Simple things are always the best. A good soft-boiled egg paired with warm toasted soldiers makes a simple yet sophisticated meal, perfect to enjoy at breakfast, lunch and dinner alike.

The perfect soft-boiled egg should have a creamy but firm white and a melt-in-your mouth runny yolk. It takes only 5 minutes to make your egg just right for scooping gracefully from its shell with a spoon, or directly with warm toast soldiers.

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One of the most easy meals ever invented, you can’t help but love a nicely done soft-boiled egg. It’s light yet packed with proteins, cheap, super easy and speedy. Pair it with a colorful salad for a quick, well-balanced and fulfilling meal and enjoy any time of the day!

To make a soft-boiled egg like a pro, follow these easy tips:

– Choose super fresh eggs, with a similar size to ensure they’re cooked evenly
– Use eggs at room temperature. If you store eggs in the fridge, take them out one hour before cooking
– To make sure your eggs are cooked to perfection use a timer instead of a clock. Soft-boiled eggs are all about timing.
– Poking a hole on the top of the eggs with a needle or egg puncher before you start prevents the eggs from cracking, but if you lower the heat to a light simmer when the water boils they shouldn’t crack either.
– Bring to a boil enough water to completely cover your eggs
– When the water boils, plunge the eggs into it with a spoon and allow 5 minutes of cooking before taking them out of the water
– Add a dash of vinegar or lemon juice to prevent the eggs are diluted in water if by any chance the shell cracks
– If you prepare more than 2 eggs at once, allow a few seconds more cooking time
– If you wish to prepare them ahead to enjoy later, keep them in a water bath at 60°C

How to Cook A Soft-boiled Egg
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Recipe type: Starter
Cuisine: Quick Meal
Serves: 2
  • 1-2 eggs
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • bread cut into strips and toasted, to serve
  1. Bring a pan with water to a boil.
  2. When water boils, lower the heat to a gentle simmer.
  3. Place the eggs on a slotted spoon and carefully lower them into the boiling water.
  4. Allow to simmer for 5 mins.
  5. Remove eggs with a slotted spoon and immediately place under cool running water to stop the cooking process.
  6. Transfer eggs on egg-cups. To remove the cap, gently tap around the top with a dented knife or use an egg-cutter.
  7. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy straight away with toasted bread on the side.

How do you like to cook your soft-boiled eggs? Let me know if you’ve followed my tips by leaving a comment here below! Or even better, take a picture, tag it #thepetitecook and share it on Instagram! I can’t wait to see your foodie shots! 🙂

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