Soft boiled eggs served with soldiers

Soft boiled eggs

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Cook: 4 mins - 7 mins


Serves 1

Struggle to make perfect soft-boiled eggs with a runny centre? Just follow our foolproof recipe, then serve with toast soldiers or in a salad niçoise

Nutrition and extra info

  • Gluten-free
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: Per serving

  • kcal191
  • fat13g
  • saturates4g
  • carbs0g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre0g
  • protein19g
  • salt0.5g


  • 2 large free-range eggs, at room temperature



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition packed with protein and a…

  • toast to serve


  1. Fill a medium sized saucepan with water and bring to a rolling boil. 

  2. Make sure your eggs aren't fridge cold. By having the eggs at room temperature, it will be less of a shock for the egg reaching the hot water and therefore less likely to crack. You can also use an egg pricker to make a very small hole in each egg before boiling, which will also reduce the chances of it cracking in the heat. Slowly lower the eggs into the water using a spoon.

  3. Set your timer for 4-5 mins for runny/dippy eggs to serve with soldiers, or 6-7 mins for soft-boiled eggs for a salad. If serving in a salad, plunge the eggs into a bowl of cold water as soon as the timer goes off – this will stop them cooking and cool the shells quickly for peeling. 

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Richard Barlow's picture
Richard Barlow
4th May, 2020
Not much of a recipe, you just need to know how long for your pan/hob combination. I can't believe anyone is unable to boil an egg. Another thing, they don't have to be accompanied with soldiers- I serve International Peace Keepers, the UN, the good boys in blue. Oh, and only good butter.
24th Jul, 2020
Cheer up Richard, it must suck judging people by your own standards. Not everyone can boil an egg - there was a time where you didn’t know how to either, you may have been lucky enough to have someone teach you, others have to learn elsewhere.
9th Jul, 2020
Please do not make assumptions. I completely agree with Imogen. We have to learn. Maybe you know how to make eggs but other people don't. If you don't like a recipe then please find a new one.
Imogen Owolade's picture
Imogen Owolade
13th Jun, 2020
Why are you looking at recipes for boiled eggs then? Everyone has to learn for the first time how to make one, it’s not knowledge you’re born with.
9th Jul, 2020
Clap clap
Matthew Goldwater's picture
Matthew Goldwater
21st Jun, 2020
Big up Imogen!
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