Eggs 101- How to Boil an Egg & more!

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We are huge fans of the humble egg at Cook For Your Life- it’s easy to cook, cheap and high in nutrients such as protein, vitamin D and iron. It is often taken for granted that most people know how to boil an egg; however as anyone who has ever eaten a bad egg will tell you, there can be a knack to it! Here are our favorite ways of cooking this egg-cellent staple.

Boiled Eggs

Boiled eggs are a great nutritious snack to have between meals for an additional protein boost. Boiled eggs should always be well cooked to avoid contact with harmful bacteria, but especially during cancer treatment, when the immune system is compromised.

To hard boil an egg, take the eggs from the fridge and put them in a pan. Cover them with cold water & add a pinch of salt. Bring the eggs to a rolling boil over a medium-high flame. Cover, turn the heat down to medium and cook for 6 minutes.

Run cold water over the eggs until the water in the pan is cold. Leave the eggs to sit in the cold water until completely cooled. Store in the fridge to use as needed for 3-4 days.

Poached eggs

Poached eggs are delicious with toast for an easy breakfast, or as part of a salad. Again, if you are going through cancer treatment it is important to cook you egg fully to avoid food-borne illness.

To poach an egg, begin by pouring hot water in a non-stick skillet until it’s about ½-inch deep. Bring it to a slow boil over a medium flame. Add one tablespoon of vinegar and a pinch of salt. Turn the heat down to low, so the water is barely bubbling.

Crack the egg into the water, cover with a lid and cook, occasionally spooning water over the egg until the whites have set. Cook for 7 minutes to ensure that the yolk is cooked fully.

If this method is too difficult, it is also possible to cook perfect poached eggs in saran wrap. To do this, grease some saran wrap with oil. Place the wrap in a ramekin, and crack and egg into the centre of the wrap. Gather up the edges of the wrap and twist them to form a small pouch with the egg in the centre.

Place this parcel into a pot of boiling water and cook for 7 minutes until the yolk is cooked through.

These are just two methods of cooking eggs, however we have numerous egg recipes suitable for all tastes. Click here for more of our favorite egg recipes- enjoy!


Registered Dietitian Approved

There are many misconceptions about nutrition and cancer in widespread media. By using current scientific literature, plus recommendations of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the American Institute for Cancer Research, the National Cancer Institute, and the American Cancer Society, our Registered Dietitian, Kate Ueland, MS, RD, and our team of editors work to help our readers discern truth from myth.

The statements on this blog are not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease. Always consult your physician or registered dietitian for specific medical advice.

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