Boiled Eggs

Boiled Eggs

Freshly boiled hens egg

Freshly boiled hens egg

Quick info

  • Recipe difficulty - easy
  • Preparation time - 5 minutes
  • Cooking time - 4-10 minutes
  • Serves - 1
  • Dietary - Vegetarian Gluten free Dairy free
  • Allergens - eggs


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  • 1 medium free-range egg


  • Slotted spoon
  • Small saucepan with a thick bottom


Step 1

Put the kettle on to boil with enough water to fill the saucepan 3/4 full.

Step 2

Using a pin, pierce the wider blunt end of the egg. (This is optional and purely cosmetic, but it releases trapped air at that end of the egg keeping both ends rounded instead of one end being flat).

Step 3

Fill the pan with the water to almost 3/4 full and bring to a gentle bubble (simmer)

Step 4

Using the spoon, carefully lower the egg into the simmering water.

Step 5

As soon as the egg is in the water, start to time the cooking.

Step 6

Cooking times for medium sized eggs are as follows: 4 minutes for soft-boiled eggs. 6 minutes for 'mollet' eggs, with a yolk that is set around the edge but wet and thick inside. 10 minutes for hard-boiled eggs. Once cooked, cool hard boiled eggs straight away to stop them cooking any further.

Step 7

If you find a green/grey edge around the yolk after cooking, this means they have been cooked for too long.

Nutrition per serving portion (one medium egg)

Each portion provides on average

Energy 351kj 84kcal 4.2%

Fat 6.2g 9%

Saturates 1.8g 9%

Sugars 0.0g 0%

Salt 0.2g 3%

Food Value


Good Fats & Fatty Acids



Source of Protein

Eggs are a great source of protein, with one medium-sized egg providing on average 7.1 grams.

Vitamins and Minerals

Eggs are a good source of vitamins such as A, D, B12, B6 and B2 as well as minerals selenium and iodine.

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