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How to Make Amazing Soft-Boiled Eggs


I am a food enthusiast and am always trying new recipes. I love to garden, get crafty, and read a good book!


Timing Is Everything for the Perfect Egg!

The title says it all—but the timing of exactly six minutes will yield the perfect soft-boiled eggs, at least in my opinion. At this point, the yolks are slightly runny, the whites are mostly firm, and the eggs are easy enough to peel.

Transferring the eggs directly from the pot of boiling water into an ice bath stops them from cooking, and it also makes them easier to handle and peel.

My favorite way to eat soft-boiled eggs is over a piece of buttered toast or over avocado toast. Whatever your preference, these eggs make a really easy breakfast that is both delicious and fast to make. I like to make at 6-8 eggs on the weekend so that I can enjoy them on busy school mornings with minimal prep.

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Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

4 min

6 min

10 min

Serves 3


  • 6 cups water
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 cup ice


  1. Over high heat, fill a pot of water and heat until the water is boiling.
  2. Using a slotted spoon, gently lower each egg into the pot.
  3. Once all eggs are in the pot, set a timer for 6 minutes. Prepare bowl of ice.
  4. When 6 minutes have passed, using a slotted spoon, scoop the eggs out of the pot and gently place them on top of the ice.
  5. Pour cold water over the eggs and ice and set aside to cool for a few minutes.
  6. After 2-3 minutes, remove the eggs from the water/ice and peel the eggs. Rinse under water to ensure all egg shells have been removed and then your egg is ready to eat! Slice the eggs in half and enjoy over a piece of toast. You can also place the eggs, unpeeled into a covered container in the fridge for later consumption.
  7. Soft boiled eggs will keep 5-7 days in a covered container in the fridge.

© 2018 Lisa Bean


Lisa Bean (author) from Nevada on May 29, 2020:

Thanks! :)

Liza from USA on May 15, 2020:

First of all the ramen looks delicious! I love soft boiled-eggs on a toast.

Lisa Bean (author) from Nevada on October 31, 2018:

Pamela! I know exactly what small pan you're referring to! My mom used to make those for me when I was younger! I forgot all about it until you posted your comment. Thanks for sharing and reminding me of such a nice memory. :)

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on October 31, 2018:

I use to make poached eggs frequently for my children when they were young. I had a specific old pan I got from my Gramma that was designed for the eggs. I don't have that pan anymore and have never seen one like it in a store.

Now it seems like we make hard boiled eggs more often as my mother likes them.

Lisa Bean (author) from Nevada on October 30, 2018:

Angel, glad you enjoy soft boiled eggs. I haven't perfected poached eggs so I don't really have any tips for you.

Angel Harper on October 30, 2018:

I love soft boiled eggs! I also really like poached eggs but I can never cook them right, got any tips?

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