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How to Soft Boil Eggs – Cooking Basics

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Soft boiling is a very simple process, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go in prepared. To ensure the eggs are properly cooked, here’s a step-by-step guide for how to soft boil eggs.

Soft boiled eggs are one of my favorite things to eat on toast. They’re fairly easy to make, nutritious, filling and very versatile.

I’ve been experimenting with different methods to achieve the perfect soft-cooked yolk and easy-to-peel shell. What follows is the method that I found best for how to soft boil eggs. It is essentially the same method for how to hard boil eggs, but with a shorter time spent sitting in the hot water.

Have you ever had trouble cooking eggs? To make it easy for everyone to learn and remember, below are 6 tips to get soft-boiled eggs just right.

Tips for Easy to Peel Eggs

There are a few key things to keep in mind when cooking eggs.

When you are adding the eggs to the boiling water, make sure that you also turn down the heat. The rapid boil of an empty pot will knock the eggs around too much. This can lead to eggs breaking in the pot before they have had time to cook and it gets a little bit messy.

Here are all of the fundamental tips for how to soft boil eggs:

  • Use a large pot – Make space for the eggs since they will move around as the water simmers.
  • Use older eggs – Some magical science with pH levels and eggs means older eggs peel easier. Just don’t use expired ones.
  • Don’t start the eggs in cold water – Wait for the water to boil before adding eggs. This helps in the cooking process and will make it easier to peel.
  • Plunge them in an ice bath – When done cooking, immediately put the eggs in ice water. This halts any more cooking, shocks the eggs a bit, and begins cooling it down. All for easier peeling.
  • Cool the eggs before peeling – First off, the eggs will be hot when they’ve just finished boiling. Plus, a colder egg will shrink back a bit from the shell to make it easier.
  • Peel them in water – Peeling the eggs in a bowl of water is helpful. Water helps in getting the peel off the egg and the shell will sink to the bottom and out of the way as you peel.

How are Soft Boiled Eggs Used?

A well-cooked soft-boiled egg is a perfect appetizer or snack – it has everything you need for a light and healthy meal. Use soft boiled eggs as a healthy breakfast option. They are a great source of protein and can keep you feeling full.

Add some cheese, avocado, or spinach to the plate with your soft boiled eggs to round out a good breakfast.

Soft boiled eggs can be used in many different ways. Eat them plain, add them to salads or pasta, and even use them to top a soup.

Use your soft boiled eggs as a side or topping in any of the following:

  • Ramen
  • Miso Soup
  • Salad with Jammy Eggs
  • Chicken Curry
  • Toasted Whole Wheat Bread

How did yours turn out?

I’d love to hear when you try making soft boiled eggs! Take a pic of your food and share your success with me by adding it to your Instagram stories or feed, and tagging me @doyouroux, or by using #doyouroux.

Plus, leave a rating to let me know how you liked the recipe. It helps me out a lot to know how things worked out… or didn’t.

How to Soft Boil Eggs

Recipe by Marc PetersonCourse: SidesDifficulty: Easy


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Soft boiled eggs are delicious, but not always easy. This guide will show you all my tips on how to soft boil eggs to perfection.


  • 6 large eggs


  • Bring a pot of water to a boil over high heat
  • When the water is at a full boil, gently lower the eggs into the pot with a slotted spoon
  • Lower the heat to a simmer and boil the eggs for 6 and 1/2 minutes for runnier eggs and 7 minutes for jammier eggs
  • While the eggs are boiling, prepare an ice bath by adding a 50/50 mix of ice and water to a medium-sized bowl
  • When the eggs are done boiling, use the slotted spoon to take them out of the pot and place them in the bowl with the ice water
  • Let them sit in the ice bath at least 10 minutes, longer if possible
  • Store the eggs with shells on in the fridge or peel in a bowl of water to eat or use

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