How to boil eggs with soft yolks

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How to boil eggs with soft yolks
Eggs contain vitamins B2, B12, B5 and D. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

A good source of protein, cooked eggs are essential items for a breakfast menu. These perfectly-shaped ovals are also a cherished icon of Easter, a spring holiday. There are two methods frequently used for boiling eggs, soft or hard boiling. Soft-boiling cooks the outside white of the egg but leaves the yolk soft. Hard-boiling cooks both the white and yolk solidly. A soft-boiled egg has a delicate flavour and makes the perfect accompaniment for toast points. The University of Maine recommends that you only soft boil eggs with an AA or A grade.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Small saucepan with tight-fitting lid
  • Spoon
  • Tea towel
  • Egg cup
  • Egg spoon

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  1. 1

    Place the egg gently in the saucepan. Fill the pan with water, just covering the egg.

  2. 2

    Turn a stove burner on high and place the water on the burner. Allow the egg to come to a boil.

  3. 3

    Flip the heat off and cover the saucepan with a lid. Set a timer for four minutes for a runny yolk or six minutes for a slightly runny texture.

  4. 4

    Remove the egg carefully with a spoon. Place the egg on a tea towel and dry it off. Place the egg in an egg cup.

Tips and warnings

  • Wash your hands after handling raw eggs.
  • Do not use eggs that are cracked or damaged.

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