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How to Make Soft Boiled Eggs

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Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 7 mins
Serves 2 to 4
Learn how to make perfect soft boiled eggs! With tender whites and runny yolks, they're a delicious snack or topping for toast, salads, and more.


  • 2 to 4 large eggs*
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper


  • Fill a medium pot with water and heat to a gentle simmer, just below boiling. Using a slotted spoon, carefully lower the eggs into the water and let simmer for 7 minutes (6 minutes for a runnier egg). Set a bowl of ice water nearby.
  • Remove and chill immediately in the ice water for a minute or two until the eggs are cool enough to handle.
  • Tap the bottom of each egg to crack off a little bit of the shell.
  • Take a small spoon and carefully slide it in and around the egg to loosen and remove it from the shell. This takes a little bit of practice to get exactly right. If your first eggs aren’t perfect, it’s ok. They’ll still be delicious!
  • Season eggs with salt and pepper, to taste.


*or as many or few eggs as you desire
Eggs may vary based on size, type, and freshness.