Here Are The Exact Timings For Soft And Hard-Boiled Eggs

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Here Are The Exact Timings For Soft And Hard-Boiled Eggs

Having a soft-boiled egg for breakfast is the perfect way to start the day. Buttery soldiers dipped in all that golden yolk is the dream. Plus, hard-boiled eggs are so versatile and delicious, we use them for all sorts of things, like egg salad sandwiches and these adorable BLT Egglets.

But it’s much easier than you’d think to accidentally undercook or overcook your eggs. So knowing how long to boil your eggs is very, VERY important.

How long does it take to boil an egg?

Depending on whether you want a hard-boiled egg or a soft-boiled egg, you need to adjust how long you boil your eggs for.

How long does it take to soft-boil an egg?

Now then, if you are looking for soft-boiled eggs, set your timer for 7 minutes exactly.

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Photo credit: Getty Images

How long does it take to hard-boil an egg?

If you want hard-boiled eggs, set your timer for 11 minutes.

We're serious when we say every second counts so don't neglect your eggs, whatever you do.

How to boil eggs

Now we have the timings all figured out, let’s go back to the basic method of boiling eggs, shall we?


  1. Place eggs in a large pot and cover with cold water (about 2.5-cm above). Place a saucepan over a high heat and bring to a boil. Instantly turn off heat and cover your saucepan. Let sit for 7 minutes for soft-boiled eggs and 11 minutes for hard-boiled eggs.

  2. Remove your eggs from the pan and dunk them into ice water. Peel and serve.

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