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How to Make the Best Soft Boiled Eggs

Learn to make the best soft-boiled eggs with this fool-proof method! This method yields perfectly jammy yolks and easy-to-peel whites. Whether you're eating them as a snack, a quick breakfast or on top of toast, this is truly the best way to make eggs!

There are few dishes that don't benefit from being topped with an egg. Whether you toss a fried egg on Quinoa Pad Thai Salad or amp up the protein on a stack of Savory Zucchini Almond Flour Waffles, eggs add flavor, texture and their signature golden sauce to everything.

And if you know how to make easy soft-boiled eggs, you always have an easy and tasty protein option to add to your favorite dishes. So I'm excited to share my method for how to make the best soft boiled eggs.

Follow this simple recipe, and every time your eggs will come out:

  • With a soft, jammy yolk
  • Just-set whites that are tender, not rubbery
  • Easy to peel

three soft boiled eggs on a plate with corners of toast

How to Make Soft Boiled Eggs

There are a few keys to perfecting your jammy and soft eggs. Here's how to make them:

  1. Bring the water to a boil before adding the eggs. This helps prevent cracking.
  2. Set the timer for 6:30 as soon as the eggs are in the water.
  3. Immediately drain the eggs and cover them with cold water to stop the cooking process.
  4. Cool the eggs in the cold water for 5 minutes before peeling.

close up on avocado toast with soft boiled eggs and sesame seeds

Serving Suggestions

When I have a perfectly cooked egg, my favorite way to serve it up is on avocado toast. Add a sprinkle of Everything Bagel Seasoning for crunch and flavor.

Here are some other great ways to enjoy soft boiled eggs:

And honestly so many other ways! Think about how you might eat a hard boiled egg and a soft boiled egg can be exactly the same!

two plates of avocado toast with soft boiled eggs on top

My Favorite Egg Recipes

  • Quick Pesto Eggs
  • Ginger-Scallion Egg Drop Zucchini Noodle Soup
  • Easter Egg Salad with Quinoa

If you make these fool-proof Soft Boiled Eggs, be sure to let me know what you think with a comment below!

The Best Soft Boiled Eggs

4.9 from 10 votes
Learn the best way to make soft boiled eggs for toast, soups, stir-fries, salads and more.
author: Alyssa
yield: 2 servings
three soft boiled eggs on a plate with corners of toast
Cook: 7 minutes
Total: 7 minutes


  • 2 eggs
  • 4 - 5 cups water

to serve:

  • 2 pieces of toast
  • 1/2 avocado , mashed
  • flaked sea salt
  • everything but the bagel seasoning (if you can find it!)


  • Add the water to a small sauce pan and turn on high. Bring to a boil.
  • Once boiling, place each egg on a spoon and carefully drop it into the boiling water. Reduce the heat to medium-high.
  • Set a timer for 6:30.
  • When the timer goes off, drain the water from the pot and fill it with cold water to stop the cooking process.
  • Allow the eggs to cool for 5 minutes, then peel.
  • Serve them up on your piece of avocado toast, slice in half and enjoy!


Serving: 1toast + egg | Calories: 146kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 164mg | Sodium: 123mg | Potassium: 307mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 311IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 64mg | Iron: 1mg
cuisine: American
course: Breakfast

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