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How long should you boil an egg if you want it hard boiled?

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Hard-boiling an egg doesn't require boiling it for any length of time. However, it should sit in hot water for nine to 15 minutes after the water comes to a boil and is removed from the heat.

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How long should you boil an egg if you want it hard boiled?
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Place the egg in a large saucepan and cover it with 1 inch of cold water. Bring the water to a boil. Turn off the heat after the water comes to a boil.

The size of the egg determines how long it needs to sit in the hot water. Medium eggs require about 9 minutes of standing time to become fully cooked. Large eggs require about 12 minutes and extra-large eggs require about 15 minutes of standing time in the hot water.

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