How to Make Perfect Jammy Eggs

How to make perfect jammy eggs recipe

The Spruce Eats / Diana Chistruga

Prep: 6 mins
Cook: 7 mins
Freeze Time: 10 mins
Total: 23 mins
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
429 Calories
29g Fat
2g Carbs
38g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Amount per serving
Calories 429
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 29g 37%
Saturated Fat 9g 47%
Cholesterol 1116mg 372%
Sodium 483mg 21%
Total Carbohydrate 2g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 38g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 211mg 16%
Iron 5mg 29%
Potassium 414mg 9%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

The trick to making the best boiled eggs is a matter of hot dispute and personal pride.


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This is one way to cook a perfect jammy egg every single time. If you already have a favorite way to cook your eggs, you can still try this out when no one is looking. If you don't yet have a favorite method, use this technique. Bring water to a boil, put large, cold eggs into it and simmer them for exactly 7 minutes, then plunge the eggs in a bowl of ice and water.

A jammy egg, one with a tender white and a still-barely-liquid pool in the center of the yolk, is a tricky thing to achieve. Extra time, temperature, or an egg that is bigger or smaller will affect the texture of the yolk. When you reduce the variables, you get the same result every time. Use the same temperature, the same size eggs, the same boiling water, for the same amount of time, and expect scrumptious, unctuous, delightful eggs ready for a sprinkle of salt and pepper or a steaming bed of ramen. See our technique in action in the video below.


  • 6 cups water

  • 6 large eggs

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the eggs.

    Eggs and water
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  2. Bring 6 cups of water to a rapid boil over high heat. Lower the eggs into the water, and turn the heat down to maintain a simmer that moves the surface of the water with bubbles here and there.

    Bring eggs to boil
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  3. Set a timer for exactly 7 minutes. Set up a bowl of ice cubes and water.

    Ice water bowl
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  4. When the timer goes off, plunge the eggs into the ice water and let them sit, stirring occasionally for 10 minutes.

    Plunge eggs into ice water
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  5. Peel and eat the eggs at once, or store them in the refrigerator for 2 days until ready to eat. Enjoy.

    How to make perfect 7 minute eggs
    The Spruce Eats / Diana Chistruga

Should I Prick The Egg?

  • Piercing the end of the egg with a pin can prevent it from cracking when you put it into the boiling water, but the pin can introduce bacteria from outside of the shell to the inside of the egg, so we don't pierce.

Perfect Hard or Soft Boiled Eggs

  • To make soft boiled eggs, use the same technique and cook for 3 to 4 minutes, depending upon how soft you like your white. Skip the ice bath and peel off the top and eat while hot.
  • To make perfect hard-boiled eggs, use the technique above and cook for 11 minutes and 30 seconds before plunging into the ice bath.
  • Adjust the time for smaller or larger eggs. This really makes a difference.

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