How to soft boil an egg video recipe

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One of the easiest types of egg to make, a soft boiled egg is a culinary classic.

How to soft boil an egg
  • healthy
Cooking Time4 mins
Total Time4 mins
Cost RangeCheap

One of the easiest types of egg to make, a soft boiled egg is a culinary classic.

Often the simplest things in life are the best and this recipe for how to soft boil an egg will show exactly that.

Pair your boiled egg with some toasty soldiers or some spinach for a hit of carbohydrates and protein. It's one of the healthiest ways to makes eggs as well, since you're not using any cooking oil.

Although they're mostly eaten for breakfast, you can take your boiled eggs into lunchtime with you with great recipes like this leek and egg salad - perfect if you're looking for something a little lighters.

There's no need to hang over the hob with these either, they can sit by themselves in the pan for around three minutes.


  • Saucepan of cold water
  • Slotted spoon
  • 1 fresh egg
  • Teaspoon
  • Egg cup
  • Pin




  1. Use the pin to pierce a hole in the bottom of the egg to stop it from splitting when it's cooking.
  2. Carefully place the egg into the pan of water, turn on the heat and bring the water up to a fast boil.
  3. Once the water is boiling, time the boiled egg for exactly 4 mins.
  4. After the 4 mins, take the egg out of the pan with the slotted spoon and place it into your egg cup.
  5. Use a teaspoon to crack and take the top of the egg.
Top Tip for making How to soft boil an egg video

The secret to a really good egg is perfect timing so watch that clock

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