Soft Boiled Eggs and Soldiers Recipe

There is nothing more satisfying then boiling your own egg and making soft boiled eggs! I got much respect of my Dad when I presented him with a soft boiled egg, runny yolk and the white part cooked. There are so many ways of doing a boiled egg that it got quite confusing to find the right one to suit me. Luckily, an old friend in my early days of University, showed me such a fowl proof way of making soft boiled eggs, that I thought I’d share it with you.


Tips Before Cooking Your Egg:


  • Never boil an egg that has come straight from the fridge, it will crack as soon as it hits the hot water
  • Always use a timer to cook your eggs! Second guessing could result in an overly done egg or a very uncooked egg!
  • Although any sized pan can do, I would recommend using a small pan to reduce the likelihood of your eggs bashing against one another.
  • Please, please, please only use free range eggs.




  • 1 egg (any size)
  • Salt
  • Butter / Margarine
  • Gluten Free Bread (I used Glutafin)




  1. Boil the kettle and once boiled, pour the water into your pan and put on high heat until it starts to bubble 
  2. Once it starts bubbling, carefully and gently lower the egg into the pan (using a spoon) and leave to continue boiling  for 1 minute
  3. After 1 minute, quickly turn off the heat and place a lid over your pan (I couldn’t find a lid, so I used a bowl – anything can be used!) Leave it for 5 minutes
  4. Whilst waiting for your egg, this is the time to toast your bread. Once toasted, butter and cut into little strips (or soldiers)
  5. After 5 minutes, quickly and carefully take the egg out of the pan and onto an egg cup, with the knife, carefully cut the top of your egg. 

[sorry about the blurriness of the last picture]

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