How Do You Cook a Soft-Boiled Egg?


Quick Answer

A soft-boiled egg is cooked only for a short time in boiling water, just enough to set the egg's consistency. The process is different than cooking hard-boiled eggs, which sit in boiling water for a number of minutes.

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How Do You Cook a Soft-Boiled Egg?
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Soft-boiled eggs are a favorite breakfast treat. They are normally eaten directly out of the shell and are served in an egg cup. While it might be difficult for a novice to get a soft-boiled egg just right on the first try, the steps are quite simple. With some experience, it will be easy to perfect the technique.

  1. Prepare the pot
  2. Place the uncooked eggs in a small pot. Cover them with just enough water to reach 1 inch over the top of the eggs.

  3. Cook the eggs
  4. Place the pot over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Immediately turn off the heat and cover the pot. Leave it on the burner and let the eggs sit for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes.

  5. Serve the eggs
  6. Use a slotted spoon to remove the eggs from the hot water. Place them in an egg cup with the large end down. Crack the egg's shell around the top and remove. Use a small spoon to scoop out the soft-boiled egg. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

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