Whether you’re making snacks or boiling an egg to throw in a bowl of ramen, there’s an art to getting it right.
1. Fill a small saucepan ¾ full with water and bring to a boil.
2. Using a spoon, gently slide in the egg and set your timer:
For a soft-boiled egg with set whites and a liquid yolk, set for 6 minutes. This is what you want for ramen or eggs and soldiers.
For a perfectly hard-boiled egg with a slightly soft center, set for 9 minutes. This is what you want for salad Niçoise.
For a completely cooked-through yolk, set for 10 minutes. This is what you want for egg salad, a snack, or deviled eggs.
3. Keep an eye on the water while the egg cooks, and try to maintain a soft boil.
4. When the timer goes off, remove the egg to an ice water bath for 1 minute to stop the cooking.
5. Crack, peel, and enjoy.
Originally featured in How to...Cook an Egg