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Delia Smith's soft boiled egg


In Delia's 1998 'How to Cook' series, the book's first chapter was devoted to eggs and how to boil the perfect soft-boiled egg. When featured in the TV series, it led to an increase in egg sales.

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  • Serves: 2

  • Cooking time: 6 mins

    (7 mins for a firmer yolk)
  • Costs: Cheap as chips

  • Skill level: Easy peasy


  • 2 eggs
  • Small saucepan with a lid
  • Tablespoon
  • Egg timer


  1. First of all, have a small saucepan filled with enough simmering water to cover the eggs by about -inch (1cm).
  2. Then quickly but gently lower the eggs into the water, one at a time using a tablespoon.
  3. Now switch a timer on and give the eggs exactly 1 min simmering time.
  4. Then remove the pan from the heat, put a lid on it and set the timer again, using the following timings:

6 mins will produce a soft, fairly liquid yolk and a white that is just set but still quite wobbly.

7 mins will produce a firmer, more creamy yolk with a white that is completely set

Recipe taken from Delia's How to Cook: Book One by Delia Smith, published by BBC Books. Recipe reprinted by permission of The Random House Group Ltd.

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Nutritional information

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.

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