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Martha's Soft-Boiled Eggs

Recipe photo courtesy of Beatriz DaCosta

Despite its name, the boiled egg shouldn't be boiled throughout the cooking process -- a method that yields a rubbery result -- but rather brought to a boil and then immediately removed from heat. Serve with buttered toast.

Source: Comfort Food



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  • doriseide
    23 JAN, 2018
    No adjustments necessary. I’ve been doing soft boiled Martha’s way for so many years and they are perfect every single time. Might extend the time by a minute for very large or less for small eggs. Perfecto every time. Thanks Martha.
  • MS12151559
    28 DEC, 2017
    Way too overcooked. Not at all soft boiled.
  • valeriemosolgo
    23 SEP, 2015
    I followed this recipe exactly and it worked well. The moment several big bubbles started rising from the bottom of the pan (as opposed to just simmering) I took it off the stove and set the timer for 2 minutes and ate right afterward. The yolk was creamy/slightly more liquid in the middle and a bit firmer around the outside, just the way I like it. I imagine if you took it off after 1.5 minutes it would be creamy/runny all the way through. (side note: I live at sea level)
  • tdmartens
    19 APR, 2015
    This is the way to make perfect soft boiled eggs.
  • dcarns
    5 MAR, 2015
    Honestly the easiest and best approach to *soft* boiled eggs. The instructions are pretty straightforward and they eggs came out wonderfully soft-boiled on the first try.
  • Andrew Wood
    21 OCT, 2012
    Do not follow this recipe unless you want hard boiled eggs! Martha owes me some eggs as I did not want hard boiled eggs.
    • Cheryllion
      22 FEB, 2015
      Did you leave them for 1.5 minutes or for 11 minutes?
  • Zert
    22 DEC, 2014
    Great method for hard-boiled eggs. Many recipes for hard-boiled eggs result in undercooked yolks, but this method guarantees firm, hard centers. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm craving soft-boiled eggs and need to go find instructions for how to make them.
  • MS10507232
    13 DEC, 2014
    Works for me. I am eating my perfect soft-boiled eggs right now. I stood over the pan and followed the recipe exactly. Just as boiling started, I removed the pan from the cooktop, covered and set the timer for 1.5 minutes and stood over the eggs like a watchdog. At 1.5, I drained the pot, ran a little cool water over the eggs and cracked them over for eggs that had very slightly cooked yellow with quite a bit of thickened yellow real solid and not watery, runny. Just perfect .
  • tiffanybabbs
    5 OCT, 2014
    This is utter clap-trap. I thought the whole process was too much for soft boiled eggs and I was completely right! They were hard boiled eggs!! Want soft boiled eggs? Follow a different recipe to this! Martha is totally wrong here and my breakfast is ruined! Egg tuna salad for lunch I guess!!! >:(
    • Bankerssilvermoon
      17 NOV, 2014
      I followed the directions to the letter. I do like my eggs a little softer and I did give them a cold water bath at the end of the 1 1/2 minutes to stop the cooking process. They did cook to my liking. These are the perfect soft boiled eggs.
    • K2715
      16 OCT, 2014
      I also wonder if user tiffanybabbs completely removed the pot from the heat? Or kept it boiling or simmering or on an electric burner? Contrary to her opinion that the recipe is clap-trap creating hard boiled eggs, I found my eggs, straight out of the refridgerator needed a bit more than 2 minutes to get the white cooked to my liking.
    • K2715
      16 OCT, 2014
      I wonder if poster tiffanybabbs5 misread the instructions like I first did. It's 'ONE and A HALF' to TWO minutes, NOT eleven. You'll defintely get great, almost fully hard boiled eggs at 11.5 minutes with this process. Either that or the stove used was slow to get to boiling.
  • scottholly505
    30 MAY, 2014
    This is the best process for soft boiled eggs I have ever used! I live at altitude and was afraid to take them out too soon. If uncooked they would be ruined. I took a deep breath added a few secs over 2 minutes, then drained them and rinsed with cold water It worked brilliantly!! The whites were completely cooked the yellow was soft. It was heaven. The first egg was softer and the second slightly more cooked. The third was more cooked , if you want them runny, rinse with cold water promptly.

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