The answer to the question of How long it takes to boil an egg is fairly simple.
For a soft boiled egg, it generally takes about 3 or 4 minutes, not including the time it takes to get the pan of water up to “cooking speed” before you put the egg in it: basically when the water appears to start to bubble is when it is boiling, and suitable for boiling things such as an egg for a set period of time.
For a hard boiled egg you’re probably looking at around 8 to 10 minutes maximum.
If you’ve rarely got a watch handy with a countdown timer or stopwatch to keep track of the time, or the one on your smart phone is too much of a pain in the butt to deal with, you may want to consider investing in an egg timer.
They come in the form of either a glass bulb type with sand running through a narrow gap, or a clockwork mechanical type thing. These days you can even buy a digital egg timer.
This concludes our guide on How Long to Boil An Egg.