If you crave a soft-boiled egg with perfectly cooked tender whites and gooey, jammy yolks, this is a recipe that will bring you success. If you ask me, it’s something everyone should know how to make: like hard-boiled and scrambled eggs.
It takes minutes, it requires 1 ingredient, and it’s an easy way to add protein and healthy fats to just about anything!
Below, you’ll find another foolproof method on how to cook your soft boiled eggs and enjoy them. If you make the Hard Boiled Eggs, we start off with cold water and cold eggs, then take it to a high simmer. This method we will boil water first then drop in the eggs. Either way, the results are a beautifully cooked egg and will become your breakfast staple, as well!
Soft Boiled Eggs
Of all the ways to eat eggs for breakfast (or any time of the day), there is something uniquely fun and even elegant about soft-boiled eggs. Whether peeled and sprinkled with salt and pepper, or placed atop dishes like ramen and avocado toast, or grain bowls, or even scooped from little cups with toast soldiers, these sunny eggs deserve a spot at your table.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 7 mins
Total Time 12 mins
Course Appetizer, Breakfast, Lunch
- 2-4 eggs large
- sea salt
- freshly ground black pepper
Fill a medium pot with water a quarter of a way and heat to a gentle simmer, just below boiling.
Using a slotted spoon, carefully lower the eggs into the water and let simmer for 6-7 minutes.
Set a bowl of ice water nearby.
Remove eggs using a large slotted spoon and chill immediately in the ice water for a minute or two until the eggs are cool enough to handle.
Tap the bottom of each egg to crack off a little bit of the shell.
Take a small spoon and carefully slide it in and around the egg to loosen and remove it from the shell. This takes a little bit of practice to get exactly right.
Season eggs with salt and pepper, to taste and enjoy❣️
Watch the water. Have you ever cooked eggs in rapidly boiling water? (I have.) Did they crack? (They did.) In this recipe, make sure the water maintains a gentle boil. It should be bubbling, but not so hard that the eggs bounce around. If the water starts to boil too fast, the shells will break against the bottom of the pot.
Don’t skip the ice bath. For the sake of convenience, it might be tempting to skip the ice bath in this recipe. But trust me, I wouldn’t ask you to do this step if it wasn’t necessary. The ice bath stops the cooking process, so the eggs keep their crave-worthy runny yolks, and it makes them far easier to peel. It’s super easy and totally worth it. OR at least run cold water over eggs and allow them to sit in COLD water! Enjoy❣️
Keyword 12 minute meals, easy meals, Simple
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