Can you reboil eggs?
Can you reboil eggs?

Eggs are a favorite part of the breakfast for many people since there is not much food that is cheap, easy to prepare, and nutritious, as the eggs are. There are many methods to prepare eggs, but probably the most simple is putting them in boiling water, waiting a bit, and voila! Whether you like a hard-boiled egg or soft-boiled egg, your breakfast will be ready in 10 minutes or less.

Bonus: If you boil more than one egg, you can keep them in your refrigerator for up to one week! Eggs are a great snack, nutritious breakfast, and a great addition to lunch salad or dinner sandwiches.

The problem with boiled eggs is that everyone likes them prepared differently. Some enjoy slightly runny yolks in soft-cooked eggs, while others want hard or even overcooked eggs. If your eggs are soft-cooked and you need them hard, a reboiling egg is a concept you could consider.

The idea of reboiling eggs sounds funny? It’s easy, safe, and simple, as it sounds.

In today’s article, we’re talking about reboiling already boiled egg – what is the best way to do it, and how long should eggs reboil?

What is the best method of boiling eggs?

Before we start with instructions for re boiling eggs, let’s remind ourselves how to boil eggs properly.

You can cook eggs on the stove or in the microwave.

How to boil eggs on the stove?

When cooking eggs always add half spoon of salt for each egg, to prevent them from breaking
When cooking eggs always add half spoon of salt for each egg, to prevent them from breaking (

Cooking eggs on the stove is easy and practical:

  • Put eggs in the saucepan filled with cold water. Water should be 1-2 inches above the eggs.
  • Turn on the high heat and wait for the water to boil.
  • You can add teaspoon of vinegar or 1/2 of teaspoon salt into the boiling hot water, for each egg. This will prevent breakage and leaking of the egg white. Add eggs inside.
  • After 6 minutes (depending what finish of an egg you like), turn off the stove and leave eggs sitting in the hot water
  • Before peeling cool eggs down in ice water
Boiled eggsTime for cooking
Soft-boiled egg6 minutes
Medium-boiled egg10 minutes
Hard-boiled egg16 minutes
How long should you cook different types of egg finish

Tip: You can boil eggs on the stove in a kettle or coffee maker, too!

How to boil eggs in the microwave?

You’ll need eggs, water, and a microwave-safe bowl:

  • Put raw egg in a microwave bowl and cover it with water. Water should always be 1/2 inch above the eggs.
  • Add 1/2 teaspoon of salt for each egg.
  • Microwave eggs for 4 minutes. Make a 1 minute pause. Microwave eggs again for 4 minutes.
  • Make ice water bath and but eggs in it.

If you like soft-boiled eggs, let them sit in the hot microwave water for another 2-3 minutes. If you’re a fan of medium-boiled eggs, leave them in hot water for 6-7 minutes. Let hard-boiled eggs rest in hot water for 8-10 minutes.

Afterward, put boiled eggs into the cold water so that you can peel them more easily.

How long should eggs be boiled?

How long should eggs be boiled depends on how you like them:

Egg styleTime of boiling
Soft boiled runny yolk and set white3 minutes
Slightly set yolk and set white4 minutes
A medium cooked firmer yolk and white5 minutes
Hard-cooked egg with a somewhat soft egg yolk6 minutes
Firmly hard-boiled egg8 minutes
The time needed for boiling different eggs finishes in the microwave

How to reboil eggs?

time vs egg finish
Time vs. egg finish (

You can easily reboil eggs if they’re undercooked, without much trouble. Re boiling eggs is possible in the saucepan with water brought to the boiling point or in the microwave. Simply boil egg or eggs for a few more minutes the same way you cooked them in the first place. Test them to see are they done.

Reboiling egg is perfectly safe and doesn’t have any health consequences.

You can even reboil eggs twice if when you test them they’re still half-cooked and yolks runny. If you like runny yolks, find out are runny yolks safe to eat or should you change your eating habits?

However, you must be careful not to overcook them.

Can you reboil soft boiled eggs?

Yes, if you have soft-cooked eggs and you want the egg yolk to be firmer, simply cook them the same way you did it the first time.

Put an undercooked egg in the saucepan and cover it with water. Turn on the heat and wait until the water starts to boil. Monitoring time is the key to the reboiling process. Boiling water is the point when eggs start to cook.

After the water boils, remove the saucepan from the heat and cover it with a lid. Eggs will cook in hot water.

Wait for the water to cool down and peel 1 egg. If eggs are still runny and undercooked, reboil them again. If eggs are done as you like them, reboiling is over.

Tip: Reboiling shouldn’t last more than 10-12 minutes in total.

Can you reboil hard boiled eggs?

Differently cooked eggs (

If your intention was to cook hard-boiled eggs and when you tested them they weren’t hard-boiled, you can reboil eggs until you get desired results. Reboiling already hard-boiled eggs will result in overcooked eggs.

Tip: You will recognize overcooked hard-boiled eggs by the look of the yolk, it will be surrounded by the green coat. When you cook eggs longer than you should protein web in the egg whites becomes thick, which results in the rubbery texture of an egg white and chalky and dry egg yolks.

Can you reboil peeled eggs?

Peeled eggs can be reboiled too if you conclude they’re undercooked. There are two methods:

Reboiling peeled undercooked eggs in the steamer basket

Put eggs in a steamer basket and reboil them for half a minute.

Reduce the heat to very low and cook eggs for another 10 minutes with a lid on.

Reboiling peeled undercooked eggs in the saucepan

Reboil eggs in a saucepan the same way you boiled them in the first place. Place them in boiling water and cook them for no longer than 5 to 10 minutes, or else they can end up overcooked and too dry.

Are undercooked boiled eggs safe to eat?

When you see a green or slightly gray coat over the yolk that means that hard boiling has lasted longer than it should. You don’t have hard-boiled eggs now – they are overcooked. Should you throw them away or are they still safe to consume?

Eggs that are overcooked are still safe to eat. You’re not risking food poisoning or any other health issues by eating them, as long as eggs were fresh when you start cooking them. Egg whites will be rubbery and somehow chewy, and the yolk will be dry as chalk.

An overcooked egg can be used for making deviled eggs, but there are other ways to use them too. Chop them and add to delicious tuna egg salad or chop them with tomatoes and arugula to get a great refreshing salad for dinner.