How To Boil The Perfect Egg

From family traditions to top tips from TV chefs, everyone seems to have a favourite way to boil eggs. How many of these have you heard before and tried in vain?

Have you ever tried to cook a perfect soft-boiled egg, with a gooey golden centre? Easier said than done, isn’t it? It’s such a simple task, yet so hard to get exactly right every time.

Boil it a little too long and you have a depressingly dry, crumbly yolk. Not long enough and you’re left with half-cooked egg white that’s still runny. And because you can’t see through the shell, you can only judge the end result once you’ve peeled it, when there’s no going back.

Boiling an egg should be as simple – and predictable – as making toast

From family traditions to top tips from TV chefs, everyone seems to have a favourite way to boil eggs. How many of these have you heard before and tried in vain?

Add the eggs to cold water and then boil.
Only add the eggs once the water is boiling!
Always put the eggs in ice water immediately after boiling.
It’s 4 minutes exactly for a soft-boiled egg. Or maybe 5?
Switch methods depending on whether the eggs are fresh or old.
Remember to peel from the bottom of the egg!

Everyone has an answer, don’t they?

Even with all the good advice out there, there’s usually a lot of luck involved, because what worked last time doesn’t always work next time. But boiling an egg should be just as quick and easy as popping two slices of bread in the toaster.

It can be, with an ingenious little helper that lets you skip the guesswork.

The Cusinart Egg Cooker is the answer to that elusive perfectly boiled egg. This electric egg boiler actually steams the eggs, making sure they’re gently cooked to just the right temperature to achieve the consistency you prefer. And because you can fill the water to the exact level you want, you’ll get eggs cooked exactly the way you like them, every time.

Fill the little measuring cup with the amount of water needed to boil up to 10 jumbo eggs at a time. Add less water for soft-boiled eggs and more for hard-boiled. Pop the lid open, pierce the fat bottom of each egg with the egg piercer at the bottom of the measuring jug, place the eggs in the tray, flick the switch and get ready for boiled eggs just the way you like them.

Stress-free cooking at its best, while also taking up almost no space on your countertop.

Even if you do choose to keep it up to, this stainless steel gadget will go nicely with your toaster, kettle and coffee machine. There are lots of cheaper plastic alternatives out there but this is premium quality cookware at an affordable price.

Now that you have beautifully boiled those eggs, how about a great potato salad that you will make time and time again? It is that good.

How To Boil The Perfect Egg | Cooking Clue

Tangy potato salad

Now that you have beautifully boiled those eggs, how about a great potato salad that you will make time and time again? It is that good.
Servings 4
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 500 g baby potatoes unpeeled
  • 2 hard-boiled eggs
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 1 gherkin finely chopped
  • 3 spring onions finely sliced
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Cook potatoes in a large saucepan of boiling, salted water for 15 minutes or until tender.
  • Drain. Cool. Peel and cut to preferred size.
  • Transfer warm potatoes to a large bowl.
  • Combine mayonnaise and vinegar in a bowl. Add to potato mixture.
  • Season with salt and pepper. Toss to combine.
  • Add gherkins and spring onions and combine with potato mix
  • Serve topped with quartered hard-boiled eggs


You could also fry some bacon rashers to crumble through the potato salad and to sprinkle on top.
Course: Sides
Keyword: eggs, potato, salad, sides

Cuisinart Egg Central Egg Cooker

Perfectly Cooked

Automatically boils eggs to your preferred level: soft, medium or hard

Up To 10 Eggs

Get everyone’s breakfast ready at the same time or prepare for the week ahead

More Options

Use removable trays to poach eggs or make omelettes just as quickly and easily

Cuisinart Measuring Cup Beaker Levels

Soft Boiled

50-60ml of water

Medium Boiled

90-110ml of water

Hard Boiled

160-170ml of water

Peeling eggs is usually tricky but it’s definitely easier with the Cuisinart Egg Cooker than when boiling the eggs in water the old way. And what a relief not to have to worry about the disappointment of seeing an overcooked or undercooked egg on the inside, when it’s too late!

Once you’ve welcomed the wonderful little kitchen helper to your home, you can comfortably start to include boiled eggs in the meals you enjoy so much, including:

Soft-boiled eggs and toast soldiers. Make your dippers really special by grilling the bread with some grated cheese to make mini cheese toasties. Or use some asparagus spears wrapped in ham, lightly grilled for a few minutes. What about crispy bacon spears or halloumi spears?

Hard-boiled eggs for lunchboxes and picnics always go down well, especially since they come with their own built in containers. Try toasted sourdough with mashed avocado, sliced boiled egg and a sprinkling of za’atar or paprika or cayenne pepper or sliced chilli. 

A delicious and satisfying kedgeree, with quartered hard-boiled eggs or a meal of curried eggs or scotch eggs.

We can’t talk about boiled eggs without remembering the all-time favourite: an egg salad, potato salad or tuna salad with boiled eggs. 

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Cuisinart Egg Central Cooker

Now boiling eggs can be as easy as making toast!

Manufactured to the same Cuisinart standards we've come to expect from their bigger kitchen appliances, the Egg Central egg boiler can tackle up to 10 jumbo eggs at once, cooked just the way you like it, every time.

03/07/2024 11:46 pm GMT

Did you know?

Eggs are really healthy for you! An egg contains high protein, good fats and small amounts of almost every vitamin and mineral required by the human body, including calcium, iron, potassium, zinc, manganese, vitamin E, folate.

So go on, get cracking!

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