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A Simple Boiled Egg

  • Makes 4 eggs

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  • 4 whole eggs
  • Salt
  • Cracked black pepper

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Recipe by Yewande Komolafe

Reprinted from Waffles + Mochi: The Cookbook. Available everywhere books are sold November 2021.

Eggs are quite the ingredient shape shifters, with so many different ways to prepare them. An egg can morph from runny to jammy to hard-set, all with boiling water!

The beauty of a boiled egg is in its simplicity. Peel off the shell, cut it open, and sprinkle it with salt for a quick protein snack. You can stir soft boiled eggs into soups for a creamy finish, or slice a hard-boiled egg over a grain salad—the possibilities are endless! 



Bring a medium-sized pot of water over medium heat to a gentle simmer. You should see steam and medium-sized bubbles rising to the surface of the water. Using a slotted spoon, gently lower the eggs into the pot one at a time.


How do you want your eggs? It’s up to you! Check out the chart below for cooking times, which range from 6 to 15 minutes. Don’t forget to set your timer! Listen for it to chime, and once it does, use a slotted spoon to transfer the eggs to a bowl.

Eggs are DINO-mite! Many of the ones we eat come from domesticated chickens. And many scientists say that no bird is more closely related to dinosaurs than chickens.


Run the eggs under cold tap water to stop them from cooking. Once cool to the touch, gently crack the shell on all sides by tapping the egg on a hard surface. Peel off the shell (for soft-boiled eggs, use the back of a spoon to gently tap on the shell and remove it).

Egg-cellent Varieties

The Soft-Boiled Egg

Time: 5 minutes

Texture: Soft and runny

Great for: Soup, ramen, pasta, porridge

The Boiled Egg

Time: 9 minutes

Texture: Set enough to slice—firm white and bright yellow yolk

Great for: Toast, salad, on its own, pickling, dying with vegetable-based food dye

The Jammy Egg

Time: 7 minutes

Texture: Cooked egg white and semi-solid yolk

Great for: Toast, grain salad bowls, on its own

The Hard-Boiled Egg

Time: 11-15 minutes

Texture: Firmly set white and yolk

Great for: Chopping into salad, crushed into dressings

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