how to boil eggs for perfect bento box lunches every time
Avocado toast with a soft boiled egg has to be the best quick breakfast ever.
And pop a few extra into the pot and you've got a few hard boiled eggs for a quick pop of protein in salads and sandwiches throughout the week.
Whether you need a good ounce of protein to toss in a salad, or sandwich, or just to tuck in a bento all on its own, knowing how to boil the perfect egg is a good skill to have.
We admit, we've adopted a few different methods over the years. After a little experimenting we think we've hit upon the best method.
- 8 Large or Extra Large eggs
- Sea salt
- Ice cubes
- Set a medium sauce pan filled with water to boil.
- When water is boiled add 1 tablespoon of salt.
- Drop in 1/4 teaspoon of your favorite vinegar into the boiling water, using 1 tablespoon for a stronger flavored egg.
- Stir and add eggs, one at a time with a large spoon, letting each egg settle slowly.
- Simmer and set timer for 5 minutes for soft boiled eggs, and 10 minutes for hard boiled eggs, stirring regularly, keeping watch to not over simmer.
- For soft boiled eggs, when the timer is done, rinse in ice water for a few seconds, and stand egg in an egg stand.
- For hard boiled eggs, when the timer is done, scoop eggs out and settle in bowl of ice cubes and water for one minute.
- Scoop eggs out and return to boiling water for one minute.
- Scoop eggs out again and return to the iced water. Let them rest until ice is melted; rinse, dry, and reserve in the refrigerator.
This method will yield a slightly underdone yolk, a firm egg white, and no unsightly green ring of iron that deposits around the yolk as a result of cooking at too high a temperature, and for too long.