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How to Cook a Soft Boiled Egg

Learn how to cook a soft boiled egg on the stovetop and in the Instant Pot. Using our step-by-step guide, you can make perfectly soft-boiled eggs with firm egg whites and deliciously gooey yolks. 

We use them to top everything from toast to soup, salad, and grain bowls

A perfectly cooked soft boiled egg cracked open.

Soft-boiled eggs make me think of my granny; serving them transports me to her kitchen in the 90s. I can see her cracking into the soft-boiled egg she would eat with half a grapefruit or sliced tomatoes.

It doesn’t matter how you decide to eat them; soft-boiled eggs are perfect as is or use them to dress up your favorite dish. They also add protein and healthy fat to any meal.

HOW TO COOK A SOFT BOILED EGG 

HOW TO COOK A SOFT BOILED EGG ON THE STOVETOP

SIMMER – Add cold water to a saucepan, cover, and bring it to a simmer over medium-high heat.

Lower the eggs into the water.

ADD – Lower the eggs into the water straight from the fridge; you want them to be chilled.

Cook for 6 minutes.

COOKCover and cook for 6 minutes.

Add the eggs to an ice bath.

CHILLRemove the eggs and immediately add them to an ice bath.

HOW TO COOK A SOFT BOILED EGG IN THE INSTANT POT

Add the water and eggs to an Instant Pot.

ADD – Place the eggs in a single layer on the trivet in an Instant Pot and add 1½ cup of water.

PRESSURE COOK – Secure the lid and set it to manual low pressure for 2 minutes. Then, allow the Instant Pot to release naturally for 1 minute followed by a quick release.

Add the eggs to an ice bath.

CHILLRemove the eggs and immediately add them to an ice bath.

COOKING TIPS

  • The more eggs you add to the water, the slower the cooking process will be. I recommend cooking no more than four eggs at a time.
  • Use a slotted spoon to lower the eggs into the water and prevent them from cracking.

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Multi-colored eggs on a hand towel.

HOW DO YOU EAT A SOFT BOILED EGG?

  1. Add the egg to an egg cup (or a shot glass).
  2. Use a small knife or spoon to crack the top of the egg.
  3. Cut an opening using a knife and remove the top of the egg- careful not to pierce the egg.
  4. Use a small spoon to scoop it out or dip some toast right in.
  5. If you want to peel the egg, insert a small spoon into the opening and gently slide it around the egg to loosen the shell; peel and enjoy!

SERVING SUGGESTIONS 

WHAT TO DO WITH THE LEFTOVERS 

  • STORAGE – Soft boiled eggs in the shell will keep for 2 days.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 

How long does it take to soft boil an egg?

These cooking times are for preparing eggs on the stovetop.
Runny: 4-5 minutes
Gooey: 6 minutes
Jammy: 6½-7 minutes

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A perfectly cooked soft boiled egg cracked open.

How to Cook a Soft Boiled Egg

Tressa Jamil
Learn how to cook a soft-boiled egg on the stovetop and in the Instant Pot. Using our step-by-step guide, you can make perfectly soft-boiled eggs with firm egg whites and deliciously gooey yolks.
Cook Time 6 mins
Total Time 6 mins
Course Preparations
Cuisine European
Servings 4 Eggs
Calories 70 kcal

Ingredients
  

For the Stove-Top:

  • 4 large eggs, chilled
  • 3 liters water

For the Instant Pot:

  • 4 large eggs, chilled
  • cup cold water

Instructions
 

For the Stove-Top:

  • Add cold water to a saucepan, cover, and bring it to a simmer over medium-high heat.
  • Lower the eggs into the water straight from the fridge; you want them to be chilled.
  • Cover and cook for 6 minutes.
  • Remove the eggs and immediately add them to an ice bath.

For the Instant Pot:

  • Place eggs in a single layer on the trivet in an Instant Pot and add 1½ cup of water.
  • Secure the lid and set it to manual low pressure for 2 minutes. Then, allow the Instant Pot to release naturally for 1 minute followed by a quick release.
  • Remove the eggs and immediately add them to an ice bath.

Notes

  • Don’t Overcrowd: The more eggs you add to the water, the slower the cooking process will be. I recommend cooking no more than four eggs at a time.
 
  • Be Gentle: Use a slotted spoon to lower the eggs into the water and prevent them from cracking.
 
  • Web Story: Check out our web story for how long it takes to cook soft boiled eggs.
 
  • Nutrition Disclosure: The nutritional information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for professional advice.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 EggCalories: 70kcalProtein: 6gFat: 5gSodium: 65mg
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