Soft Boiled Egg with Toast

Soft boiled egg in an egg cup on a plate, with a side of sliced toast. Cup of tea in the background.

A soft boiled egg is a breakfast classic for a reason. A barely set white with a runny yolk is perfect with a slice of toasted bread for dipping.

Time: 10 minutes | Servings: 1


  • 1 large egg

  • 1 or 2 slices bread

  • Butter, for bread

  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste



Bring a small saucepan of water to the boil. Carefully lower in the egg. Cook for 4 minutes.

Meanwhile, toast bread. Butter, and cut into strips. Remove egg from saucepan. Tap the wide end of egg with the back of a spoon until shell cracks. Remove the cracked top with the spoon. Season with salt and pepper and serve with toast strips.