Eggs 101: How to Boil an Egg

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There are so many reasons to love eggs. They’re easy to cook, cheap, and high in nutrients like protein, vitamin D, and iron. Plus, there are endlessly delicious ways to prepare them to fit every palate. Here are two of our favorite ways to cook 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 your immune system is compromised.

To hard-boil an egg:

  • Put eggs in a pot and cover with cold water and a pinch of salt.
  • Bring the eggs to a boil over a medium-high flame. Cover, turn the heat down to medium and cook for six 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 three to four 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 your 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 with a pinch of salt. Crack the egg gently and close to the surface of the water and let cook until whites are opaque and yolks are cooked to your liking. 
  • Remove with a slotted spoon, dab on a paper towel to remove excess water, and enjoy.

These are just two of the more common egg cookery methods, but there are many others that you’ll love

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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