Eggs 101

Learn the basics of eight easy ways to cook eggs

By Jane RodmellJane Rodmell

Eggs are an easy and versatile food that can be served at any meal. There are hundreds of ways to cook eggs—we’ve picked out the basics that everyone should know.

A good general rule, with only a few exceptions, is to cook eggs over medium-low heat, and do not overcook.

 

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Hard-boiled eggs

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Very fresh eggs do not peel easily when hard-boiled: The shell sticks to the membrane, so when you peel the shell, bits of the white come away too. It’s better to use less-fresh eggs in this case. Put eggs in a pan, covered with at least an inch of water. Bring to a gentle boil over medium heat. After one minute, turn off the heat, cover the pan, and let stand for 6-10 minutes. At 6 minutes the yolk will be still moist; at 10 minutes both the yolk and white will be solid yet tender. Immerse hard-boiled eggs in ice-cold water immediately to prevent a dark ring forming around the yolk. Gently crack the shell all over and peel under running water.


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