Crack the code on perfect hard-boiled, scrambled and over easy eggs with our latest in-depth Foodie FAQs. Along with pro cooking tips, these frequently asked questions also cover fun facts and useful how-to’s you can use at home!
How do you hard boil eggs? Put cold eggs in a pot with cold water. Bring to a gentle simmer, then remove from heat and cover. After 8 minutes, remove eggs and place them in an ice bath (this will help prevent them from turning green).
Is there an easy way to peel them? Wait about 10 minutes after cooking the eggs, then crack the shell all over and peel under running water or in a bowl of water.
I boiled some eggs and forgot which ones… What do I do? Play spin the egg! Spin an egg on a flat surface then very briefly stop it with your hand. If the egg continues to spin after you’ve removed your hand, it’s raw (the centrifugal force from the liquid inside keeps it spinning). If it stops spinning, it’s hard-boiled.
How can I tell how fresh an egg is? Do the float test! Put an egg in a bowl of cold water. If it sinks, it’s fresh. If it tilts up slightly, it’s older but still edible. If it floats, throw it out!
Any tips for scrambling? Whip eggs until completely liquid and cook until just set. You can also add fat such as milk, cream, half and half or sour cream in the whipping stage to add extra creaminess. Use a nonstick pan with rubber or wooden utensils to avoid scratching.
What about frying? When frying eggs, use butter instead of oil to avoid splattering.
- For Sunny Side Up, cook until the egg white is almost set, then add a teaspoon of water, cover and steam for 15-20 seconds.
- For Over Easy, cook until white is almost set, then flip and cook 10-15 seconds for a runny yolk.
- For Over Medium, cook slightly longer to achieve a creamy yolk.
- For Over Hard, cook until yolk is completely solid. Optional: crack the yolk before flipping so it spreads after you flip it.
What’s the best way to separate eggs? Crack an egg on a flat surface, then pour it either into half of the shell or your hand, catching the yolk and allowing the white to fall into a bowl below.
Now that we’ve got the “how” down, want to learn why eggs are so eggstraordinary? Check out our Health Notes by Dr. Liz!