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How to make a soft-boiled egg

As a young adult, I didn’t know there were hardboiled egg variations until I enjoyed my first ramen bowl. In the ramen was a perfectly cooked soft-boiled egg or “ajitama.” It was heaven! After that day, I experimented with cooking times, different ways to boil them, and researched tips to reach perfection. In this blog, I will share how to make a soft-boiled egg with yoke consistency options, and tips on peeling them like a pro.

How to cook

First, fill a small pot with water and bring it to a boil. Once the water is boiling, gently drop the eggs in. TIP: Make sure you pull the eggs out of the fridge before boiling the water, so their temperature has time to get closer to room temperature. If the eggs are too cold, they tend to crack when they hit the boiling water. Then, set a timer.

Cook times

I think the perfect soft-boiled egg time is 6 minutes, but everyone is different, so I’m going to show you what the yoke of different cook times look like, and you can choose for yourself.

5 minute egg, how to cook a soft-boiled egg
5 Min Egg – runny yoke with a soft egg white
6 minute egg, how to cook a soft-boiled egg
6 Min Egg – runny yoke with a gently firm egg white
7 minute egg, how to cook a soft-boiled egg
7 Min Egg – yoke has a light jiggle with firm egg white
8 minute egg, how to cook a soft-boiled egg
8 minute egg – yoke consistency is similar to cookie dough with a very firm egg white

TIP: Before your timer goes off, start prepping a bowl with ice water; I’ll explain. To achieve the most accurate cook time, you need to transfer your eggs immediately from the boiling water into a bowl of ice water. Otherwise, yoke consistency will vary from the heat being trapped by the eggshell.

Time’s up!

Once your timer goes off, remove the eggs from the heat and transfer them into the ice water to end the cooking process. I like to use a wire colander, but you can use whatever you prefer to transfer them. You only need to flash them in the ice water for about 15-20 sec, not long at all. Then, crack and peel the egg immediately.

TIP: If you do not peel them right away, yoke consistency may vary because the shell traps the heat and continues to cook the egg. It also helps ensure the egg white and the shell separate, making it easier to peel. From here, serve them with your favorite seasonings and enjoy alone or add them to another dish! If you need suggestions on what to pair your eggs with, check my blog 6 healthy breakfast ideas.

Well, easy peasy, right? I mean, you can always just buy an egg cooker, but where is the fun in that? So instead, try out the different cook times, and in the comments below, let me know which one is your favorite!

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