Can You Reboil Eggs? [Quick & Easy Ways]

Boiling eggs is one of the first cooking techniques most people learn. However, that doesn’t make it any easier.

Trying to find that “sweet spot” can be a challenge, and plenty of people end up with too soft eggs.

When you’re left in this dilemma, you might think, “Can you reboil eggs?

You can safely and efficiently reboil eggs to reach the desired consistency. The best way to do it is to add your eggs to a large container and pour boiling water on top. Cover the container and let the eggs cook until the water is cooled. Then, remove and check the consistency.

When reboiling a food item such as eggs, it’s not uncommon for home chefs to be wary.

After all, food safety is critical to ensuring you don’t get yourself and your loved ones sick.

The good news is that this article teaches everything you need to know about reboiling eggs.

Can You Reboil Eggs if They Are Not Done?

If you boil a batch of eggs and realize they are not the consistency you crave, or you tried a new way to eat boiled eggs and simply aren’t a fan, the good news is that you can safely reboil eggs if they are not done.

How to Reboil Eggs: Two Ways

Reboiling eggs is quick and easy. As long as you have a pot of boiling water, you can reboil your eggs to reach the desired consistency.

Here are the two most popular ways to get it done.

Method 1: Stovetop

Initially, you make boiled eggs on the stovetop. You fill a pot with water, allow it to come to a boil, and gently drop your eggs inside.

The exact cooking process can also be used to reboil your eggs. 

  1. Place your boiled eggs into a pot. 
  2. Fill the pot with enough water to cover your eggs.
  3. Place the pot on the stove over high heat until the water is boiling.
  4. Remove the pot from the stove and cover it with a lid to lock in the heat.
  5. Once the water has cooled, test the egg. If it’s still too runny and soft, continue cooking.
  6. Don’t exceed 12 minutes of cooking time as this can ruin the eggs.

Method 2: Hot Water + Container

Another option is to use the hot water and container method. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Place eggs inside of a container (with a lid).
  2. Boil a pot of water.
  3. Pour the boiling water over the container of eggs. Make sure all of the eggs are covered.
  4. Place the lid on top to lock in the heat.
  5. Test the eggs when the water has cooled. 
  6. If the egg has not reached the desired consistency, allow the eggs to continue cooking for a few additional minutes.

Method 3: Microwave

The last option is to microwave the egg yolk. Note: this method should only be used if you have separated the egg whites from the yolk.

Do not try to stick an entire boiled egg into the microwave. Otherwise, it will explode and cause quite an undesirable mess.

For separated eggs, perform the following steps:

  1. Place the egg yolk inside a microwave-safe bowl.
  2. Microwave the egg yolk in 30-second increments until it reaches the desired consistency.
  3. Eat alone or add it to the egg whites for a complete, nutritional treat. 

Can You Reboil Eggs After Refrigeration?

You can reboil eggs after refrigeration. In fact, most people will share that you get the best results when you reboil refrigerated boiled eggs.

This is simply due to the fact that the egg structure will have an easier time after being refrigerated.

Can You Reboil Peeled Eggs?

What if you peeled the eggs already and have just figured out they’re not cooked all the way or to your liking?

Peeled Eggs

Don’t worry – you can safely reboil peeled eggs, too. The technique changes a bit, though.

You have two choices:

  • Place the peeled, boiled eggs back into the boiling water for a minute or two, or
  • Place the peeled, boiled eggs into the boiling water and reduce to very low heat. Cook for approximately 5-10 minutes.

Is It Safe to Reboil Eggs?

It is entirely safe to reboil eggs. As long as it is done correctly using one of the cooking methods mentioned above, you can enjoy perfectly safe reboiled eggs with the desired consistency.

Can You Reboil Eggs After Ice Bath?

Most boiled egg recipes will tell you to place your eggs in an ice bath to stop the cooking process and get the desired results.

So, what happens if you boil your eggs, as usual, toss them into an ice bath, and realize they weren’t cooked to perfection yet?

You can reboil eggs after an ice bath. Simply follow one of the techniques listed above and enjoy!

How Long to Reboil Eggs?

There is no clear-cut answer on how long you should reboil eggs, as it mainly depends on how runny and soft your boiled eggs were, to begin with.

You may need to reboil anywhere from 3 to 12 minutes.

Some people may get by with as little as 3 to 5 minutes in a bowl of boiling water. Others may need to go up to the 12-minute mark.

Regardless, you should avoid reboiling your eggs for longer than 12 minutes, or you will run the risk of overcooking – which is as unpleasant as an undercooked boiled egg!

An overcooked egg will have a green cast, which could potentially be toxic. It will also take on a rubbery texture.

If you notice these signs, throw the eggs away and start with a fresh batch.

What Happens If You Boil Eggs Twice?

By now, you know that reboiling eggs is a safe and effective way to reach the preferred consistency. But what’s really going on when you boil eggs twice? What is the result?

Two things happen when you boil eggs twice. First and foremost, the egg’s interior will harden and become thoroughly cooked. Secondly, the exterior (shell) will become softer and easily peeled.

Needless to say, reboiling eggs twice is a surefire way to get boiled eggs that are easy to peel and consume.

How to Tell if Hard Boiled Eggs Are Undercooked

Is it your first time making boiled eggs? Not quite sure if they are genuinely undercooked and need to be reboiled?

undercooked eggs

Here are a few ways to check whether your hard-boiled eggs are undercooked.

Check the Interior

The traditional way to check if hard-boiled eggs are cooked or not is to check the interior. Wait until your eggs have cooked for at least 8 minutes before checking them.

  1. Remove one egg from the boiling water (safely).
  2. Run it under cold water to cool it down.
  3. Peel the shell. You can start this process by gently tapping the egg on a hard surface or carefully hitting it with the back of a spoon. 
  4. Cut the egg down the center using a sharp knife.
  5. Examine the inside of the egg. The egg yolk should be firm with a vibrant yellow hue. The whites should be firm. If you see a green tint around the yolks or end up with rubbery egg whites, they’re overcooked. If the yolk is still runny, the egg is undercooked. Allow the remaining boiling eggs to continue cooking for a few more minutes.

Use a Thermometer

If you don’t want to fuss with cooling and peeling, you can use the more straightforward method involving a thermometer. 

  1. Remove one egg from the boiling water (safely).
  2. Use an oven mitt or a pair of tongs to hold the egg. Do not cool it down!
  3. Stick the thermometer into the center of the boiled egg.
  4. The egg should be between 158–170F. If it’s less than 158F, the eggs are undercooked, and you will need to continue cooking the eggs for a few more minutes. If it’s more than 170F, they’re overcooked. Consider moving them into an ice bath ASAP to avoid further cooking, leading to an inedible hard-boiled egg.

Spin the Egg

Another common (and fun) way to check for boiled egg doneness is to give it a spin.

Simply place your boiled egg on the countertop and give it a spin. Tap the top gently to stop it from spinning.

If your egg spun rapidly and stopped instantly, it’s an indicator that it’s done and ready to be consumed!

Final Words

Boiled eggs that are undercooked or too soft are not destined for the receptacle. You can safely and effectively reboil these eggs.

Use the stovetop method or pour boiling water into a container holding the boiled eggs. Most eggs will require anywhere from 3 to 12 minutes, so keep an eye on them as they reboil. 

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