Have you ever noticed how boiled eggs for breakfast show up in a lot of diet plans? Hell, even Daniel Craig claims poached eggs are the start of his daily regimen while slimming down for Bond roles.
The delicious chicken egg is rich in nutrients, including vitamin D which is reportedly good for bone health and immune function. Also Choline, which is thought to boost metabolism.
Setting aside nutrient content, diet plans usually recommend decreasing calories and increasing activity as a core focus for weight loss. So, subbing in boiled eggs for fried is an easy win. The average boiled egg has about 80 calories. Fried eggs, depending on choice of cooking grease, are usually at or above 120 calories each. That’s a significant difference and they’re both equally satisfying with a sprinkle of black pepper, imo.
I aim to be as cool as James Bond in many ways, but I find the hard boiled egg to be easier to carry around than poached. Poached are damn good, but not all of us are actors in training for our million dollar movie roles. Instead, I’m trying to sleep in as late as possible and have breakfast be as easy as grabbing it out of the fridge on my way out the door. Eggs are portable af and honestly, kinda fun to eat.
There are some fancy (and some not-so-fancy) devices and methods for boiling the perfect egg but I’ve had the best tried and true results by following instructions from Anthony Bourdain’s Les Halles Cookbook.
- Place eggs in pot, cover completely with cold water. Add a large dash of salt.
- Bring to a boil on high heat.
- As soon as the water reaches 212° Fahrenheit, remove the pot from heat and cover it with a lid.
- Wait exactly ten minutes, take the lid off, place in the sink, then run cold water directly into the pot until eggs are cold. I find 10 minutes does the trick but ymmv.
If you’ve timed everything properly, the eggs should have a nice yellow yolk in the center, cooked through. If your yolks are green or blueish, you boiled too long or didn’t chill quickly enough. Obviously, if they’re not cooked through you’ve made a mistake in either boil temperature or amount of time covered in the pot. Honestly though, this method is dead simple, I’ll be surprised if you fuck it up.
One last bit of advice: Place the finished hard boiled eggs in a zipper bag before you store them in your refrigerator. Unless of course, you actually want your entire fridge stankin’ like hard eggs.