It might sound stupidly obvious, but surprisingly, the simple process of soft-boiling an egg is a perfect example why degrees of measurement are so necessary when it comes to cooking. A minute under and you’ll have a gooey mess, a minute over and that yolk won’t be so dippy! There’s a few different approaches, but this is how I do it.


  • Select a saucepan that’s deep enough to well and truly cover your eggs.

  • Place over medium-high heat and bring to a steady boil.

  • Use a spoon to carefully place each egg into the water.

  • Cook for 4 minutes.

  • Remove carefully and place in a bowl of cold water or run under the tap to stop the cooking process.

  • Serve alongside buttery soldiers and lots of salt and pepper.