Perfectly Soft-Boiled Jammy Eggs


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Perfect jammy eggs are your quick ticket to an effortlessly gourmet breakfast or snack! With just two ingredients and a total cook time of under 10 minutes, this recipe proves that simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

Recipe Description

This jammy eggs recipe excels because of its foolproof approach to achieving the ideal balance between firm whites and creamy, jammy yolks. Just 7 minutes of boiling followed by a quick chill to stop the cooking process ensures that every egg is just right. They are a versatile addition to a fresh spinach salad and avocado toast.

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Test Kitchen Notes

  • Egg Size and Freshness:

    • Size: Use large eggs as they are the standard size for most cooking times provided in recipes, including this one.

    • Freshness: Fresh eggs tend to have a more intact yolk and are less likely to break. However, slightly older eggs (about a week old) are often easier to peel once boiled.

    Water Temperature: Start with water at a rolling boil before adding the eggs. This helps with timing precision and prevents the eggs from cracking due to temperature shock.

    Timing: Precise timing is critical for achieving the perfect jammy texture. Seven minutes will generally yield the ideal consistency where the yolk is slightly runny but beginning to thicken. Adjusting the time by 30 seconds can make the yolk softer or firmer, depending on preference.

    Cooling Process: Immediately transferring the eggs to an ice bath after boiling is essential to stop the cooking process. This step also helps in contracting the eggs slightly from the shell, making them easier to peel.

    Peeling: Gently rolling the eggs on a flat surface helps crack the shell evenly, facilitating easier peeling. Start peeling from the wider end of the egg, where there is usually an air pocket, to make the process smoother.

    Serving Suggestions: Experiment with various toppings and seasonings such as flaky sea salt, cracked black pepper, smoked paprika, or even a drizzle of truffle oil to enhance the flavor. Serve with buttered toast or incorporate it into a salad with arugula, cherry tomatoes, and a balsamic glaze.

    Storage: If not consuming immediately, store peeled or unpeeled jammy eggs in a covered container in the refrigerator. They can be kept for up to two days. To reheat, submerge in warm water for a few minutes or halve them and give a quick sear on a hot pan for a warm, slightly crispy edge.


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Prep time 5mins
Cook time 7mins
Serves or Makes: 2 eggs

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  • 2 large pasture raised eggs (or as many as needed)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  • Step 1

    Begin by bringing a large pot of water to a boil over medium-high heat.

  • Step 2

    Fill a bowl with ice water and set aside.

  • Step 3

    Using a slotted spoon, carefully lower the eggs into the boiling water.

  • Step 4

    Cook the eggs for exactly 7 minutes, ensuring the water maintains a gentle boil throughout.

  • Step 5

    After 7 minutes, remove the eggs from the boiling water and immediately place them into a water bath consisting of cold water and ice. Let them cool in the bath for 2 minutes.

  • Step 6

    Remove the eggs from the water bath. To peel, gently crack the eggshells by rolling the eggs under your hand on a hard surface. Then, carefully peel off the shell.

  • Step 7

    Slice the eggs in half and serve as desired.