Perfect Soft-Boiled Egg Recipe

It takes just six minutes to get firm whites and liquid yolks, every single time.


Perfect Soft Boiled Egg

Photograph: J. Kenji López-Alt. Video: Serious Eats Team

Why It Works

  • Using a slotted spoon to gently lower the eggs prevents them from cracking.
  • Exactly six minutes is just enough cooking time for the perfect soft-boiled texture.

Perfect soft-boiled eggs require the right technique. We cooked dozens and dozens of eggs before arriving at this method, which delivers eggs with tender whites and liquid yolks every single time.

Recipe Facts

Active: 5 mins
Total: 15 mins
Serves: 1 to 6 servings

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  • 3 quarts (2.8L) water
  • 1 to 6 large eggs


  1. Bring water to a gentle simmer in a medium pot. Gently lower eggs into water with a slotted spoon or strainer (do not drop eggs into water, as they might crack). Cook for exactly 6 minutes, then remove eggs with slotted spoon and serve.

Special equipment

Medium pot, slotted spoon

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