Can you boil the perfect egg in an electric kettle?

The short answer is: Yes and here's how...

Can you boil the perfect egg in an electric kettle?


However soft or hard you like your boiled eggs, an electric kettle can definitely do the job. Here are a few tips to make sure your egg comes out of the kettle in one piece:

  • Don’t use an electric kettle with an exposed heating coil. Eggs crack if they touch hot coils
  • Always start with cold water to stop the eggs cracking


Soft: For a soft egg, boil the water once and leave the egg in until the bubbles stop.

Hard: For a harder egg boil the water once, then wait 2 minutes and repeat 2-3 times (always in a kettle that switches off automatically when it boils)


For an alternative method that requires little to no supervision: 

Boil around 1 litre of water in the kettle. After it switches off automatically, carefully put the eggs in. How soft or hard they end up is up to you:

  • 10 minutes are enough for a soft egg.
  • 15 minutes are ideal for a hard boiled egg.

An electric kettle uses slightly less electricity than the saucepan method. The water heats up simply and quickly in the sealed container. Especially when heating small amounts of water, using a separate pan wastes effort and energy.

Got the wrong electric kettle for your perfect boiled egg? Why not drop by our shop and pick up a Carrera Kettle No651 instead? It's made of glass so you can even watch your eggs boiling!

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