How to Cook the Perfect Soft-Boiled Egg


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The Food I Love

By Neil Perry

Published 2005

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There are many methods for boiled eggs. Some start with the egg being put in boiling water and then simmered for enough time to render it anywhere from soft to hard. Others start with the egg being placed in cold water, brought to the boil, and simmered for a shorter time to reach the same final result. I prefer to simmer for a short time and rest the egg in the hot water for a period of time. I believe this results in a softer-textured white. But it’s your choice as to which method works best for you – they will all give a similar result.

When boiling eggs it is important to use the freshest eggs available. Eggs should be stored in the refrigerator, as they last much longer than in the pantry. However, allow them to come to room temperature before cooking to prevent them cracking from the sudden temperature change.