How Do You Know When Boiled Eggs Are Done?
How Do You Know When Boiled Eggs Are Done?

There are some rules for boiling eggs, depending on the final result you want to achieve – soft, medium, or hard-boiled eggs. How do you know when boiled eggs are done? Is measuring time the only way to track the boiling of eggs or are they other options? Do boiled eggs float when they are done or do they sink? Let’s find out.

Boiled eggs are favorite breakfast food and ingredient for many salads, sandwiches, pasta, and other dishes people enjoy. When boiling eggs sometimes can be difficult to tell if an egg is boiled or is it raw, as its shell looks exactly the same. If you had accidents with raw eggs for which you thought were boiled, let us take you through a few simple steps on how to know when boiled eggs are done.

When you boil eggs you should never throw raw eggs into boiling water. Put raw eggs in a dish and pour cold water into it. That will prevent damaging eggs shells which always happens when cold eggs are put in the hot water. After the water boils, depending on how you want your eggs to be cooked, remove them from the heat. Leave eggs in hot water until it cools.

  • If you enjoy soft-boiled eggs remove eggs from the water after two minutes. Cool eggs under running water after you take them out, so they do not continue to cook. Your yolk will be runny as you like it.
  • If you want medium-boiled eggs, remove them from the hot water after 4 ½ minutes. The yolk should be solid, but moist, not dry like in hard-boiled eggs.
  • If you prefer hard-boiled eggs remove them from the hot water after 8 minutes. The yolk will be solid, dry, and crumbly. If you leave eggs in hot water for more than 8 minutes, they could be overdone (you’ll recognize eggs are over-done when they have a green layer over the yolk.

Do boiled eggs float when they’re done?

No, the fact that eggs are floating or sinking doesn’t have anything with the boiling process, but with the freshness of the eggs. Old eggs tend to float – no matter are they raw or boiled, while fresh eggs tend to sink on the bottom of the water – also no matter is raw or boiled.

Different stages of boiled eggs
Different stages of boiled eggs (shutterstock.com)

Eggs contain egg white, egg yolk, and gases. When an egg is fresh its content has greater density than the water. With time, the amount of gas disappears and the density of the eggs decreases. That’s why old eggs float and fresh eggs sink in the water.

How to tell if eggs are boiled?

If you can’t figure out if the eggs are boiled, do a simple trick. Set the egg on the counter and give it a little spin. When the egg is spinning put your finger on it, in order to stop the spinning. Eggs that are boiled will spin easily and quickly. When you put your finger on them, they will stop rapidly. Raw eggs won’t spin with ease, and they will have a somehow winding path.