Recipe/ Vegetarian

She’s Got Skillz: Soft Boiled Eggs

Oh, good morning my loves.
If you’ve ever read anything by Anthony Bourdain, watched Hell’s Kitchen or MasterChef or even cooked at home for a decent amount of time, you’ll know there are some skills that absolutely indispensable to a chef.
fresh eggs
BTW – I’m currently (and finally) reading Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential. So true. Restaurants are a dirty, dirty place. And I’m not just talking about the food prep or the accidental blood in your food. I’m talkin about the back rooms, after hours, when the staff have more money (read: drugs, alcohol and libido) than they know what to do with. Seriously. Read this book. You’ll either be too grossed out to go out for dinner ever again, or be found in sheer awe of the fact that he’s risen to where he is today. If nothing else, it’s an enticing and honestly flabbergasting read. Something that should be added to this list from a few months back.
Where were we? Right. Skills. Nay. Skillz!
We must have particular, uh, skillz. Knowing how to hold a knife and dice an onion is one. Another is the difference between saute and steam. Over crowd a pan, you’ll steam those expensive yet tasty scallops rather than sear. And another, is knowing how to cook an egg.
Eggs are by far one of the most useful ingredients in our arsenal. With them you can make breakfast in a myriad of forms – scrambled, over-easy, eggs benny, omelet, frittata, pancakes, french toast. You can make lunch in the form of quiche or crepe. Or dinner in your stuffing, place one over polenta and meatballs, souffle or make chicken fried rice. And of course, enjoy in dessert: pot de creme, custards, cakes, flans, tiramisu, cookies. The list is endless. Eggs! 
If you’re unsure about which eggs to go select, you can disentangle types of eggs here.
Now. One of the best ways, in my opinion, to cook eggs is a simple soft boil. You can throw these babies over a salad, spread on toast or just munch on as a snack. 
The key, of course, is timing. Wait 30 seconds too long, you’ll end up with hard boiledness suitable only for crushing into an egg salad sandwich. Take them off the heat 30 seconds too early, you’ll have goopey whites. One word: Ew.
These are a delicacy and while these guys insist we “put a bird on it”, I’m convinced that if we “put an egg on it”, we take an otherwise ordinary dish to extraordinary places. Especially if they’re cooked the right way.

Soft Boiled Eggs

Yield 4 eggs


  • 4 Large Pastured Eggs, room temperature(ish).
  • Coarse Sea Salt & Fresh Cracked Black Pepper.


  1. Fill a medium sized sauce pan with cold water. Place over high heat.
  2. Allow the water to come to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium and gently place the room-temp eggs into the water.
  3. Simmer for 3 1/2 - 4 minutes. You will likely have to experiment with your stove once.
  4. Using a slotted spoon, remove from the water and place in an ice water bath immediately to stop the cooking process.
  5. After a few minutes, remove from the ice bath and you can eat them straight from the shell or peel and "put an egg on it"....whatever it happens to be.
  6. Make sure that either way you season with salt and pepper before consuming.
  7. Eat.


What skills do you think are important to the home chef? 
What do you put eggs on? What’s your favorite way to eat eggs?


  • Anonymous
    February 4, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    I NEED one of these.

      February 5, 2013 at 7:01 PM

      I love all things egg and egg related. I could eat them fried, hard boiled, scrambled, made into huevos, a quiche, as batter for french toast or really any which way.

      And now I’m freaked out about blood in my food.

  • kirsten@FarmFreshFeasts
    February 4, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    I could eat one of these perfectly soft boiled eggs nestled in an avocado half, with salt sprinkled over the whole mess. Yum!
    Thanks, Kristi!

  • Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe
    February 4, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    I love eggs. Lately I’ve been eating many a salad topped with a fried or hardboiled egg. Eating eggs fried or hardboiled is not necessarily my favorite way to enjoy them, but seems to yield the most consistent results. I’m going to have to try this soft boiled method! And don’t even get me started on soft poached eggs. That’s just been one disaster after another.

  • litlsis
    February 6, 2013 at 1:24 AM

    My favorite way to eat eggs is any way with salt and pepper. While I didn’t eat them all that often before, I DO miss eggs from time to time, and your post reminded me of all the reasons why. Delish.

  • France@beyondthepeel
    February 6, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    I put eggs on everything. Seriously, salad, rice, pasta, polenta, bread, burgers, tortillas, veggies…I think everything but dessert….
    Chopping is a big one. Learn to be efficient at chopping and cooking is much more enjoyable. I was over at a friends place and she always said she hated cooking. That day I watched her chop her veggies….wait for it…using a pair of scissors!
    No wonder she hates cooking. It was painful to for me and I was just watching.