How to Make the Perfect Soft Boiled Egg & Soldiers

Everyone can boil an egg, right? Think again! Getting a soft boiled egg perfectly cooked can be very tricky. You need to boil it just enough so that the whites are firm and solid, whilst the yolk is soft and runny.

How to make the perfect soft boiled egg & soldiers |

If you’ve ever struggled with getting your soft boiled egg cooked perfectly, here is a list of tips which will help you get it right every time:

  • Fill your saucepan with water and bring to the boil. When boiling, turn the heat down to the next highest level and leave it for about 60 seconds.
  • Place your egg on a slotted spoon and place it over the saucepan for 10 seconds, letting the steam rush over the egg. Dip the slotted spoon into the  water, so it just brushes the egg and hold it there for 10 seconds. Doing this helps the egg get used to the temperature so it doesn’t crack.
  • Gently let the egg roll off the slotted spoon into the water. This is the tricky bit. Glance at a clock – you’re gonna need to time this exactly. If you’ve got no idea how long you need to boil your egg, start off by boiling your egg for half the time it takes for you to make a hard boiled egg.
  • Whilst the egg is boiling, slice your bread thickly and toast it how you like it. Remove it from the toaster, spread it with butter, and slice it into ‘soldiers’ which are thin enough for you to be able to dip them into the yolk.
  • When you think your egg is ready, remove it with a slotted spoon and place in an egg cup. Swiftly grab a sharp knife and tap a circle around the top of the egg to make a lid. Slice around the cracks you’ve created and remove the lid. The heat from the egg will continue to cook it for as long as the lid is kept on, so if it’s underdone, you can put the egg shell lid back on for a couple of minutes.
  • Sprinkle a little bit of salt into the egg and serve with the soldiers and a spoon!

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  1. Hannah says

    AMAZING! I love eggs and soldiers, they are a frequent dinner in our house (and it is just me and my husband!!), great to see it get some glory on your blog – love it!!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Hannah ♫
    Sew Lah Tea Dough

  2. Paul Wandason says

    Ah that explains it! I’ve always added the egg in cold water and brought to the boil. Never did seem to makes sense and it took longer to come to the boil in bigger pans. Now I can hope I won’t be cooking eggs which bounce their way across the kitchen worktop!

    I love your tip about putting the lid back on to cook the egg some more if it’s under-done!

    Any tips on how to not burn the water? Yes, I *really* am that useless in the kitchen! 🙂

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