We love soft boiled eggs; they are truly a quick and easy breakfast item that is healthy, affordable, and savory. Many cooks out there avoid soft boiled eggs, however, thinking that getting a perfect soft boiled egg is a hard task. In actuality, cooking the perfect soft boiled egg is not a hard task at all, you just have to follow the one and only recipe instructions 100% exactly. This method for soft boiled eggs was originally created by America’s Test Kitchen, which had to test over 1,000 eggs before they got the perfect method. This method is incredibly simple; just follow the instructions, and you will end up with perfectly set egg whites and a warm and creamy yolk.
Water For Soft Boiled Eggs
The secret to perfect soft boiled eggs has to do with the amount of water used, and time. we want to use very little water, and actually steam the eggs, rather than boil them. This means that the eggs will not be fully covered with water, rather the water at the bottom of the pot should be shallow and just enough to create a steam environment for the eggs to soft cook. You can use any size or shaped pot, as long as hit has a lid that will fit tightly, and 1/2 inch of water at the bottom.
Bring your 1/2 inch of water to a full boil (with the lid on) until a steam chamber is created.
Take your eggs out of the refrigerator and add to the pot of boiled water/steam (Note: eggs should be well chilled in the refrigerator just prior to adding to the pot, for the soft boil to turn out perfectly).
Cover with the lid and start your egg timer or stopwatch function on your smartphone and set to 6 and a half minutes exactly.
After exactly six and a half minutes, remove the eggs from the pot and quickly rinse the eggs in cold water from the tap for about 15 seconds each.
Crack the eggs with the back of a knife or with an egg topper to reveal perfectly cooked soft boiled eggs.
It is just that simple. as long as your pot had steam and the eggs cooked for exactly 6.5 minutes, you will have perfectly cooked soft boiled eggs every time. This method will work with any number of eggs as long as the bottom of the pot can fit the eggs in a 1/2 inch of water. Once you try this method a few times, you will become confident that the eggs will turn out every time, and you will surely be serving more soft boiled eggs in your home.
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Brilliant. I’ll have to give this a try.
This literally made my mouth water!! I love soft boiled eggs… especially with steak! Weird, I know, but so dang delicious!
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So funny! I haven’t made this in years, but it was always a mystery to me how to predict the outcome. Thank you!!
Thank America’s Test Kitchen for wasting all that time and those eggs to get it perfect 🙂
I love soft boiled eggs for Sunday breakfast!
Although mine turn out just fine, I do nothing like what you do! Thanks – I’ll have to try your technique!
A very interesting technique, I’m going to try this out tomorrow morning for breakfast, with bacon and asparagus soldiers, thanks for sharing.
Let us know how it worked.
It worked really well, I will definitely be using this technique again. Please find a link below for the recipe which I used your technique with. https://chillijoncarnecooks.wordpress.com/2015/10/27/soft-boiled-egg-with-bacon-asparagus-soldiers/ Thank you very much for sharing.
Beautiful photos! I’ve written about this recipe too…I totally agree..no fail and SO yummy!
I use Delia Smith’s method, which is similar to this. Eggs from room temperature into boiling water, keep boiling for a minute, then turn off the heat and cover for 5.5 minutes. Works every time (well, every time I remember to start the stop watch)!
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Will be trying the soft boiled egg technique as the husband is sooo fussy about his eggs being soft 🙂 . Thank you!
I’m going to have to try this! I’ve never had soft boiled eggs before. Beautiful photos too!
A lot like sunny side up or over easy eggs. Hope you enjoy them.
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Yay!! Egg and soldiers!!
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