How To Make Soft Boiled Eggs

Egg yolk has an entirely different flavor once it is hardened, and for those of you who want the decedent taste of the runny yolk, without the grease that comes with frying, than take a moment to learn how to make soft boiled eggs.

The process involved in making a soft boiled egg begins quite similarly to the process required to cook a hard boiled egg.

To make soft boiled egges, you will need:

  • eggs
  • water
  • saucepan
  • stove
  1. This works best if your eggs are room temperature. Since most people store their eggs in the refrigerator, either leave a few on the counter for about a half hour or so, or simply run the eggs under hot tap water for about a minute.
  2. Fill a sauce pan with only enough water to cover all the eggs you plan to boil (do not fill it up to the top). Also, be sure not to use a very large saucepan. If the eggs bounce around too much, they will crack so try to use a pan appropriate to the amount of eggs you plan to cook. Add a pinch or two of salt.
  3. Bring water to a boil.
  4. Once the water is boiling, gently place the eggs into the water. The best method for this is to use a spoon, or ladle, as you don't want to burn yourself.
  5. After all the eggs are placed into the pot, the water will stop boiling. Once it gets back up to a gentle boil, begin the process of timing the eggs. Keep an eye on the speed of the boil. Try to reduce the heat to keep the water boiling gently so that you do not crack the eggs.
  6. Monitor the cook time. If you are using large eggs, cook for about 3 and a half minutes, medium sized eggs require only about 3 minutes to cook, and small eggs should be cooked no longer than 2 and a half minutes.
  7. As soon as the eggs have reached the desired cook time, remove them from the water and run them under cool water.
  8. Place in a small bowl or cup and serve with toast for dipping.

Please note that cook times for various stoves can vary. A soft boiled egg should have a solid egg white, and very runny and flowing egg yolk. If this is not what your eggs look like when you have finished, the times may need to be adjusted in one direction or the other. Also, be sure you begin timing the eggs from the moment the water re-boils AFTER placing the eggs in the pan. Do not begin timing when you add the eggs. This is a great meal by itself, or can be served with a full array of breakfast foods.

 

 

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