Recipe: Fool Proof Soft Boiled Egg

IMG_5818My aunt got me a subscription to Cooking Light for Christmas and the first issue arrived on Thursday. As I was flipping through I saw this photograph of a delicious plate of pasta topped with a gooey soft boiled egg. The recipe looked yummy but it was the soft boiled egg I was after.

Over the past few years I’ve become obsessed with soft boiled and poached eggs. There are a zillion different methods to cooking these but somehow perfecting it remained a mystery to me. Until now! I finally found a fool proof recipe!


Bring 3 inches of water to boil. Add your egg and boil for 5.5 minutes.


After 5.5 minutes, immerse your egg in an ice bath for another 5 minutes.


Peel your egg. You’ll be able to feel how soft and gooey the center is so be gentle!


Also, the egg will be cold at this point. I gently ran mine under warm water for 30 seconds to heat it back up. Don’t feel like you have to though; it’s perfectly delicious cold and if you eat your eggs with toast it’ll be warm enough.


Delicious, creamy, and perfectly cooked. The gooey yolk tasted like a creamy cheese, seriously so yummy! I can’t say enough about how easy and fool proof this recipe is. If you love soft boiled eggs, try it and I swear you’ll use this recipe forever.

Author: Domestocrat

I'm a lady who enjoys photography, football, cooking, long drives with the windows down, This American Life, kettlecorn, hot yoga, pop punk, my nephews, my cat Reggie, and my home: Boston.

3 thoughts

  1. letting standing water do all the work is the way to go! just like when i hard boil eggs, i bring cold water (egg in) to a boil, turn it off, and leave it that way covered for at least 10 minutes. so easy and no guessing!

    my dad used to make me soft boiled eggs for breakfast all the time, i’d smash it up in a bowl with torn up bits of buttered toast. YUM. poached eggs though, are still beyond me. J swirls them in boiling water and they come out perfect every time, i don’t think he even knew he was a master poacher, he calls them dropped egg on toast!

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