How to Make Amazing Soft-Boiled Eggs

Updated on December 21, 2019
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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.

Fun Fact About Eggs

To tell if an egg is raw or hard-cooked, spin it! If the egg spins easily, it is hard-cooked but if it wobbles, it is raw.

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Cook Time

Prep time: 4 min
Cook time: 6 min
Ready in: 10 min
Yields: 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.

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Soft-Boiled Eggs

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 3
Calories 143
Calories from Fat90
% Daily Value *
Fat 10 g15%
Saturated fat 3 g15%
Carbohydrates 1 g
Sugar 1 g
Protein 13 g26%
Cholesterol 372 mg124%
Sodium 140 mg6%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

© 2018 Lisa Bean


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  • Lisabean2202 profile imageAUTHOR

    Lisa Bean 

    4 weeks ago from Nevada

    Thanks! :)

  • lizmalay profile image


    6 weeks ago from USA

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

  • Lisabean2202 profile imageAUTHOR

    Lisa Bean 

    20 months ago from Nevada

    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. :)

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    20 months ago from Sunny Florida

    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.

  • Lisabean2202 profile imageAUTHOR

    Lisa Bean 

    20 months ago from Nevada

    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 profile image

    Angel Harper 

    20 months ago

    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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