Despite their name, soft-boiled eggs shouldn't be boiled throughout the cooking process. Rather, bring them to a boil and then immediately remove from heat. This cooks the eggs more gently, resulting in a perfectly soft, and never rubbery, egg.
- 4 large eggs
- Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
Place eggs in a saucepan large enough to accommodate them in a single layer. Fill the pan with cold water, covering eggs by an inch. Set over medium-high heat, and bring to a boil. Turn off heat, cover, and let stand 1½–2 minutes.
Remove eggs from water. Serve immediately in egg cups (no peeling necessary!): Cut the egg in half with a serrated knife and season with salt and pepper to taste. Use a spoon to scoop the egg from either side.