How to Boil the Perfect 5 minute Egg

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Who would think boiling an egg could be so intimidating? A lot of people, including myself, can easily mess it up!! The dreaded green ring is a real thing…really it is! Check out my Deviled Egg post for an example of the dreaded green ring!

I’d say my eggs come out perfect about 60 percent of the time. And as much as I cook you’d think that’s a pretty bad average. But I’m here to tell you…it’s just not that easy!!!

raw eggs just starting to boil in a pot on the stove

 1-5-10 method

Step by step, How to Boil the Perfect 5 minute Egg:

  • Place the eggs in an empty stainless steel pot and fill cool tap water to just cover the tops of the eggs.
  • Shake a little salt, I use Iodized Fine Sea Salt in the water…maybe 3 to 4 shakes. (I’m really not sure if this is necessary but my sweet mama taught me to do that so I do:)
  • Turn the heat to medium high and wait for it to boil. This is critical so stay close and make sure you notice when it starts to boil. (this is actually where I fail…I don’t pay attention!)


boiling eggs in a pot on the stove

Number 1 in 1-5-10 method

  • Let it boil rapidly for 1 minute. 
  • After the minute is up, cover the pan with a lid and take off the heat.

Number 5 in the 1-5-10 method

  • The next critical step is letting the eggs sit for 5 minutes or until the desired doneness. The longer you let the eggs sit in the hot water the more done they will be. 

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