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Simple Soft Boiled Eggs Recipe

HOW TO MAKE THE PERFECT SOFT BOILED EGGS

There's no better comfort food than soft boiled eggs with buttered toast soldiers.

The combination of firm egg whites and a creamy golden yolk is an upgrade to any meal (ramen, anyone?). But, how do you get a perfect soft boiled egg, every time?

Soft Boiled Eggs

A great soft boiled egg really comes down to timing. The cooking time for one or two soft boiled eggs in a saucepan is about 4 minutes. If you’re cooking a few more, add an extra 30 seconds to your timer.

Making soft boiled eggs can sometimes feel trickier than a fried or hard boiled egg but this step-by-step recipe will teach you exactly what to do.

Preparation time 5 mins

Ingredients

  • Eggs
  • Tap water
  • Bread for toasting
  • Salt and pepper

Method

Step 1: Take a saucepan and half fill it with cold water from the tap. Gently lower the eggs into the saucepan one at a time.

Step 2: Place the pan over medium heat. When the water reaches a simmer, start the timer so you can precisely time the cooking process. If you gently stir the eggs in a clockwise direction, the movement of the water will help centre the yolks.

Step 3: Simmer the eggs for 4 minutes for runny yolks that have started to thicken. 

Step 4: Use a large spoon to remove the eggs from the water.

Step 5: Cool the eggs by running them under cold tap water for 30-60 seconds or placing them in a bowl of iced water.

Notes

  • Don't boil the water too hard: a light simmer is all that you need.
  • If cooking more than two eggs, make sure your eggs fit in the saucepan in a single layer.
  • Don’t just glance at the clock, set a timer to get consistent soft boiled eggs every time.
  • Serve softly boiled eggs in an egg cup with buttery toast cut into soldiers. You can dip your toast soldiers right into the yolk or use a spoon to scoop out the delicious insides.
  • To remove the top of the egg, set the egg upright in an egg cup and use the edge of a knife to gently tap around the top of the egg.
  • Soft boiled eggs can be peeled like a hard boiled egg, but you need to do it very carefully. First, run the egg under cold tap water or submerge it in a bowl of cold water. Then gently crack the shell all over by tapping it on a hard surface and roll it around in your hands to help loosen the shell.
  • Boiled eggs (still in their shell) can be refrigerated for up to a week.
  • Store your hard boiled eggs in an air-tight container in the refrigerator. Eggshells are porous, and without a protective container it can absorb some of the smells and flavours of the fridge.

Hard or soft boiled? Find out how to make the perfect boiled egg here.