How To Make Soft-Boiled Eggs

Learn how to make soft-boiled eggs with this step-by-step video and easy recipe!

A step-by-step video and easy recipe for how to make perfectly SOFT-BOILED EGGS |

Hey friends! ¬†I’m back today with the second post in our week-long series on how to cook eggs, continuing on with a new video tutorial on…

…how to make SOFT-boiled eggs. ūüí• ūüí• ūüí•

Tomorrow, we’ll tackle the art of hard-boiling. ¬†But today, it’s all about those ooey, gooey, runny, delicious soft-boiled egg yolks. ¬†You know, those eggs that are the perfect topping for a freshly slice of avocado toast at breakfast, or maybe a nice and hearty green salad for lunch, or a piping hot bowl of¬†ramen for dinner. ¬†Or, of course, any delicious time you’re feeling like some extra protein in between.

Soft boiled eggs are always a winner.

So let’s talk about how to make them!

When it comes to boiling eggs, timing is everything. ¬†As I mention below, I highly recommend that you don’t chance it — set a timer the second those eggs go down in the water so that you can be¬†avoid having your eggs accidentally be over- or under-cooked. ¬†But hey, if you happen to forget to set a timer — or if you’re cooking a large batch of eggs and are nervous about how they’re doing — feel free to “sacrifice” one¬†egg in the middle of cooking by cracking it open to see if it has reached your desired level of doneness. ¬†Then you can either remove or continue cooking the rest of your eggs accordingly.

Also, the general rule of thumb¬†with soft-boiled eggs is to boil them for 5 minutes if you want the yolks¬†to be super-runny, or 7 minutes if you want the yolks to be a little more firm yet still soft and scoop-able. ¬†Or — hey — 6 minutes is always a lovely compromise.

Here are my best tips!

  • Use¬†Good Lookin’¬†Eggs:¬†As in, eggs that do not have any visible cracks.
  • Use¬†Older Eggs:¬†You can soft-boil fresh new eggs. ¬†But they tend to peel best if they are at least 3-5 days old.
  • Use Chilly Eggs:¬†This recipe is designed for eggs taken straight from the refrigerator, not warmed to room temp.
  • Don’t Crowd The Pan:¬†You want the eggs to be in a single layer on the bottom of the pan. ¬†So choose the size of your pan accordingly.
  • Set A Timer:¬†Timing for soft-boiled eggs is¬†everything. ¬†So don’t risk it — set a timer the second they go in the water, and you’ll be good to go.
  • Eat Warm:¬†Soft-boiled eggs are obviously best immediately¬†after they have been¬†cooked. ¬†So dive right in! ¬†:)

Happy soft-boiling!

Soft-Boiled Eggs

Learn how to make perfectly soft-boiled eggs with this easy recipe and step-by-step video tutorial!


  • 1 egg (refrigerator temperature)


  1. Fill a saucepan with about 3 inches of water. Heat over medium-high heat until the water reaches a rapid simmer.  Reduce heat to medium (or medium-low) to maintain the simmer.
  2. Using a slotted spoon, carefully lower the egg(s) into the water.
  3. Simmer for 5-7 minutes, depending on how runny you would like the yolk(s).  (5 minutes for a super-runny yolk, 7 minutes for a firmer-yet-still-soft yolk, adding an extra 20 seconds if you have more than 3 eggs in the pan.)
  4. Remove the egg(s) with a slotted spoon.  Place in an ice bath or run under cold water for 1 minute.
  5. Peel and serve immediately while the egg is still nice and warm.

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  1. Can your photos be any more specific? I’m loving this series so far, since the only eggs I can make are hard-boiled eggs! (and even THAT took years of trial…)

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  2. Tasha — April 4, 2017 @ 10:54 am (#)

    These tutorials are awesome! Somehow I’ve never learned how to cook eggs other than scrambled. ūüėā

  3. Suzanne Harkinson — April 4, 2017 @ 11:53 am (#)

    My father loved a soft boiled egg. His grandmother always made them for him. Your post reminded me of him today. Of course, he would have never eaten an avocado :)

  4. Sara @ Last Night's Feast — April 4, 2017 @ 12:01 pm (#)

    Thanks for this! I love your tutorials

  5. jordan @ dancing for donuts — April 4, 2017 @ 1:05 pm (#)

    THANK YOU for sharing this! soft boiled eggs are my all-time favorite, especially with avocado, but i haven’t mastered the correct amount of time to boil them for. you may have just saved my life (and my breakfast)!

  6. Bita — April 4, 2017 @ 3:04 pm (#)

    Yummies! I’ve grown to love soft boiled eggs- couldn’t stand ’em as a kid but now appreciate the tastes with just about anything – top of a burger, sure, with avo toast, yes please! I think I read someplace to cook for 2 minutes per egg? Does that sound right? The ice water afterwards is key! Thanks for sharing the video – your videos are super helpful. xo

  7. Kari — April 4, 2017 @ 5:55 pm (#)

    My husband & I love soft boiled eggs but I never seem to make them at home. I’ll have to save these tips!

  8. SandyToes — April 4, 2017 @ 11:12 pm (#)

    Hi Ali,

    I’m loving these guides, and those eggs are beautiful. Have you tried boiling eggs in your Instant Pot? All it takes is a cup of water and a steamer rack/basket. I promise these are the easiest-peeling eggs you’ll ever make. My timing is 5 minutes, quick release, then into ice water until cold for hard-boiled, 3 minutes for soft-boiled (2 for a runny yolk).¬†

    Bonus Рcooking potatoes and eggs at the same time for potato salad. 

  9. Sabrina — April 7, 2017 @ 5:00 pm (#)

    make this very recipe regularly and nice to have these guidelines since I “wing” it every time, sometimes too hard boiled for my taste and preference so nice to keep these times in mind for levels or hard boiledness, thank you!