Are you an egg lover? If yes, then you’ve probably tried all kinds of different recipes — scrambled eggs, omelets, and, of course, the classic boiled eggs. However, since we’re constantly on the go, we don’t always have access to a stove. Trust me — I have had occasions where I had to prepare a meal in fifteen minutes with no stove around, and that’s not easy.

However, I found that if you own an electric kettle, you have everything you need to prepare delicious boiled eggs. That’s why I’m going to teach you how to boil eggs in an electric kettle.

Aren’t Electric Kettles Just for Tea/Coffee?

The short answer is no! Of course, the primary purpose of electric kettles is to heat water for coffee, tea, and other beverages, but nobody said you couldn’t use them for cooking.

If you’re a busy university student and share a kitchen with roommates or want to enjoy a boiled egg (or three) at work, you can do that using an electric kettle. Just make sure it doesn’t have any exposed coils at the bottom because they will burn and crack the eggs and cause a huge mess.

Soft-Boiling Eggs in an Electric Kettle

Here, I have compiled a few easy steps to make the most scrumptious soft-boiled eggs.

Step 1: Put the Eggs in the Electric Kettle

Grab a few eggs and carefully place them in the kettle. Don’t put too many, though, or you risk them not cooking properly. About three to five eggs (depending on their size) should be fine per load.

Step 2: Pour in Some Water

Carefully pour some cold water into the kettle until you’ve covered the eggs completely. It’s a good idea to leave about an inch of water above the eggs so that they can move around freely.

On a side note, that’s how you check if your eggs are safe to eat or not. If they are fresh, they should all sink to the bottom of the kettle when you pour the water in. Should any of them float, throw it away; it’s spoiled.

Step 3: Boil the Eggs

Turn your electric kettle on and let the water come to a boil. Once that’s done, start timing your eggs. About five minutes is perfect for a runny yolk. However, if you prefer a bit firmer yet still spoonable yolk, leave the eggs for six to seven minutes.

Once the eggs are ready, use kitchen tongs to move them to a bowl with cold water. That step is essential because it stops the cooking process.

Step 4: Enjoy Your Soft-Boiled Eggs

Once cooled, your eggs are ready to eat. Slice them on top of a toast or eat them as is, the choice is yours!

Hard-Boiling Eggs in an Electric Kettle

If you’re a fan of hard-boiled eggs, don’t worry; you can make them in your electric kettle too.

Step 1: Put the Eggs in the Electric Kettle

Place your eggs in the kettle, and be careful not to crack them. It may be easier to use a pair of kitchen tongs to save yourself both time and effort.

Step 2: Pour in Some Water

Cover the eggs with cold water, leaving an inch above them to ensure they can move around while cooking.

Step 3: Boil the Eggs

Wait for the water to start boiling, then begin timing your eggs. Leave them for seven to eight minutes for a nice, firm result and up to ten minutes if you like the yolk extra hard.

However, don’t let them boil for more than ten minutes. When you overboil an egg, the yolk becomes a sickly shade of green. That’s neither pleasant nor delicious! The sulfur and iron compounds that react on the surface of the yolk cause this change in color. While the overboiled eggs are still safe to eat, they tend to be rubbery and tasteless. Therefore, be careful with the timing.

Step 4: Enjoy Your Hard-Boiled Eggs

Cool your eggs and enjoy them in a salad, sandwich, or whatever you please!

I know that boiling eggs in an electric kettle may seem strange at first. I was skeptical too. But then I tried it and was amazed at how easy and convenient it was.

Once you get used to boiling eggs that way, you’ll be able to quickly and efficiently prepare a meal on the go. That’s particularly vital for people who don’t have much free time and need functionality. If that person is you, now you have a trick up your sleeve.

In Summary

Boiled eggs are nutritious, filling, and downright delicious! They are an excellent snack on their own and amazingly tasty when added to different meals. However, it’s not always possible to prepare them in your kitchen. Fortunately, your handy electric kettle can save the day! I have boiled so many eggs that way, and trust me — nobody ever noticed a difference!

Follow the steps I’ve outlined, and you’ll be amazed at how easily you’ll end up with restaurant-quality boiled eggs. Obviously, every electric kettle is different, so it will take a few under- or overcooked eggs to get the hang of it. However, once you do that, it will be a piece of cake to make yourself your favorite protein afternoon snack. Now that you know how to boil eggs in an electric kettle, bon appétit!

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