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Soft-boiled eggs are an incredibly underrated breakfast. Slice into the tender white flesh to find a perfectly jammy yolk on the inside. It’s truly mouthwatering! Here’s the secret to making a perfectly cooked soft-boiled egg. 

Breakfast with soft boiled eggs and  toast soldiers

Soft-boiled eggs are one of those breakfast items that look really complicated but are secretly simple to make. The eggs are great on their own, served cut open on a piece of toast, or just alongside some fruit. You can even turn the egg into the star of a savory dish. They do take a little more time and concentration in the kitchen, so save them for the weekend and stick to scrambled eggs or hard-boiled eggs during the week. 

Soft-Boiled Egg Recipe

Soft-boiled eggs fall into the same category as poached eggs. They have a reputation of being complicated to cook but are actually quite simple once you learn the technique. Once you get the hang of the method for a soft-boiled egg, you’ll be adding one on top of everything that you eat.

The secret in the cooking technique is all in the timing. You want to make sure they stay in the boiling water for the right amount of time. Too short, and you’ll end up with undercooked eggs. Too long, and you’ll have hard-boiled. What you are looking for is right in between. 

Soft boiled eggs can be a meal within themselves. There’s a reason why the classic pairing of a soft-boiled egg and a piece of toast to dip in the yolk has been a favorite for so long. Soft-boiled eggs are also great in savory pairings and can work with pretty much any meal of the day. I like to add them into grain bowls, place them on top of a bowl of veggies, or in a hearty salad with a tangy dressing. 

Ingredients

  • Eggs – Use whatever eggs you have on hand. Older eggs are easier to peel. 

How To Make Soft-Boiled Eggs 

eggs are cooked in metal pot on electric stove in kitchen

1. BOIL THE WATER

Set a medium pot of water to boil over medium-high heat. Once the water starts to boil, reduce it to a rolling boil. 

2. ADD THE EGGS  

Slowly add the eggs into the boiling water using a slotted spoon. Repeat until all of the eggs are in the boiling water. Hint: The slotted spoon will be your savior for cooking soft-boiled eggs. I like to use this slotted spoon (link?) for easily taking the eggs in and out of the pan. 

3. COOK THE EGGS 

Let the eggs cook in the water for exactly 7 minutes. If your eggs look a little bit on the larger size, cook them for 6 minutes. 

4. PREPARE AN ICE BATH 

While the eggs cook, prepare a large bowl with cold water and ice. 

5. SET THE EGGS IN THE ICE BATH 

When the timer is complete, immediately take the eggs off of the heat and add them into the ice bath. This will stop the cooking process and ensure that your yolks stay jammy. Let them sit in the ice bath for at least 3 minutes. 

6. PEEL THE EGGS

Give the eggs a little tap to let a crack form along the top and being to peel away at the shell. If you only want to peel off the top, you can stop there. If not, continue gently peeling the egg until the entire shell is removed. 

Soft boiled egg for breakfast with toasts and coffee cup in background

FAQS

How Long Will Soft-Boiled Eggs Stay In The Fridge?

Soft-boiled eggs will stay fresh in the fridge for about two days. Keep the shell on the eggs until you plan to eat them. 

What’s The Best Way To Peel A Soft-Boiled Egg Without It Cracking?

Some soft-boiled eggs can be a little tricky to peel since they are not as sturdy as hard-boiled eggs. If you are having trouble, gently roll the eggs on a soft surface until they crack and dip them back in the ice bath. This method lets the water get underneath the shell and makes it easier to peel. You can also use a spoon to remove the shell. Simply take the back of the spoon and tap the top of the egg until it starts to crack. Then insert the spoon into the side of the egg between the flesh and shell, sliding the spoon as you go.

Do Soft-Boiled Eggs Need An Ice Bath?

It may seem like an unnecessary step if you are not serving your eggs immediately, but do not skip the ice bath. The ice bath is what stops the cooking process and lets the yolk stay in that custard-like texture. Plus, it helps with peeling the shell off of the egg. 

Top tip

Remember to watch the timer! That will be your secret weapon for getting the perfect texture time and time again. 

MORE EGG RECIPES TO TRY OUT 

Breakfast with soft boiled eggs and toast soldiers

Soft Boiled Eggs

Soft-boiled eggs are an incredibly underrated breakfast. Slice into the tender white flesh to find a perfectly jammy yolk on the inside.
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Author: Kasey Schwartz
Servings: 1
6 minutes

Ingredients  

  • eggs
  • salt + pepper

Instructions 

  • Set a medium pot of water to boil over medium-high heat. Once the water starts to boil, reduce it to a rolling boil.
  • Slowly add the eggs into the boiling water using a slotted spoon. Repeat until all of the eggs are in the boiling water. Hint: The slotted spoon will be your savior for cooking soft-boiled eggs. I like to use this slotted spoon (link?) for easily taking the eggs in and out of the pan.
  • Let the eggs cook in the water for exactly 7 minutes. If your eggs look a little bit on the larger size, cook them for 6 minutes.
  • While the eggs cook, prepare a large bowl with cold water and ice.
  • When the timer is complete, immediately take the eggs off of the heat and add them into the ice bath. This will stop the cooking process and ensure that your yolks stay jammy. Let them sit in the ice bath for at least 3 minutes.
  • Give the eggs a little tap to let a crack form along the top and being to peel away at the shell. If you only want to peel off the top, you can stop there. If not, continue gently peeling the egg until the entire shell is removed.
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About Kasey Schwartz

Hi, I’m Kasey, Founder of All Things Mamma – where I am dishing up family favorite recipes that are easy to make with simple, everyday ingredients. Plus – tips and tricks for living your best life!

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