Try A New Breakfast With An Old Favorite

May 28, 2013   17 Comments

Are you bored with hard boiled eggs? Yeah, they are dull. Let me introduce you to an old friend.

Soft Boiled Egg Breakfast

This is a soft boiled egg and it seems our grandparents used to eat these. I hadn't met one until I traveled to Australia with my husband. This is a super way to slow down and enjoy an egg.

How do you make them? Well, I get my water boiling and then add my egg for 5 minutes. I found that I can get a consistently perfectly cooked egg this way that isn't too runny.

Below I have featured this cool gadget that I found on that makes egg boiling MORE FUN! Yes, they think of everything. You just pop this thing in the water with your eggs and it tells you how cooked they are by changing color. WHOA.

The real issue is how to serve them. I found some cool egg cups at garage sales, IKEA and Ebay - but they are hard to find. Some suggestions:

  • shot glasses
  • espresso cups
  • forget the cup and just mash it on toast

Then, there is the issue of spoons. Do you need anything else but a teaspoon? I find that egg spoons (below) are better for getting the entire egg out of the shell. They are also super cute and handy for eating ice cream. Smaller spoons equals smaller bites.

Try a soft boiled egg with a teaspoon before you invest in the egg spoons.

You scoop the egg out of the shell with the cute spoons. You do have to crack the egg in a certain way for all of this to work (it takes a couple tries before you become an expert). I found some great instructions here: How To Crack a Soft Boiled Egg.

I serve my soft boiled egg for breakfast with a few "soldiers" of Toast. Just cut your 100% whole grain Toast into strips to dip in in the egg. YUM!

Do you eat soft boiled eggs?


Soft Boiled Egg Recipe

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1 egg
salt for pan


Buy the freshest eggs you can find. Bring a small saucepan of water to a boil and add a dash of salt. Lower egg into boiling water with spoon to keep it from cracking.

Set timer for 5 minutes for a runny egg, 7 minutes for a harder one, and 10 minutes for a hard boiled egg. Remove egg from water with spoon and rinse under cold water. Place in egg cup and crack. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

One egg without toast is 63 calories, 4.4 g fat, 0.3 g carbohydrates, 5.5 g protein, 0 g fiber, 62 mg sodium, 2 Points+

Points values are calculated by Snack Girl and are provided for information only. See all Snack Girl Recipes

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Gosh I haven't had a hard boiled egg in a long time!

Yeah, Not comfortable with a soft yolk. I've had this problem since 2nd grade sleeping over my friends house and her mom made us Sunny side up eggs. I was horrified. I love hard boiled eggs now that I'm older (since sunny side up incident I couldn't eat eggs) But, I shall give your 7 min egg a shot as an in between. Wish me luck!

I'm not into the soft boil but I do like hard boiled eggs. I boil a dozen and keep them in the refrig. They are quick grab and go breakfast.

I discovered these last year, but haven't had them in a while now. The only way I've eaten them is mashed on toast! They are wonderful that way!

Yum- comfort food! I have loving memories of my mom making these for us kids when we were under the weather. "I'll make you a soft boiled egg on toast" she would say. :)

My mom used to make these when I was a kid. I had forgotten all about them! I just made one for my breakfast -- yum!

OK... I'm old! I remember eating these as a kid and loved the idea of eating an egg right out of the shell. I have made them as a grown up but not recently. Thanks for the wonderful memory!

Having experienced salmonella on a trip to Honduras, I am heeding the warnings against raw and undercooked eggs . . . just not an experience I'm eager to repeat. I have read, though, that there are pasteurized eggs, in the shell, and if I come across some, I'll try them.

LOVE LOVE LOVE soft boiled eggs - I go organic and on toast!

You can also try dipping some asparagus spears!

Like Denise, these were the food our mom made for us when we were sick as kids. They were always served with toast. I've never been able to cook soft boiled eggs well, but I'll try your method because I love them!

My grandma would always make her "little Edie" soft boiled eggs with toast everyday when I was little. She is now 92 and I am now 37 and she still offers to make me yummy soft boiled eggs!

I would like to poach my eggs for a nice change, but can't seem to find a decent egg poacher.

The Brits make "Toad in the Hole." Cut a hole in the bread with a bisquit cutter; toast the bread in the skillet with the egg in the center of the hole. Toast the "hole", too.

Omg, in my country (Denmark) everybody eats soft-boiled eggs! In my family we eat it very often, because it's so good. I can't imagine, that you only see it as a thing, your grandparents ate once! :-D

My Nana lived with us as we were growing up. She was from Glasgow Scotland and always told us that we should eat everything in moderation. Every single morning she had a soft boiled egg in her wooden egg cup (I still have) and 1 piece of buttered toast with it. Never 2 eggs or 2 toasts. Worked for her! Sounds like good advice 87 years later!! Love your wonderful posts Lisa.

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