Boiled Bagels


Bagels that are boiled before being baked.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Additional Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 50 mins
1 dozen


  • 4 ¼ cups all-purpose flour, divided, or as needed

  • 2 (.25 ounce) packages active dry yeast

  • 1 ½ cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)

  • 4 tablespoons white sugar, divided

  • 1 tablespoon salt


  1. Combine 1 1/2 cups flour and yeast in a large bowl. Mix water, 3 tablespoons sugar, and salt together; add to dry ingredients. Beat with a mixer for half a minute at low speed, scraping the sides of the bowl clean. Beat at a higher speed for 3 minutes. Then mix in enough flour by hand to make a moderately stiff dough.

  2. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, 8 to 10 minutes. Cover and let rest for 15 minutes.

  3. Cut into 12 portions and shape into smooth balls. Poke a hole in the center with your finger, and gently enlarge the hole while working the bagel into a uniform shape. Cover and let rise for 20 minutes.

  4. Meanwhile, start a gallon of water boiling. Add in remaining 1 tablespoon sugar and mix it around a bit. Reduce to simmering.

  5. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  6. When bagels have risen, put 4 or 5 bagels into the water and cook for 7 minutes, turning once. Drain.

  7. Place drained bagels on a greased baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes. Remove from the oven and eat hot or cold.

Broiling option:

For a glossier surface, place raised bagels on an ungreased baking sheet prior to boiling them. Broil them, 5 inches from heat, for 1 to 1 1/2 minutes on each side. Then put them into the hot water to be boiled as above. Note: do not bake broiled bagels as long as non-broiled ones, 25 minutes should be long enough.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

181 Calories
1g Fat
38g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 181
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Sodium 584mg 25%
Total Carbohydrate 38g 14%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 5g
Calcium 9mg 1%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 71mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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