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Perfect Soft-Boiled Eggs
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Ingredients (1)

  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature
Nutritional Information
  • Calories72
  • Fat4.76g
  • Saturated fat1.56g
  • Trans fat0.02g
  • Carbs0.36g
  • Fiber
  • Sugar0.19g
  • Protein6.28g
  • Cholesterol186.0mg
  • Sodium71.0mg
  • Nutritional Analysis per serving (4 servings) Powered by

To make perfect soft-boiled eggs, all you need are a saucepan, water, and—just as crucial as the eggs!—a timer. Since this is such a simple dish, use the best eggs you can find—we prefer organic, free-range eggs from the farmers’ market. Serve these in classic fashion, with buttered toast points for dipping.

For more, learn How to Hard Boil Eggs with our easy guide.


  1. 1Place the eggs in a saucepan and fill with enough cold water to cover. Bring the water to a boil, uncovered, over medium-high heat.
  2. 2As soon as the water comes to a boil, turn off the heat and cover the pan; let sit for 1 1/2 minutes (be sure to use a timer!).
  3. 3Remove the eggs with a slotted spoon and run under cold water for 1 minute.
  4. 4Set each egg in an egg cup, narrow sides up—or make one using uncooked rice or small dried beans in the bottom of a custard cup or small bowl.
  5. 5To remove the top, use an egg cutter, or gently crack the shell all the way around the narrow end with a small knife.
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