Soft Boiled Eggs From Cold Water

soft boiled eggs from cold water
soft boiled eggs from cold water

Soft-boiled eggs are an obsession of mine. The whites are firm, while the yolk remains silky, creamy, and in a liquid gold state. It’s like a cross between butter and melted cheese – simply divine! And here’s the best part – soft-boiled eggs are not just for breakfast. You can enjoy them with toast, add them to bowl meals, use them as a topper for salads or soup, or simply savor them as a quick snack. I find myself adding soft-boiled eggs to almost everything I eat, regardless of the time of day. Intrigued? Let me show you just how easy it is.

A soft boiled egg cut in half on a blue background

Why We Love Soft Boiled Eggs

Soft-boiled eggs have captured my heart for several reasons. Their whites are firm, and yet their yolks remain silky, creamy, and in that golden state of perfection. It’s a texture and flavor that is truly divine. Moreover, soft-boiled eggs are incredibly versatile. They can be enjoyed with toast, added to bowl meals, used as a topper for salads or soup (ramen, anyone?), or simply savored as a quick snack. Trust me, once you try them, you’ll be hooked!

How Long Does it Take to Soft Boil an Egg?

The cooking time for soft-boiled eggs depends on several factors, such as the size of the egg and the boiling technique used. For large eggs straight from the refrigerator, it takes about six minutes to achieve a fully set white and a liquid yolk. If you prefer slightly softer, unset whites near the yolk, aim for 3-5 minutes. Adjust the cooking time accordingly based on the size of your egg. Other variables like high elevation, cookware, and water temperature can also affect cooking time. Start with six minutes for large eggs and adjust until you find your perfect soft-boiled egg.

Line up of eggs cooked for different amounts of time

How to Boil Eggs Fast

Waiting for water to boil can be time-consuming, but I have a trick to speed up the process. I use a combination of boiling water and steam. Instead of a full pot of water, I only use one inch of water, which quickly comes to a boil within a few minutes. The steam created by the boiling water surrounds the egg, cooking it just as effectively as a full pot of water. This quick steaming method allows you to achieve a perfectly soft-boiled egg in just six minutes. That’s about the same time it takes to make your coffee or toast a piece of bread.

If you’re interested in learning how to make soft or hard-boiled eggs using a full pot of water, check out my tutorial on how to make hard-boiled eggs.

Breakfast bowl with perfectly cooked soft-boiled eggs, spinach, avocado, tomato, rice, and sriracha

How to Make Perfect Soft Boiled Eggs – Step by Step Instructions

Add Eggs to Boiling Water

  1. Add one inch of water to a sauce pot. You only need one inch of water, so use the smallest pot that accommodates the number of eggs you’re making, allowing them to be in a single layer. If you’re cooking one or two eggs, a small pot will suffice, but you can use this method for any number of eggs. Place a lid on the pot and bring the water to a rolling boil over high heat.
  2. Once the water is boiling, carefully add the large egg(s) to the pot using tongs or a slotted spoon. This prevents burning your fingers.
  3. Put the lid back on the pot and set the timer for six minutes. The lid traps the steam, which surrounds the eggs with even heat, cooking them quickly and evenly.

Steam for Exactly 6 Minutes

  1. After exactly six minutes, turn off the burner and use tongs to transfer the eggs to an ice bath. Let the eggs cool until they’re no longer too hot to handle or keep them in the ice bath until you’re ready to eat. Avoid leaving them at room temperature after steaming, as they will continue to cook with the residual heat and the yolks will solidify further.

Place Soft Boiled Eggs in Ice Bath

  1. To peel the eggs, gently tap one on a hard surface to crack the shell, then peel it away carefully. The inside will still be liquid, and the egg will be soft and wobbly. Start peeling from the fat end, where there is often an air bubble that separates the shell from the whites, making it easier to separate the two. Rinse the peeled egg quickly to remove any shell fragments.

Peel Soft Boiled Eggs

  1. It’s time for that magical moment – cutting into the perfectly cooked soft-boiled egg and revealing the silky, runny yolk. The whites are completely solid, and the yolk is liquid perfection. It’s a sight that feels like winning the lottery!

How Long Do Soft Boiled Eggs Last?

Soft-boiled eggs in the shell can be stored in the refrigerator for approximately two days. If you want to reheat refrigerated soft-boiled eggs, repeat the initial cooking process but halve the time. Boil about an inch of water in a small saucepot, add the egg, and let it steam for just three minutes instead of six.

What to Serve with Soft Boiled Eggs

Soft-boiled eggs are incredibly versatile and can be paired with various dishes. They complement toast, bowl meals, salads, and soups brilliantly. The possibilities are endless, so let your creativity guide you in exploring ways to enjoy soft-boiled eggs.

Other Ways to Cook Eggs

Soft-boiled eggs are just one of the many ways you can prepare eggs. If you’re in the mood for something different, be sure to check out these other enticing options:


Q: How long should I cook soft-boiled eggs if I’m using smaller eggs?

A: The cooking time for soft-boiled eggs may vary based on the size of the eggs. For smaller eggs, start with four to five minutes and adjust as needed to achieve your desired consistency.

Q: Can I use this method to cook multiple eggs at once?

A: Absolutely! You can use this method to cook any number of eggs, as long as they fit in a single layer in the pot. Just make sure to adjust the cooking time if you’re cooking a larger batch.

As you can see, making perfect soft-boiled eggs is a breeze. With a few simple steps, you can enjoy these indulgent treats anytime, anywhere. So go ahead and elevate your culinary experience with Takeout Food’s delicious soft-boiled eggs. For more culinary inspiration and delightful recipes, visit Takeout Food.

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