Quickie Wednesdays: Six Minute Eggs aka Perfect Soft Boiled Eggs

perfect soft boiled eggs

Way back in 2009 one of my best friends and I spent nearly three weeks trying to perfect soft boiled eggs. We went out and bought adorable egg cups from Crate & Barrel, we may have even bought the fancy egg scissors. We bought a nice loaf of bread.

And then we boiled three dozen eggs in all variety of methods.

At the end we had three dozen partially hard-boiled eggs and perhaps one perfectly soft-boiled egg.

We also had a strong aversion for eggs for a few months after that.

I don’t know that we ever actually figured it out all those years ago. But every time either one of us makes a perfectly soft-boiled (or poached for that matter) egg, we make sure to send a photo to each other. It is quite possibly the longest running inside joke that I know of.

perfectly soft-boiled eggs

Five years and many, many dozens of eggs later, I am here to share with you the perfect recipe for a soft-boiled egg. No testing of three dozen eggs on your own.

Here are my tips:

1. Use cold eggs

2. Watch that mother-flippin’ clock

3. Don’t try to cook too many at once

These peel beautifully for salads. It’s my favorite way to eat them.

Six Minute Eggs aka Perfect Soft Boiled Eggs
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Serves: 2
  • 2 cold eggs
  • 4-6 cups water
  • ice bath
  1. In a medium sauce pan add enough water to cover the eggs by about a half inch - approx. 4-6 cups.
  2. Bring water to a boil without the eggs in the pan. Once water is at a roiling boil, lower heat to medium.
  3. Using a slotted spoon, slowly lower the eggs in one at a time.
  4. Set timer for EXACTLY 6 minutes.
  5. After six minutes use slotted spoon to remove eggs from boiling water and set in an ice bath to keep from cooking further. Alternately, place eggs in a separate bowl and run cold water over them for 5 minutes.
  6. Once cooled you can either gently crack and peel the shells, or place in an egg cup and slice the lids off. ENJOY!


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  1. Mom says

    I haven’t had a dippy down egg in decades! I will have to make one soon … With toast sticks, of course.

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