Cooking the perfect soft-boiled eggs using one of the three simple methods and cooking times is so easy! Learn how to get that oozy, runny yolk perfect every time… I’ve done the homework for you.
What makes the perfect soft-boiled egg?
The perfect soft-boiled eggs need two things: a runny yolk and a soft, non-rubbery white, perhaps a touch soft around the edge as well. I’ve done all the homework for you, so read the notes and follow one of the methods below. The resulting eggs are amazing!
Best soft boiled eggs recipe
In fact, there are three simple methods to cook a soft-boiled egg. Inspired by the Food52 hard-boiled egg experiment I decided to find out how to cook the best soft boiled egg and here are the findings.
The resulting soft-boiled eggs are to die for: soft, runny yolks enveloped in whites that are just set. Pure Sunday morning’s breakfast indulgence. And a super healthy one at that.
Before you begin, read these notes
How long to cook soft boiled eggs for depends on a number of factors. Most notably, the size and temperature of the egg itself.
While the below methods are accurate for large hen eggs (700g to a dozen, so 58g per egg), results may vary slightly depending on the exact size of the eggs you have on hand.
You can use eggs straight out of the refrigerator, but follow the third method outlined below. Cold eggs may crack if placed in boiling water. Alternatively, leave eggs out of the refrigerator for 2 hours to bring them to room temperature to use with method one or two.
Please note that for induction cooktops you may need to extend the cooking time by 30 seconds to a minute if you use the rapid boil function in the third method.
You have three methods to choose from: the warm egg boil or simmer and the cold water, cold egg method. These all make the eggs easy to peel, always a bonus, especially with the more delicate soft-boiled eggs.Take me straight to the printable recipe
Can you store soft-boiled eggs in the fridge?
Yes, you can store soft-boiled (and hard-boiled) eggs in the fridge. In fact, you should! Don’t peel them, simply cool them down in ice-cold water and store in the fridge for up to a week.
They make for a great snack and can be easily and quickly added to salads, lunchboxes, soups and sandwiches. The yolk in the soft-boiled egg makes the perfect salad dressing. Even better, for sandwich fillings, such as curried mayo eggs, you don’t need the mayo!
How to serve soft-boiled eggs?
I like to top my perfect oozy soft boiled eggs with a little mayo and chopped chives and consume with a handsome hunk of sourdough bread topped with a shaved slice of cheese.
Alternatively, you can serve them in an egg cup. Peel the top and sprinkle each spoonful with a little salt and pepper. Serve with seared asparagus “soldiers” wrapped in smoked salmon. You can also wrap them in prosciutto or parma ham before searing on a hot grill or in a sandwich press.
How to Cook the Perfect Soft-Boiled Eggs
For the soft boiled eggs:
- 6 large eggs (hen eggs, 58g each or 700g to a dozen)
- Cold water
- chives or spring onions
With asparagus "soldiers"
- smoked salmon or prosciutto
- asparagus spears
- Use this method for room temperature eggs. Bring a pot of water to a rolling boil. Use a spoon to gently lower each at-room-temperature egg in. Bring back to the boil and cook for 5-6 minutes, uncovered, then immediately transfer to an ice bath. Leave for 5 minutes before peeling.
- Use this method for room temperature eggs. Bring a pot of water to a rolling boil. Use a spoon to gently lower each egg in. Return to a simmer, reduce heat and cook for 5-6 minutes, uncovered, then immediately transfer to an ice bath. Leave for 5 minutes before peeling.
Cold Water, Cold Eggs Method
- Place eggs into a pot and cover with cold water. Place over high heat. Once the water starts bubbling from the bottom all the way to the top with large bubbles and the eggs start vibrating (you will hear a soft tapping sound), reduce heat to a medium simmer. Set your timer for exactly 3.5 minutes. Cook for a further 30 seconds if you prefer the yolk a little more set around the edge. Drain and transfer to an ice bath. Leave for 5 minutes before peeling.
- Peel soft-boiled eggs and serve cut open with your choice of toppings or sides.
- For asparagus soldiers, wrap each spear with smoked salmon or prosciutto. Sear on a hot pan or in a sandwich press. Serve egg in an egg cup, cut the top open with a knife and serve asparagus spears on the side, ready for dipping!
- Store cooled unpeeled soft-boiled eggs in the fridge for up to 1 week. Enjoy as a snack or add to salads.