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

Great soft boiled eggs! Thank you! We are at sea level but the 5 minutes seemed to work just fine. Used a needle to prick the egg shell. I was sure that putting the eggs in when the water was boiling was the correct technique; just wasn't sure about the time required. Also make sure you take into account whether the egg has come straight from the fridge or not. Best if you can have them out for a bit, to bring them closer to room temp before putting them in the boiing water.

Around_Here May 11, 2012

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