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How to Cook a Soft Boiled Egg

Updated on July 28, 2017
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Lena Kovadlo is a writer for various content-sharing websites. She's an author of 12 books and helps other authors publish theirs.


Eggs are a very popular dish when it comes to breakfast. There are many ways to prepare eggs. The more popular choices are omelets, eggs sunny side up (or over-easy), or hard boiled eggs.

I love eggs any which way, but my most favorite way to enjoy them is soft boiled - when the whites are firm but not too hard and the yolk is liquid. I don't even mind if there is a little liquid egg whites inside the egg. It still tastes great.

There is no reason to be afraid of consuming a soft boiled egg. It is delicious, nutritious and safe to eat. If people drink raw eggs you can definitely eat a soft boiled egg without worry. Nothing will happen to you if you do.

soft boiled egg
soft boiled egg

How to cook a soft boiled egg?

Cooking a soft boiled egg is easy. All you have to do is place an egg into a small pot, fill with cold water, and place on medium heat. Once the water in the pot starts to boil, let the egg cook for 1.5 minutes. When done, turn off the heat, carefully pour the water out of the pot, take out the egg, place it into an egg holder and enjoy. If you like, what you can do instead is just take out the egg from the pot with a big spoon without having to spill the water out. This way you don't have to worry about the egg falling out of the pot and there's less to do as well.

To eat the egg, place it into an egg holder. Simply hit the top part of the egg with a teaspoon (but not too hard). Then remove the cracked top shell so there is enough opening to insert your teaspoon into and discard. When done gently ease the tip of your teaspoon into the top of the egg whites and move the teaspoon all the way through to the other side. Remove the top part of the egg (the egg whites) and eat it. Now you are ready to enjoy the rest of the egg.

If you don't have an egg holder what you can do is crack the egg in half and scoop everything out into a small bowl. Then add some sea salt, mix and enjoy.

Sometimes if the egg is jumbo size cooking it for 1.5 minutes may not perfectly cook the egg leaving the egg whites not fully cooked and therefore a bit liquid. In that case you may want to cook the egg a little bit longer. I'd say no more than for ten to fifteen seconds. Of course you can't really know if the egg whites are completely cooked through or not until you actually crack open the egg and start to eat. So, if cooking the egg for 1.5 minutes leaves the egg whites a little bit liquid you can still enjoy the egg. Just mix it with the yolk before you proceed eating.

soft boiled egg
soft boiled egg

Ways to enjoy a soft boiled egg

There are many ways to enjoy a soft boiled egg. The simplest way is to eat it by itself. You can either eat the egg from an egg holder or you can crack the egg, remove the yolk and the egg whites into a bowl, add a pinch of salt if you prefer, and enjoy it that way.

You can also enjoy your soft boiled egg my paring it with a side dish like sautéed vegetables or beet salad. That is what I love to do.

You can also pair a soft boiled egg with a buttered toast or fresh white bread topped with either Greek caviar spread, red or black caviar, or zucchini or eggplant spreads. You can't go wrong either way.

Since one egg may not fill you up, even if you pair it with some other food, go ahead and have yourself two soft boiled eggs.

Do you enjoy soft boiled eggs?

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    • sellmyhousedenver profile image


      2 years ago from Denver, CO

      Very helpful! Next I'll have to try them deep fried the way Snooze Eatery does them!

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      Cooper Harrison 

      2 years ago from San Francisco, CA

      Going to try this today - thanks!

    • lovebuglena profile imageAUTHOR

      Lena Kovadlo 

      6 years ago from Staten Island, NY

      You are welcome!

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      Vishakha Bajaj 

      6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this hub.

    • lovebuglena profile imageAUTHOR

      Lena Kovadlo 

      6 years ago from Staten Island, NY

      You are welcome Regis! Do you like soft boiled eggs?

    • rauffray profile image


      7 years ago from BC, Canada

      Thank you, Lena!


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