Boiled Eggs for Breakfast: Tips, Tricks, and Delectable Recipes
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Boiled eggs are a breakfast staple cherished for their simplicity and versatility. They are the easiest to make and the simplest to eat. From vendors selling boiled eggs in trains to people carrying them for their picnics or travel journeys, the humble boiled egg is loved by everyone. Whether you prefer them soft, medium, or hard-boiled, there’s an art to achieving the perfect texture and flavour.

As simple as you think boiling an egg is, there is a method to this madness as well. Perfectly boiled eggs don’t just happen; you need to know a few tricks to make them happen. Today, let us first look at some pro tips to get your boiled eggs right and then head towards three creative and mouth-watering recipes that will take your boiled egg breakfast game to a whole new level.

6 Tips And Tricks For Boiling Eggs to Perfection

Recipe - Sanjeev Kapoor Khazana 

Select The Right Eggs: Begin by using eggs that are a week old. Fresher eggs are harder to peel due to their lower pH levels, while older eggs allow the egg white to separate more easily from the shell.

Room-Temperature Eggs: Before boiling, allow your eggs to come to room temperature. This prevents the eggs from cracking when they come into contact with the boiling water.

Gentle Boiling: Place your eggs in a single layer at the bottom of a saucepan. Cover them with cold water, ensuring there’s about an inch of water above the eggs. Start with medium heat until the water reaches a gentle boil. This prevents rapid temperature changes that could cause the eggs to crack.

Perfect Timing Means Desired Consistency: If you like your eggs soft-boiled, let them cook for less time, and increase it if you want them well done.

  • Soft-Boiled: 4-5 minutes for a runny yolk and slightly set white.
  • Medium-Boiled: 6-7 minutes for a yolk that’s slightly creamy yet firm.
  • Hard-Boiled: 9–12 minutes for a fully set yolk and white.

Ice Bath: Once your eggs are cooked to your preferred consistency, immediately transfer them to an ice water bath to stop the cooking process. This also helps with easy peeling.

Peeling with Care: To peel the eggs effortlessly, gently tap them on a hard surface to crack the shell, then roll them between your palms. Begin peeling from the larger end, where the air pocket is, for smoother peeling.

Three Recipes For A Creative Boiled Egg Breakfast

Here are three delicious recipes that use boiled eggs as their star ingredient. Make and enjoy these protein-rich breakfast options for a healthy start to your day.

Boiled Egg Sandwich:

Recipe - RecipeTin Eats

This humble sandwich is simple to make, comes together in 10 minutes, and is perfect for a filling, satisfying breakfast post-workout. The combination of carbs and protein in the dish starts muscle recovery.


  • 4 boiled eggs, peeled and roughly chopped
  •  ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon mustard sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Sliced bread or buns
  • Lettuce and tomato slices


  • In a bowl, mix chopped boiled eggs, mayonnaise, mustard sauce, salt, and pepper.
  • Spread the egg mixture on slices of bread or buns.
  • Layer with lettuce and tomato slices.
  • Assemble into sandwiches and enjoy a creamy, satisfying breakfast.

Egg Salad:

A light, healthy, and protein-filled breakfast option for those who like to have salads early in the morning. This dish comes together quickly and can be your saviour on a busy morning.


  •  6 boiled eggs, peeled and chopped
  • ¼ cup Greek yoghurt
  • 1 tablespoon mustard sauce
  • 1 finely chopped tomato
  • 1 finely chopped onion
  • Chopped coriander leaves
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • In a bowl, combine chopped boiled eggs, Greek yoghurt, mustard sauce, onion, tomato, salt, and pepper.
  • Mix well until the ingredients are evenly distributed.
  • Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.
  • Serve with multigrain toast or with crackers for a lovely egg salad.

Egg Curry:

If you like to start your day with something spicy, filling, and Indian to keep you full for a long time, egg curry comes to your rescue. Pair it with roti, phulka, poori, dosa, or idlis for a delicious breakfast treat.


  • 4 boiled eggs, peeled and fried
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, pureed
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon of ginger paste
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon of coriander powder
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ½ teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • Salt to taste
  • Chopped dhaniya for garnish
  • 2 teaspoons of oil


  • Heat oil in a pan and sauté chopped onions until golden brown.
  • Add minced garlic and ginger paste and sauté for a minute.
  • Stir in tomato puree, cumin powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, and salt. Cook until the oil separates.
  • Gently add the boiled and fried eggs and coat them with the gravy.
  • Pour in water to achieve the desired consistency, then cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Sprinkle garam masala and garnish with chopped dhaniya.