How to Cook the Perfect 8.5 Minute Egg

The other night I was at a loss for what to make for dinner. As I’m walking home from work my friend asked “what’s in your fridge — I love this game!?” I took a mental inventory — some homemade panettone that my mother made for Christmas, the last remaining eggs from a local farm that were a gift from a friend, some leftover rice and carrots. Hmmm — not very inspirational. Nothing screamed dinner to me, but she suggested making breakfast for dinner with her favorite 8.5 minute egg technique that will produce something between a hard-boiled and soft-boiled egg — a little bit gooey {just how I like them}, but still firm. Add a little salt and pepper and you have the perfect 8.5 minute egg. And dinner.

As someone who loves eggs, this preparation completely changed my life {dramatic, I know!} But I love nothing more than showcasing the lovely golden yolk that is the product of a well-raised hen. In my book, that previously only involved making the perfect sunnyside up egg — hard boil, scramble, omelet it and you lose the gooey yolk that I love so much. So if you’re looking for a little egg inspiration for breakfast, lunch or dinner, give the 8.5 minute egg technique a try — it won’t disappoint.

How to Cook the Perfect 8.5 Minute Egg

1-2 Eggs per person
Salt and pepper

1. Bring enough water to boil that will cover the eggs {but don’t add to the pot yet}.
2. When the water is at a rolling boil, gently place the eggs into the boiling water and cook for EXACTLY 8.5 minutes.
3. After 8.5 minutes, run cold water over eggs to stop the cooking process.
4. Once cool, peel the shell off each egg, cut in half in a bowl or plate to showcase the golden center, sprinkle with salt and pepper and enjoy!

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9 responses to “How to Cook the Perfect 8.5 Minute Egg

  1. Yum! I always have eggs in the fridge, so I, too, will be having an 8.5 minute egg for dinner!

  2. Kerri

    1) HOMEMADE panettone? *jealous*
    2) I can’t wait to try this method. Those pictures reveal my very favorite way to eat an egg!
    Happy New Year friend! xo

  3. Those eggs look like perfection, just the way I want them. It’s always a guessing game with me and boiling eggs so I will definitely be trying this method, (maybe even tonight) and hopefully it works out for me.
    Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  4. Nataly

    when i boil the egg should i put a lid on?

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