooking time of about 10 to 12 minutes in a pot of boiling water.Full Answer >