The perfect soft-boiled egg should have firm, custard-like whites and a warm, runny yolk. An egg like this is just right for scooping daintily from the shell and eating with buttered toast soldiers, an experience that always feels simultaneously sophisticated and happily childlike to me.
Prep time 10 minute(s)
Cook time 10 minute(s)
Total time 20 minute(s)
Yield 4 serving(s)
A good soft-boiled egg really comes down to timing. Bring the water up to a boil, then lower it to a rapid simmer. Add the eggs to the pot, and then begin timing. If you're just cooking one or two eggs, five minutes is perfect for a runny yolk, or cook as long as seven minutes for a more firmly set,