Learn how to make perfect soft hard-boiled eggs! Top them on toast or grain bowls, or sprinkle with salt and enjoy on your own.
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hard-boiled eggs” /> How to make soft hard-boiled eggs My method of
making hard-boiled eggs
couldn’t be simpler! Here’s how it works:
First, heat the water. Bring a medium pot of water to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium, so that the water keeps a soft boil.
Then, add the eggs. Using a slotted spoon, carefully lower the eggs into boiling water. Set a timer for 7 minutes.
While the eggs are cooking, prepare the ice bath. Fill a large container with cold water and add a handful of ice. When the timer turns off, remove the eggs from the hot water and immediately add them to the ice bath. Let cool for at least 3 minutes.
Finally, peel the eggs! Tap the bottom of a soft hard-boiled egg to remove some of the shell. Carefully slide a small spoon between the egg and its shell, and slide it around the egg to loosen the shell and remove it. I love this easy method of peeling a soft hard-boiled egg, but it can take a little practice to get it right. If you prefer, you can also peel the eggs with your hands, as I do in my hard-boiled egg recipe.
Repeat the peeling process with the remaining eggs and enjoy!
Perfect tips for soft hard-boiled eggs
- Cook them as you like. My definition of a perfect soft hard-boiled egg might not be the same as yours, and that’s okay! It all comes down to the consistency of the yolk. I like mine to be sticky and stuck, with some liquid parts and some parts starting to solidify. To achieve this texture, I cook mine for 7 minutes. If you prefer a liquid yolk, cook your eggs for 6 1/2 minutes.
- Beware of water. Have you ever cooked eggs in boiling water quickly? (I have.) Did they break? (They did.) In this recipe, make sure the water keeps a soft boil. It should be bubbling, but not so strong that the eggs bounce. If the water starts boiling too quickly, the shells will break against the bottom of the pot.
- Don’t skip the ice bath. For convenience, it may be tempting to skip the ice bath in this recipe. But trust me, I wouldn’t ask you to do this step if it wasn’t necessary. The ice bath stops the cooking process, so the eggs keep their liquid yolks worthy of craving and make them much easier to peel. It’s super easy and worth it.
Suggestions for Serving Soft Hard-Boiled
EggsThere are so many ways to enjoy a perfect soft hard-boiled egg! If you’re feeling fancy, don’t even bother peeling it. Instead, put it in an egg cup and use a spoon to break the shell and remove the upper quarter of the egg. Sprinkle it with salt and pepper, all the seasoning of bagel, or za’atar, and eat it directly from the peel.
A soft hard-boiled egg is also a great dressing for larger dishes. I especially love adding one to avocado toast and grain bowls, like my Power Bowl or the Farmers Market Breakfast Bowl. Try these recipes, or have fun creating your own bowl with these components:
- A hard-boiled egg! It will add richness and protein.
- A grain. Think white, brown or black rice, quinoa, farro or wheat berries.
- Vegetables. Anything goes! Experiment with fresh vegetables, stir-fried mushrooms, roasted broccoli, cauliflower, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts, asparagus and more.
- And a hearty sauce. Tie it all together with ginger and sesame dressing, gochujang sauce, peanut sauce, homemade Italian dressing or lemon vinaigrette.
Let me know which combinations you try!
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