Simple Soft Boiled Egg Recipe

What appears to be a simple soft boiled egg recipe can be deceiving. Most cooks don't realize that even this simple task requires a certain amount of attention. Unfortunately, it's easy to over-boil an egg. This will cause the egg to become rubbery, not to mention the yolk will be hard-boiled.

A soft-cooked yolk requires about three minutes for a medium egg and about four to five minutes for a larger egg. When making soft boiled eggs, you can use fresh eggs or older eggs without a problem. While fresh eggs are harder to peel and are generally not the best eggs to use for hard-boiled eggs, they work well for soft-boiling because you will not be peeling the eggs. Instead, you will be eating the egg straight from the shell with a spoon.

If you would like to use a fresher egg, you'll need to find out just how fresh the egg is. To determine the freshness of an egg, place it into a pan of water. If it sinks, it is fresh. An old egg will stand on end because the air space in the egg increases as the egg ages. More air means the egg will begin to float.

Soft Boiled Egg Recipe

Ingredients You Will Need:
Eggs
Water
Salt

Equipment You Will Need:
Deep saucepan
Egg cups
Egg scissors (or knife)
Spoon

Place the eggs into the saucepan, and then add enough water to cover them. Sprinkle a little salt into the water, and then bring the water to a boil. Medium eggs will need about three minutes of boiling time and large to extra-large eggs will need about four to five minutes. Remove the eggs immediately, and serve in egg cups.

A soft boiled egg that has been cooked correctly will have a firm white, but a runny yellow. Soft boiled eggs are served in egg cups, with the small side of the egg facing downward. After the egg has been placed into the egg cup, simply top it by snipping off the top third of the egg with egg scissors or with a sharp knife. Eat the egg with a small spoon, straight from the egg cup.

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