Wondering how to make soft-boiled eggs? We’ll tell you all about it!
We always hear about hard-boiled eggs, but soft-boiled eggs are a thing too.
Hard-boiled eggs have firmly cooked whites and yolks. Soft-boiled eggs feature a runny yolk and usually, firm whites.
We just called it “egg in a glass.”
My mom served the soft-boiled egg in a shot glass, with a small plate underneath. My brother and I thought it was so cool!
As you can guess, you don’t need to cook soft-boiled eggs for as long as hard-boiled ones.
How to Soft Boil Eggs
- Bring a few inches of water to a boil in a pot over medium high heat.
- Lower the heat to a simmer.
- Carefully add your eggs to the simmering pot.
- Boil the eggs for 5-6 minutes.
- Remove the eggs with a slotted spoon and place them in a bowl of ice water to cool off.
- Either peel the eggs or just slice off the tops, so you can dip your toast inside.
- Store soft-boiled eggs in the refrigerator for up to four days.
How to Make Soft-Boiled Eggs in the Microwave
IMPORTANT: You’ll need to poke a tiny hole in each egg first, so they don’t explode from the pressure.
- Fill a microwave-safe bowl or large measuring cup with water, enough to cover your eggs by one inch.
- Use a safety pin or thumbtack to very gently poke a tiny hole in one end of each eggshell.
- Fully submerge the eggs in the water in your bowl.
- Place in the microwave and heat on 50% power, covered for 4 minutes.
- Remove the eggs from the water immediately and place them in a bowl of ice water to cool.
- Peel the eggs or slice off the tops and serve them in shot glasses/egg cups so you can dip your toast inside.
- Refrigerate leftover soft-boiled eggs in their shells for up to four days.
If you prefer runny egg yolks instead of firm ones, soft-boiling your eggs is the way to go.
We recommend eating soft boiled eggs right away. Wonder how long hard-boiled eggs will last? We've got that answer too.