Allow the quail eggs to properly return to room temperature.
Boil the water to cook the eggs in (making sure it comes to a complete boil).
Use a ladle or spoon to gently lower the eggs into the boiling water.
Boil the eggs for however long you like, cool them in an ice bath and then peel away the shell.
This egg has been boiled for 2 minutes. The white of the egg has set but the yolk is still runny and will pour out of the egg.
I boiled this egg for 2 minutes 30 seconds. The yolk came out soft-boiled.
Here I boiled the egg for 3 minutes. The yolk in this egg is still a little soft.
This egg has been boiled for 3 minutes 30 seconds and has a hard-boiled yolk.
Story Behind this Recipe
If I search the internet for how long to boil a chicken egg I get plenty of results, but I don't get much information when I search for quail eggs instead. So I decided to try an experiment by myself.
Don't place the eggs in the pan until the water is boiling and only boil the eggs once they have returned to room temperature (if you use eggs fresh from the fridge then the eggs will crack when they're submerged in boiling water). When the eggs have boiled, make sure to cool them down quickly in cold water.