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Soft Boiled Eggs

How to Soft Boil Eggs Perfectly


Soft Boiled Egg

Soft Boiled Egg

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There is something intensely cozy about a soft boiled egg. Cut off the top (as pictured) and eat with a small spoon or scoop out the tender egg with toast "soldiers." Or, peel the soft boiled eggs and use them much the way you might use poached eggs - to put on salads, smush onto lightly toasted bread, or serve at brunch.

Bring a small pot of water to a boil. Note that the water needs to be deep enough so the egg(s) will be completely submerged when added. Once the water is boiling, lower the egg(s) into the water. Adjust the heat to maintain a low boil or strong simmer. Cook for 4 minutes for runny yolks and barely-set whites, 5 minutes for set whites and runny yolks, 6 minutes for partially set yolks, 7 minutes for soft-set yolks.

Lift the egg(s) out of the water. To serve in a cup, use a sharp knife or egg cutter to cut off the top of the shell so you can eat the egg out of the shell. To serve peeled, peel the egg(s) under cool running water.

Note: This method assumes you're starting with eggs cold from the refrigerator; if you're starting with room temperature eggs, shave a minute off the cook times.

Try using soft boiled eggs in place of poached eggs on this Frisée Salad or on this Escarole Chickpea Stew. You can also add them to Cheese and Pepper Grits for a warming breakfast.

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