Perfect Soft Boiled Eggs

Total Time
Prep 2 mins
Cook 5 mins

When I want a soft boiled egg I want the yolk soft and the white firm. The boiling time has a lot to do with your elevation. 5 minutes is perfect for an elevation of 1100 ft (330 meters) if you are nearer sea level decrease the boiling time if at a higher elevation increase the time. I was surprised that there wasn't a recipe for soft boiled eggs posted (just one with saltine crackers) So simple as it may be I am sure there are many that struggle for the perfect boiled egg. Invest in an egg pricker, a little tool that will prick a small hole in the bottom of the egg allowing the air to escape, preventing the egg from cracking as it boils


  1. Bring the water to a rapid boil.
  2. add saltand keep it at a rapid boil.
  3. Prick the bottom (wider end) of the egg with an egg pricker
  4. Immerse in the boiling water and boil for exactly 5 minutes.
  5. Dash in cold water, crack & enjoy.
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I have just had two of the most PERFECT soft boiled eggs. It's been a very long time. I didn't have an egg pricker, but a safety pin worked just as well. Now I'll be able to enjoy my favourite eggs more often. You're a life saver Bergy. :) Honoured to make this as a "Thank You" for voting for Lawrencetown, Nova Scotia in the 2010 Kraft Hockeyville Competition.

Diana #2 April 03, 2010

At 2200ft I need just under 6 minutes to get that perfect yolk. Thanks so much for the tip on elevation changing the timing. I always wondered why 3min worked perfectly for my Granny (at sea level) and I could just NOT get it right!

kimmb September 15, 2011

I wanted a perfect soft boiled egg as my first real meal after a stomach bug. I used a safety pin to pierce the egg and cooked for 5 1/2 minutes. Perfect! Thank you!! I found this recipe using Google's new recipe search.

D'Andy Dear February 27, 2011