There’s a day for everything now isn’t there?
And today it’s the turn of the humble egg.
Yes it’s World Egg Day (don’t laugh).
But how many minutes does it take for the perfect soft-boiled A.K.A. dippy egg?
Here we look to some of the world’s best known chefs for the answer.
Delia says you need a small saucepan – or a size depending on how many eggs you wish to cook – filled with enough water to cover the eggs by around 1cm.
Bring the water up to boil and “gently lower” the eggs from room temperature into the water using a tablespoon.
She then advises to simmer the eggs for one minute – before removing the pan from the heat and placing on the lid.
Delia recommends then leaving the eggs for six minutes (for a liquid yolk and white that is set yet still wobbly.)
And seven minutes for a more creamy yolk and completely set white.
Jamie tweeted his timings last October along with a handy video.
He recommends boiling the water in a saucepan, adding a pinch of salt and gently lowering the egg/s into the pan.
The key is keeping a close on the timings he reckons.
He said: “You can’t get much better than a well-boiled egg with dipping soldiers for breakfast or brunch.
“Whether you like them soft or hard-boiled, get them spot-on by keeping an eye on the cooking time.”
His timings are (for a large egg) as as follows:
Soft yolk – five minutes
Soft/firm yolk – seven and a half minutes
Hard boiled – ten minutes
“Soft boiled eggs are, as the name suggests, soft in the centre so they are usually served warm and have runny yolks,” says Nigella’s website.
Nigella cooks this type of egg in her recipe for Egg And Bacon Salad and suggests putting the eggs into a saucepan of cold water and bringing the water to the boil over a medium heat.
She then advises letting the pan boil for one minute, removing the pan from the heat and letting the eggs sit in the hot water for 10 minutes.
So there you have it.