How to Boil an Egg Cheat Sheet. The Easiest Way to Make Great Boiled Eggs (Soft, Medium, and Hard!) Ah, the boiled egg. It seems easy enough—and it is, if your goal is hard-boiled eggs. Put them in a pot of hot water and wait. You’re basically done. But if you’re interested in a little more variation in your boiled eggs, you’ll want to pay attention. This is the easiest way to make your eggs soft, medium, or hard-boiled.