Soft-boiled Eggs
By :The Rootitoot Cookbook by Ruth McCusker
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Soft-boiled Eggs I experimented with soft boiled eggs for weeks with many disappointments. They were always overdone. I kept paring the time down; the cook time, then the natural release time. Finally.... I cracked the code! WOO HOO!! I must say though, my results were slightly different in my 6-quart than they were in my 3-quart. They were softer in the 6-quart. So experiment a bit using one egg at a time until you get to the sweet spot just right for you. There are two methods for this. One is for low pressure (my favourite). The other is for high pressure - great for owners of the Lux model.
Votes: 12
Rating: 4.42
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Cuisine Modern
Difficulty Easy
Browse Category Breakfast
Duration 15-30 min
Cooking Technique Pressure Cook
Main Ingredient Eggs
Cook Time 5 minutes
1-10 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups cold tap water it MUST be cold. Be sure to use fresh cold water each time you do this. The eggs need the time it takes to heat the water to get the right cooking result.
  • cold eggs right out of the fridge medium or large
Cuisine Modern
Difficulty Easy
Browse Category Breakfast
Duration 15-30 min
Cooking Technique Pressure Cook
Main Ingredient Eggs
Cook Time 5 minutes
1-10 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups cold tap water it MUST be cold. Be sure to use fresh cold water each time you do this. The eggs need the time it takes to heat the water to get the right cooking result.
  • cold eggs right out of the fridge medium or large
Votes: 12
Rating: 4.42
Rate this recipe!
  1. Pour the COLD tap water into the pot and put the egg(s) on the trivet or in a basket. Close the lid and make sure the valve is set to Sealing. Set on Low Pressure for 1 minute. Yes. ONE minute. When it beeps that it's done, leave it for precisely 1 minute natural release. Then immediately flip the valve to Venting and as soon as the pin drops, put the eggs under cold running water for 30 seconds to halt the cooking process. The. End.
  2. They will be perfectly cooked whites and runny yolks. Ideal for “dippers.” If for some reason, they are a little underdone for your taste, increase the natural release time from 1 to 1 1/2 minutes . You can’t program the machine for half minutes, but you can use some other device to time it.
  3. Try it with one egg. If you like them a little firmer or softer, adjust the natural release time, NOT the cook time.
  1. Same as above, but use High Pressure for 1 minute. When it beeps that it’s done, leave it for 30 seconds natural release, then flip the valve to Venting. When the pin drops, immediately put the eggs under cold running water for a few seconds to halt the cooking process. Again, try one egg. You can leave them for a few more seconds of natural release if you like them a little firmer.
35 replies
  1. Sunbird1453
    Sunbird1453 says:

    Thank you so much for putting the time in to get the perfect combo!

    I love the “yolk gravy” with chopped egg whites.

    I live at 900′, I used bottled water from fridge (our tap has very high minerals content). Cooked at low pressure (since you said this was your favorite), 1 min, then 1 min NR before removing eggs.

    THANK YOU!!!!

  2. wjacquies
    wjacquies says:

    First attempt, following timing exactly, rwsulted in very runny eggs.
    Second attempt was much better adding 1.5 minutes to the “rest” time.

  3. aaronfranko
    aaronfranko says:

    I had to use 2 minutes on high pressure and 2 minutes natural release to get the whites to firm up but maintain thr soft runny yolk. Thanks for posting this recipe as a starting point!

  4. Ruben1851
    Ruben1851 says:

    Amazing! Ive never been able to get my boiled eggs just right and on my first try, a perfect soft boiled egg came out! ❤️

  5. Sanjosse
    Sanjosse says:

    I live in the SF Bay Area, and had great results with the following;
    1 min. high pressure
    2 min. natural release
    2-3 min. under running cold water.
    Thank you!

  6. Tricia
    Tricia says:

    Complete fail, watery whites, gross! Better rests with 3 min high pressure and quick release.

  7. Madison
    Madison says:

    THANKS FOR RUINING MY EGGS. Anyone reading this – do 5 minutes, 1 cup of water. Plunge in ice water immediately after.

