How to Boil the Perfect Eggs

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With the approaching Easter holiday, you can expect to be boiling a lot of eggs, whether you're coloring them with the kids or just boiling a batch to serve for brunch, lunch or the holiday dinner. But when it comes to boiling eggs, do you find you're never quite sure when they're done? Do you get soft-boiled when you wanted hard-boiled or vice versa? Do your yolks get that green ring (a sign they've been overcooked)? Food Network is here to help you in the egg department, making sure that boiling eggs is the least of your worries during the holiday — after all, there's the whole family to contend with.

Hard-Boiled Eggs

The easiest method for hard-boiling eggs is to not actually boil them for the entire duration. All you do is bring your pot of eggs, topped with water, to a boil, then cover with a lid and turn off the heat. Let them stand for 10 to 15 minutes. After that, transfer the eggs to a bowl of cold water, and once they have cooled, you can go ahead and peel them. You will never see a green ring around the yolk.

Soft-Boiled Eggs

For soft-boiled eggs, you want to bring the pot of water to the boil first, then carefully drop in the eggs and gently simmer for 3 to 4 minutes for the perfect runny yolk. Serve them warm immediately.

Watch the video below to see the methods.
Step-by-step photos

Eggs 101: Hard- & Soft-Boiled 01:47

Get foolproof techniques for perfect hard- and soft-boiled eggs every time.

For more holiday ideas and recipes, visit Food Network's Easter Central. How do you like to eat your eggs on Easter? Leave a comment.

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