How to boil an egg

Even the most experienced cook can sometimes wonder exactly how to boil an egg. I know I did! So what better approach than to ask all my Facebook friends how they do it – always a good learning experience. Well there was quite a variation in the answers, so I had to try a few out and the recipe here was the one that worked the best. Believe me I have had a lot of boiled egg disasters in my life.

Boiled eggs are one of life’s simplest pleasures. Cracking the top off a softly boiled egg and dipping some buttery toast in it is a great start to any weekend. In fact when my boy was little he had them every day before school and is now a brick-built rugby player, obviously as a direct result…

They are referred to by my family as “E for B”. Eggs for breakfast!

Prep time:
Cook time: 5 mins
Servings: 1
Servings: 1


  • 2 very fresh large organic free-range eggs
  • water


Place the eggs in a small saucepan with cold water.

Bring the water to the boil (with the eggs in the saucepan).

When the water starts to boil set a timer for 2 minutes and 40 seconds for the eggs to boil.

Remove the perfectly soft-boiled eggs and enjoy with some sourdough toast and real butter.

And that’s it! How to boil an egg.

Nutrition Info


Eggs are little packages of nutrition. They provide vitamin A, vitamin D, all the B vitamins, folic acid, and are a rich source of selenium (for thyroid function) and iodine as well as many other minerals. They are an excellent source of choline which helps our cells and nerves to signal, as well as with healthy construction of the cell walls.

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The wise man puts all his eggs in one basket, then watches the basket.

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