How To: Perfect Soft-Boiled Eggs

I get asked all of the time how to make a good soft-boiled egg, so I figured it was time I wrote a post about it so you can do it perfect every time!

And time really is key here. Time and temperature. But if you have a timer and a bowl of ice water, then you're golden (and your yolk will be too).

How To: Perfect Soft-Boiled Eggs
  • Organic Pasture-Raised Eggs
  • Water (enough to cover the eggs)
  • Salt
  • Separate bowl of water with ice
  1. Let eggs sit out at room temperature for about 10 minutes before cooking.
  2. Prepare a large bowl of water with ice cubes and set aside.
  3. In a small pot, boil enough water to cover the eggs when they are submerged. Add salt to the water to facilitate boiling.
  4. Once the water is at a rolling boil, carefully lower the eggs into the pot (using a slotted spoon works well).
  5. Set a timer for 6 minutes for very runny egg, 7 minutes for a little less runny but still liquid.
  6. Once the timer goes off, using a slotted spoon, remove the eggs from the pot and transfer to the previously prepared ice bath (this stops the cooking process so that those yolks stay nice and runny).
  7. Allow the eggs to rest in the ice bath for at least 10 minutes.
  8. Remove the eggs from the ice bath and carefully peel (I like to roll the cooked egg on the counter to crack the shell, and begin peeling that way).
  9. Rinse the eggs once peeled to ensure all pieces of the shell are removed, then pat dry with a towel.
  10. Eat immediately or store in the refrigerator.

How To: Perfect Soft-Boiled Egg How To: Perfect Soft-Boiled Egg

How to cook a perfectly soft-boiled egg.