  8. Jeremy
    Jeremy says:

    This recipe was trash. Whites were undercooked and eggs won’t peel. Useless and a waste of my time, thanks for nothing.

  9. Ben R
    Ben R says:

    I live in Fl and the 1 minute cooking time is perfect but for those living at higher altitudes you will
    have to adjust the time to suit your needs.

  10. Eggman
    Eggman says:

    Yeah, add me to list of people this did NOT work for. Honestly, you guys should just delete these instructions.

  11. Kay
    Kay says:

    I made 4 eggs and three were perfect, one slightly underdone. Am basically at sea level, so that definitely played a part.

  12. salbertarose
    salbertarose says:

    I made this in my 6 qt viva, and it was perfect the very first time i made them! I live in an area of altitude of 690 meters and worked well. Thanks for all your hard work getting the wrinkles out! I feel for those that didn’t work for, but worked for me and even if it didn’t, you did give some tips that i would have tried. I had timers ready and cold water waiting, so i smoothly went from one step to next.

  13. Kim
    Kim says:

    Awful recipe. Wasted 2 eggs. Raw inside, barely cooked. Looking for another recipe that cooks a little longer…

  14. Jordan
    Jordan says:

    Worked for me perfect the first time I tried it! Low pressure method at 1 minute then natural release for just over a minute. But my issue is always that they are hard to peel the shell off!

  15. Tyler
    Tyler says:

    this is clearly no good. glad i only did a few eggs. i would go with a recipe for hard boiled eggs and just shave a few minutes off from the timing. i used to have an instant pot and finally got a replacement and i dont remember my timing for eggs. it definitely wasn’t this.

  16. Christle Miersma
    Christle Miersma says:

    I did HP-2mins, 1min natural release, venting 30secs ran under cold water for 3 seconds. Perfect soft boiled eggs.

  17. Alex
    Alex says:

    OK folks first of all be kind to this poster if the recipe didn’t work for you she took her time to post what’s been working for her and wasn’t tryna ruin your freakin eggs. Secondly, I wanted to share that I found STEAMING on the instant pot works better than any regular pressure cooking whether on high or low pressure. I’m at a higher altitude but what worked for me was the Steam setting with 1 cup of room temp water set to 4 minutes. If the eggs are small, quick release and run under water, but this makes the whites barely (but should be fully) cooked. If they’re bigger than let them natural release for 30 seconds or a minute before running under water. Anyhow, I’ve found that steaming tastes better bc it’s just gentler in terms of how it cooks the whites.

  18. Christine
    Christine says:

    I used this recipe today for the very first time. Two large eggs and followed instructions exactly. Perfect eggs. Set whites, runny yolks and easy peel.
    Thank you so very much. I’ve been having trouble cooking soft boiled in pot on stove for the past while. Your recipe made me feel I can cook again.
    I am almost 82 years and simply love my instant pot.
    A message to those people who complained. Please try to be kind in your remarks even when it doesn’t work. There is always a kind way to express oneself.
    Again, thank you Ruth

  19. Jonathan
    Jonathan says:

    I have the 6 quart instant pot and I followed the instructions 1 minute LOW pressure….2 minutes wait….then release the pressure! I had large eggs, used 1.5 cups cold water, and eggs came from fridge! PERFECT GOOEY YOLKS and NO GOOEY WHITE!!! I did have my eggs elevated higher than usual from what I imagine is violently boiling water….I think that made a difference! I used to have trouble and would always find my eggs disturbed because the silicone trivet I used was too close to the ground of the pot….it holds 9 eggs

  20. Lynda
    Lynda says:

    I’m in the UK and have hard water. Followed instructions exactly, except that my medium eggs were at room temp. I used a trivet which meant that eggs were about 4 inches above the water. Perfect runny eggs, with white cooked to perfection. Thank you so much for taking the time to experiment and share.

  21. Josh Purdie
    Josh Purdie says:

    Thank you for posting this. It’s nice to see people experimenting with technology to create better recipes. This was the first time I followed someone’s recipe and got bad results though. I feel a little foolish for trusting that 1 minute could cook the egg whites haha. Thank you for helping me incorporate common sense into my cooking by giving me a recipe for uncooked eggs haha.

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