Recipe: Perfect Dippy Eggs and Soldiers

Soft-Boiled Eggs

Soft-Boiled Eggs

Dippy eggs and soldiers are an incredibly simple breakfast. My mum used to make this for my brother and I all the time as children – when the eggs went into the pan, she would call up to us, “6 minutes kids!” When I think about it, this was a cunning plan to get us to school on time – we would rush to get ready, fearful of our eggs overcooking or going cold if we were not at the table in 6 minutes time. For some reason, I now rarely eat dippy eggs, but whenever I do, it’s a truly wonderful thing.


2 medium eggs, at room temperature

2 slices bread

salted butter


– bring a shallow pan of water to a gentle boil

– lower egg into the water with a slotted spoon, reduce the heat and cover with the pan lid – you want the water simmering, but not on a hard boil which may cause the egg to crack

– cook the egg for 6 minutes for a fairly runny yolk, or 7 minutes for a slightly thicker, gooey yolk

– meanwhile, toast and butter your bread (or if you prefer, as I did as a child, leave it un-toasted), then slice into ‘soldiers’

– after 6/7 minutes, remove the egg from the water with a slotted spoon and place in a bowl of cold water to stop the cooking process

– place eggs into egg cups and serve with your buttered toast sticks

– slice of the top of your egg and plunge in your bread for gooey goodness

*serves 1

Dippy Eggs and Soldiers

Dippy Eggs and Soldiers

Dippy Eggs and Soldiers

Dippy Eggs and Soldiers


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