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How to Make Soft Boiled Eggs

How to Make Soft Boiled Eggs

Are you tired of overcooked or undercooked eggs? Do you long for that perfect soft boiled egg with a runny yolk and firm, yet tender, whites? Well, you’ve come to the right place! In this article, I will guide you through the process of making the most delightful soft boiled eggs that will melt in your mouth. So, let’s get cracking!

The Art of Soft Boiling Eggs

Soft boiled eggs are a delicate balance between cooked and uncooked, and achieving that balance requires a bit of finesse. It’s almost like walking a tightrope – one wrong move and you end up with either a hard boiled egg or a soupy mess. But fear not! With a few simple steps, you can master the art of soft boiling eggs.

Step 1: Choose the Right Eggs

The first step in making perfect soft boiled eggs is to choose the right eggs. Fresh eggs work best, as they have firmer whites that hold their shape during cooking. So, make sure to pick eggs that are not too old.

Step 2: Prepare an Ice Bath

While your eggs are cooking, prepare an ice bath. This is crucial as it helps stop the cooking process and prevents the eggs from overcooking. Simply fill a bowl with cold water and add some ice cubes. Trust me, this simple step will make a world of difference!

Step 3: Boil the Eggs

Now it’s time to get boiling! Fill a saucepan with enough water to cover the eggs completely. Bring the water to a rolling boil over high heat. Once the water is boiling, gently lower the eggs into the saucepan using a spoon. Reduce the heat to low and let the eggs simmer for a specific amount of time, depending on how runny you want the yolk to be.

For a Soft Boiled Egg with a Runny Yolk:

Let the eggs simmer for about 4-5 minutes. This will give you a perfectly runny yolk that is great for dipping toast soldiers or drizzling over a salad.

For a Soft Boiled Egg with a Slightly Firmer Yolk:

Let the eggs simmer for about 6-7 minutes. This will give you a yolk that is still soft and creamy, but slightly more set. It’s perfect for adding to a bowl of ramen or slicing onto avocado toast.

Step 4: Shock and Peel

Once the eggs have finished cooking, remove them from the saucepan using a slotted spoon and immediately transfer them to the ice bath. Let them sit for a few minutes to cool down and stop the cooking process. Then, gently tap the eggs on a hard surface and peel them under running water. The ice bath and peeling under water make it easier to remove the shell without damaging the delicate whites.


Q1: Can I use older eggs to make soft boiled eggs?

A1: While fresh eggs work best for soft boiling, slightly older eggs can still be used. Just keep in mind that older eggs may have looser whites, which can result in a slightly messier appearance.

Q2: Can I use the same method for large eggs?

A2: Absolutely! The cooking times provided in this article are suitable for large eggs. If you’re using smaller or larger eggs, you may need to adjust the cooking time slightly.

Q3: Can I make soft boiled eggs ahead of time?

A3: Yes, you can! Soft boiled eggs can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for up to two days. Just make sure to peel them before storing to prevent the shells from sticking.

Q4: What can I serve with soft boiled eggs?

A4: Soft boiled eggs are incredibly versatile and can be enjoyed in various ways. They are perfect on their own with a sprinkle of salt and pepper, or you can serve them with toast, salad, ramen, or even use them as a topping for avocado toast.

Q5: How can I tell if an egg is fresh?

A5: To determine the freshness of an egg, you can perform a simple test. Fill a bowl with water and gently place the egg in it. If the egg sinks to the bottom and lays flat on its side, it is fresh. If it stands upright or floats, it’s best to discard it.

Q6: Can I reheat soft boiled eggs?

A6: Yes, you can reheat soft boiled eggs. Simply place them in a bowl of hot water for a few minutes until warmed through. However, keep in mind that reheating may slightly firm up the yolk.

Q7: Can I add seasoning to the water when boiling the eggs?

A7: While you can add a pinch of salt or vinegar to the water, it’s not necessary when making soft boiled eggs. The seasoning can be added later, either directly to the egg or to the dish you’re serving it with.

Q8: Can I use the same method for quail or duck eggs?

A8: Yes, you can use the same method for quail or duck eggs. However, since these eggs are smaller or larger than chicken eggs, you will need to adjust the cooking time accordingly. Quail eggs typically require less time, while duck eggs may need a bit more time.

In Conclusion

Soft boiled eggs are a delightful treat that can elevate any meal. With a little practice and attention to detail, you can master the art of making perfect soft boiled eggs. So, go ahead and give it a try! Your taste buds will thank you.

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How to Make Soft Boiled Eggs

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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Course Desserts
Cuisine American
Servings 2


  • 2 to 4 large eggs
  • Sea salt , to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper , to taste


  • Fill a medium pot with water and bring it to a gentle simmer, just below boiling.
  • Using a slotted spoon, carefully lower the eggs into the simmering water.
  • Let the eggs simmer for 7 minutes (or 6 minutes for a runnier egg).
  • Prepare a bowl of ice water.
  • Remove the eggs from the pot and immediately place them in the ice water to chill for a minute or two, until they are cool enough to handle.
  • Lightly tap the bottom of each egg to crack off a small piece of the shell.
  • Take a small spoon and gently slide it in and around the egg to loosen and remove it from the shell. This may require some practice to do perfectly, so don't worry if your first few eggs don't turn out exactly right. They will still taste delicious!
  • Season the eggs with salt and pepper, according to your taste preferences.
Keyword breakfast, cooking basics, dessert, gluten free, main-dish, vegan
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