The secret to the perfect soft boiled egg? Using the Fast Start method – lowering the egg into gently boiling water and boiling it for exactly 5 minutes.
Ahh, the perfect soft boiled egg: delicate egg white enveloping a warm, creamy, thick-yet-runny yolk. So good!
I’ve always loved soft boiled eggs, but I never really learned how to make them. It always seemed like such a fuss, having to watch the pot until the very minute the water starts boiling, because every minute counts when it comes to achieving the perfect soft boiled egg.
That’s why I’m so grateful to Margaret McArthur, who wrote about her own experiences. Her humorous piece finally taught me how to cook the perfect soft boiled egg!
The secret? Using the Fast Start method! Which means lowering the uncooked egg into gently boiling water, rather than the more widely acceptable Slow Start method of placing a room temperature egg in cold water and bringing it to a boil.
Once you place the egg in the boiling water, all it takes is 5 minutes of gentle boiling and the egg is ready. Thick yet gooey yolk, creamy white – it’s the perfect soft boiled egg!
To keep this low carb, I serve soft boiled eggs with toasted and sliced low carb English muffin. Another great keto way to enjoy soft boiled eggs is to dip crispy oven baked bacon in the runny yolks! (Here’s how to bake bacon in the oven).
But are soft boiled eggs safe? There’s always a small risk of salmonella when eating undercooked eggs. For most healthy adults, the risk is very small and the illness, if contracted, is fairly mild. But for anyone with a compromised immune system, as well as for pregnant women and children under 5, the risk is probably not worth it. You know yourself and your family better than anyone, so it’s up to you to do your research and make an informed decision.
Perfect Soft Boiled Eggs
- 2 large eggs
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Remove the eggs from the fridge.
- In a small pot, bring water to a boil over high heat, then lower heat to medium-low, for a gentle boil. (How much water? Depends on your pot. Should be enough to fully cover the eggs).
- Using a slotted spoon, gently lower the eggs into the water.
- Gently boil the eggs, uncovered, for exactly 5 minutes.
- Use a slotted spoon to gently but quickly remove the eggs from the water. Place in egg cups.
- When cool enough to handle, slice the top with a sharp knife.
- Perfection achieved! A cooked white, and a thick, runny yolk! Sprinkle with salt and pepper and dig in, with a spoon, or with toasted and sliced low carb English muffin.