Perfect Soft Boiled Eggs

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Perfect Soft Boiled Eggs Recipe

Perfect Soft Boiled Eggs

Growing up, my Mum always told me how important it was to eat a good breakfast before heading off to school, and these Perfect Soft Boiled Eggs were always my top request. They still make it into my ‘top 5 breakfasts of all time’ today. I’m unsure if it’s the rich, runny yolk or the comforting memories they evoke, but these ‘Dippy Eggs‘ are a simple, satisfying way to start your morning.

  • Total Time: 6 mins
  • Yield: 4 1x


  • 8 large eggs (directly from the fridge)
  • Salt and buttered toast, cut into soldiers to serve


  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil. The pot needs to be large enough to fit the eggs in a single layer, with at least 3cm of water covering the eggs.
  2. Once the water is rapidly boiling, gently submerge the eggs (straight from the fridge). Set a timer for 6 minutes.
  3. As soon as the timer goes, remove the eggs using a slotted spoon and run them under cold tap water for 30 seconds. This will stop the cooking process and ensure your eggs are cool enough to handle.
  4. Use a butter knife or spoon to crack the top of the shell off. If you find the yoke to be a bit watery at the top, use a spoon to gently swirl it into the egg yolk, the residual heat will cook it through, and you will be left with a perfectly cooked soft-boiled egg.
  5. Season with salt sprinkled on top and serve with buttered toast soldiers.


Troubleshooting: If your eggs are cracking soon after hitting the water, try submerging them for 1 minute in a bowl of warm tap water first.

  • Author: Nicole
  • Cook Time: 6 mins

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