Cook perfect soft boiled eggs in an electric kettle

After some heart-thumping news, let’s tone it down a bit, shall we?

Here’s a simple trick that The Cowboy taught me on how to boil the perfect eggs without the stove or a pot.

Perfect Soft Boiled Egg
One morning, I was really craving soft boiled eggs. I was about to put some water on the stove in a saucepan when he asked me, “haven’t you cooked an egg in an electric kettle before?”

Well no sir, I have not. Y’see, he and I are equals on the food nerd scale. We know much too much technical knowledge and culinary newsflashes for our own good. In other words, we become equally skeptical and intrigued in the odd instance that the other person shares a kitchen pointer.

Perfect Soft Boiled Eggs' Yoiks

I watched with a raised eyebrow as he placed 3 eggs into the electric kettle. He submerged the eggs with an inch of water on top and turned on the appliance. After the water came to a boil, he turned on his timer and casually went back to his laptop.

When the timer went off, he strolled over to the kettle and fished out the eggs. With a smug smirk, he cracked open the perfectly cooked eggs, sprinkled on some truffle salt and freshly cracked pepper, and presented them to me.

I was thoroughly impressed by the pliant egg white and the velvety, juicy yolk. This man is a keeper.


  • Soft: 3 min
  • Medium soft: 4 min
  • Medium firm: 5 min
  • Don’t go beyond that

Discussion: Share your favourite tricks to cooking eggs. The perfectly poached egg? Loose, creamy scrambled eggs? I’d love to learn from you!

  1. January 11, 2011 by Kev

    I just place them into a small pot and put enough water so that it just covers the eggs. I start the countdown of ~5.5 minutes once it starts boiling and I always end up with perfect soft yolk eggs.

    Same idea but with a different twist :p

  2. January 12, 2011 by Anita

    Such a simple yet yummy recipe. You are one lucky girl! :)

  3. January 14, 2011 by Marisa

    I’m so going to try this – I suck at cooking eggs.

  4. January 18, 2011 by liv

    wow i can’t believe that works. I guess technically why shouldn’t it?


    adding your blog to my blogroll btw.

  5. January 20, 2011 by laurel

    holy crap. I just tried this and had an amazing soft boiled egg for breakfast. I’m never going back to stovetop!

  6. January 21, 2011 by Danielle

    Last nights snack was perfectly made soft boiled eggs. This method is perfect.

  7. January 22, 2011 by Lee Ann Foster

    Melody I’m happy for you and send best wishes. My cowboy puts eggs in a pot, covers with water, tops with the lid and brings to a boil. Then turns off the heat and lets sit cooling.(no need to time them )They are ready when you are. Great for egg salads, sandwiches or deviled eggs without the black ring.

  8. January 13, 2012 by Peter Tsai

    I’m going to try this over the weekend. We have about 2 dozen eggs in the fridge and a water kettle ready to go :)

  9. January 14, 2012 by Melody Fury

    Let me know how it goes! Be careful not to crack them when you drop them into the kettle though. For 2 dozen eggs, we opt to use our sous vide ;) We made 3 dozens for a ramen party at 62’C… pretty killer. When are we gonna meet for drinks?

  10. October 04, 2012 by Leta

    I love this! Have tried this and it is fantastic.. for when you are staying in a hotel or at work or wherever without a kitchen and your starving..
    When we were traveling @ Indonesia I used the electric kettle to make Instant noodles for my toddler.. ‘desperation is the mother of invention’.

  11. October 04, 2012 by Melody Fury

    Thanks, Leta! You get the picture. How about a soft boiled egg on instant noodles? :)

  12. February 03, 2013 by notplus

    I have tried all three times listed, and they are right on the money. I am curious to try 2 – 2.5 minutes. Thanks for this!!

  13. February 04, 2013 by Melody Fury

    Happy to hear! You are very welcome.

    Yours truly, Melody //

  14. February 22, 2013 by Mary Schoolfield

    This is so neat! I’m in a dorm so the only method of cooking I have, other than a microwave, is my electric water kettle. I love this for quick and easy breakfasts, or a snack.

  15. June 21, 2016 by Juliet

    Made an egg this way this morning with much hesitation and low expectations. I was blown away by how easy it was and how well the egg came out.

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