How To Tell If An Egg Is Boiled: 3 Foolproof Methods

In this article, I’ll help you learn how to tell if an egg is boiled and ready to eat. This is important because giving your toddler raw eggs can make them sick!

The first step in the process of boiling an egg is getting a pot of water going. If you use a smaller pot, the water reaches boiling point more quickly.

Place the eggs into the pan of boiling water and start timing for exactly 4 minutes. If you make soft-boiled eggs, you will want to lower the heat and leave them in the water for an additional 1 to 2 minutes.

However, if you want hard-boiled eggs, remove them from the heat as soon as 4 minutes is up because leaving them in any longer can make them rubbery or cracked!

Now that your egg(s) is/are done, let it (them) cool down for about 15 to 20 minutes so that it is safe for your child to eat it without burning his or her mouth.


How To Tell If An Egg Is Boiled?

There are a few different methods you can use to tell if an egg is boiled:

1. Give It A Spin

One way to tell if an egg is boiled is to get a bowl of cool water and place the egg in it. If the egg spins along the bottom of the bowl, it’s not hard-boiled. If it doesn’t move or spin on just one end, it’s hard-boiled (so long as you didn’t over-boil it).

2. Tap It On The Counter

Another way to tell if an egg is boiled is to give the egg a quick tap on the countertop or other flat surfaces.

If you hear a clear ring sound from within, your eggs are good to go! However, if there is no ring sound, you have some troubles ahead.

3. Crack It Open

The best way to check if an egg is done boiling (hard-boiled) is to crack it open and observe. If the shell is hard, the egg is ready.

If the yolk isn’t quite done yet, then you can leave the egg in the pan of hot water for 1-2 more minutes or simply crack it open; all your child needs to do is gently try to remove it from the shell (and eat) without breaking it.

How To Tell If An Egg Is Boiled
How To Tell If An Egg Is Boiled

How Long Does It Take To Boil Eggs?

Eggs take 4 minutes of boiling in water at a simmer on average on low heat. The amount of time you boil the egg determines whether they are hard-boiled or soft-boiled.

You can leave the eggs in hot water for 1 or 2 minutes longer if you like your eggs slightly softer. However, be careful not to over-boil them because they can become rubbery or cracked!


There you have it! Now you know how to tell if an egg is hard-boiled or not and how long it takes to boil an egg.

You can now safely give your kid boiled eggs or egg-salad sandwiches with satisfying confidence that they are safe to eat!

My name is Naznin Aktar. I'm a healthy and active person. I believe in eating healthy, staying active, and getting all the rest my body needs. I also like to try new recipes, especially when they are delicious, so those are my recipes... Hope you like it! Thank you for your time!
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