Our no-fail method for perfectly hard-boiled quail eggs.
1. Fill a small saucepan two-thirds full with water and bring to a boil. Add the eggs using a spoon. Do not overcrowd the pan.
2. Boil for 2½ to 5 minutes depending on your preference; at 2½ minutes, the yolks will still be runny and by 5 minutes they will be fully hard-boiled.
3. Remove eggs with a slotted spoon and cool down under cold running water or in a bowl filled with ice water. Peel very carefully.