boiled eggs

boiled eggsHarry Weir

Getting this right can be tricky. In fact, the trick is not to boil the eggs at all.


  1. Place the eggs in a saucepan and add enough water to cover them by about 2 inches. Warm the saucepan and its contents to medium-high heat. When the water reaches simmering point, start the timer. It is important to maintain the temperature at a simmer.
  2. For soft eggs – the white is solid and the yolk is runny – cook for 2 minutes. For medium eggs – the yolk is firm but still a bright orange/yellow colour – cook for 4 minutes. For hard eggs – the yolk is completely solid – cook for 6 minutes. Serve immediately. 

Tip: I always use free range eggs – the flavour is better and the colour is better

Recipe credit: Andrew Rudd

Photography credit: Harry Weir