Mile-High Boiled Eggs

Mile-High Boiled Eggs

Charlie and I did an experiment (in mile-high Albuquerque) boiling eggs for various lengths of time to find exactly what we like. These eggs are just right for us. The hard boiled version is done in the center but not overdone. The soft boiled eggs are the perfect amount of runniness for us. If you are at a different altitude, this might not be the right timing for you.
We have an INDUCTION cooktop so our water comes to a boil quickly, about 3 minutes. If your stove takes longer to come to a boil, you can experiment but you might want to time slightly less than the minutes given in the instructions. In any case, timing will start at full boil.
Also, these instructions are for medium large eggs. Smaller eggs might require less time.
Course Main Course, Side Dish, Snack


  • medium/large eggs
  • enough water to cover the eggs


  • Fill a pan with hot tap water, enough to cover your eggs.
  • Put the eggs into the water.
  • Turn heat on high and bring the water to a boil.
  • Have a timer ready. For hard boiled eggs, set timer to 9-1/2 minutes. For soft boiled eggs, set timer to 7 minutes. But don't start the timer yet.
  • When the water comes to a full boil, start timer. You can turn down the heat but leave it hot enough to maintain a full boil.
  • If you are making hard boiled eggs, while the eggs are boiling, prepare a large bowl of ice water.
  • When timer goes off, remove the pan from heat.
  • For hard boiled eggs, immediately put them into the ice water to cool them off. A slotted spoon helps for this. Once they have cooled, refrigerate the eggs you don't eat right away.
  • For soft boiled eggs, put them in egg cups and serve and eat immediately.

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