Perfect Soft-Boiled Eggs Recipe

Perfect Soft-Boiled Eggs Recipe

[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

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.

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  • Active time: 5 minutes
  • Total time:15 minutes


  • 3 quarts water
  • 1 to 6 large eggs


  1. 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.