How to Cook a Soft Boiled Egg Perfectly Every Time

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Weekend breakfasts are meant to be enjoyed, so I love cooking soft boiled eggs with toast.

Soft-boiled eggs can sometimes be hit and miss but this technique will give you a perfectly cooked egg every time.

Step 1: Fill the Pot With Half an Inch of Water.

I know this sounds crazy but bare with me.

Step 2: Place the Pot Over a Medium High Heat, Bring the Water to the Boil.

Step 3: Set a Timer for 6 Minutes.

6 minutes will give you a perfect soft boiled egg if you want hard boiled egg set the timer to 8 minutes.

Step 4: Now the Water Is Boiling Add Your Eggs.

Step 5: Cover With the Lid and Start the Timer

The reason this method works is because we are cooking the eggs with the steam, not the water. Steam is a constant 212f or 100c, this lets the eggs cook quickly and evenly with out giving the yolk time to set.

Also using only ½ inch of water instead of several cups means your eggs are cooked quicker.

Step 6: Now That the Timer Has Gone Off Take the Pot Off the Heat Straight Away.

Run cold water over the eggs under the water doesn’t heat up. This will stop the eggs from overcooking.

They are ready to serve

Step 7: Perfect Soft Boiled Eggs Every Time. Beautiful Firm Whites With a Runny Yolk.

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    YourMagesty

    1 year ago

    BRILLIANT! I love soft eggs but have been very discouraged at 'my' results. NOW I KNOW!!!!! Yaaaay! Thanks! : )

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    Jackassofalltrades

    1 year ago

    Basically that's the way I've been doing it for decades, although I found out that a quarter inch of water is enough.

    Physics tells us that the six minutes work only at or close to sea level. At higher altitude, water boils at a lower temperature, so the cooking time must be increased. For instance, in our vacation home in the Swiss Alps at about 1400 m (4600 ft) above sea level, eggs of a normal size need around 6' 40", and really big ones need slightly more than 7 minutes.

    Physics also tells us that the eggs won't cook faster in steam, because the temperature is the same. However, you save quite a bit of energy because the water will reach boiling temperature much quicker. Maybe that gave you the impression that the cooking is faster.

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    seamster

    1 year ago

    I'm going to have to give this a try. Thank you for sharing your technique!

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