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I love a boiled egg, but it has to be soft. On occasion I get it just too soft, so some of the white is still 'snotty'. Oviously I only discover this once I have opened the egg, when it is too late to put it back in the pan.

Is there some trick I can use to continue to cook the white a little and rescue my egg so that the white is set but the yolk is still runny?

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up vote 5 down vote accepted
  1. Let it sit, pray carryover cooking does the job (unlikely)

  2. Wrap it in plastic wrap, tightly spin the top to close. Twist 'the tail' into a knot or secure with string. Put it back in the water.

  3. Position it 'hole-up' on a baking sheet, put in an oven (time-consuming)

  4. Crack the egg over a bowl, finish in a pan on low heat (not ideal for runny yolks)

  5. Microwave (sad, but could work)

I vote for number 2.

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Number 2 seems like the winner to me. I'll try it next time. – Sam Holder Aug 2 '10 at 14:48

I've used the microwave method mentioned by Ocaasi, placed in the cup but it's touch and go. You seriously only want to allow about 3 seconds.

Another method I've tried is to just hold the open egg, with tongs, in the boiling water, obviously keeping the open end out. This was slightly better the microwaving because the results of a few too many seconds in the microwave, is worse than the problem you're trying to solve.

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