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The Perfect Soft Boiled Egg

The Perfect Soft Boiled Egg

The older I get the more I love eggs – especially over easy, poached, or soft boiled.  I recently realized that I had never made a soft-boiled egg as an adult but I remember my mom making them a lot when I was younger. She would boil the egg then add a dab of butter, salt, and pepper into a small dish before peeling the egg and putting it into the dish, and mixing it all up. I remember dipping my toast into the perfectly cooked egg mixed with the butter and I LOVED it! I decided to try making a soft-boiled egg and after a few attempts, I think I have found the way to make a perfect soft-boiled egg. The whites are cooked but the yolk is still runny. I serve it on buttered toast and it is absolutely delicious.

The Perfect Soft Boiled Egg

How to Make The Perfect Soft Boiled Egg

Heat an inch of water in a small saucepan over medium-high heat until boiling. Add the egg, reduce the heat to medium, and cover with a lid. Let the egg cook for 6 minutes then remove it from the stove. Side Note: if you are using a jumbo-sized egg, cook for 6 minutes & 30 seconds.

Run the saucepan and egg under cold water until the egg is cool enough to be handled. Using a knife, crack the top edge of the egg then gently peel, making sure to be careful so you don’t puncture the egg.

Once it is peeled, place on a piece of buttered toast, slice down the center with a knife, season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste then dig in. Enjoy!

The Perfect Soft Boiled Egg

 

The Perfect Soft Boiled Egg

The Perfect Soft Boiled Egg

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 11 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1

Ingredients

  • 1 egg
  • 1 piece of bread toasted & buttered
  • Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Heat an inch of water in a small saucepan over medium-high heat until boiling. Add the egg, reduce the heat to medium, and cover with a lid. Let the egg cook for 6 minutes then remove it from the stove.
    Side Note: if you are using a jumbo-sized egg, cook for 6 minutes & 30 seconds.
  • Run the saucepan and egg under cold water until the egg is cool enough to be handled. Using a knife, crack the top edge of the egg then gently peel, making sure to be careful so you don't puncture the egg.
  • Once it is peeled, place on a piece of buttered toast, slice down the center with a knife, season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste then dig in. Enjoy!
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  1. i’ve never prepared an egg like this, though i’m sure i’d love it. runny egg yolks used to disgust me but now i absolutely love them!

  2. I accidentally made a soft boiled egg once…. and LOVED it. I try to “accidentally” do it at least once a month now! lol To me, the only way to truly enjoy an egg is if you can dunk toast into the yolk!! YUM!

  3. Looks perfect Pam and I like a good soft boiled egg, but never tried to peel one. We always just cracked it thru the middle and scooped each side out with a spoon – not nearly as pretty as yours.

  4. My mom always used to make me these when I was a kid and I loved them. I’ve wondered how to make them but never got around to looking it up. Thanks so much! I had this for dinner last night over some refried beans and it was awesome!

  5. Just found tomorrows breakfast!
    Apparently simple things are often the most difficult to achieve and your eggs just look perfect. Congratulations on such a beautiful presentation 🙂

  6. I always loved egg and still love it. When I am the only one to eat dinner my breakfast of soft poached egg or in any form is my dinner. Love it.

  7. I tried this & it was a perfect soft boiled egg! I will be using this method from now on — Thanks!

  8. We made these camping today and they are absolutely amazing! The only thing was they didn’t look as perfect as this photo. Pam how did you make the flat, round shape? Ours kept the egg shape and we just cut it in half over the bread.

  9. We made these camping today and they are absolutely amazing! The only thing was they didn’t look as perfect as this photo. Pam how did you make the flat, round shape? Ours kept the egg shape and we just cut it in half over the bread. Will make this way from now on!

    1. Shae,

      Mine was a perfect egg shape too until I sliced it. The egg flattened when the yolk leaked out. I am glad you loved them!

      Pam

  10. It never occurred to me to peel a sb egg, I tried this method and it came out perfect. The minute I cut into the egg, it looked just like your photo. Delicious! I love poached eggs, but these are actually easier.

  11. I have fond memories of my mom’s soft boiled eggs on toast. I will try this, it sounds perfect, and will be my comfort breakfast food. Works great with new diet requiring protein breakfast.

    1. Donna,

      They actually looked just like a hard boiled egg after being peeled until I slice it open then if flattened out as the yolk left the egg. It was NOT cooked in an egg poacher.

      Pam

  12. Great advice, my whites are always a little undercooked near the yolk. In UK we cut the toast into strips and tell our children they are soldiers, we leave the egg in the shell and take off the top, adding the salt and pepper, the soldiers are then dipped in the egg and are devoured, the White is removed with the aid of a teaspoon.