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?

  • I think you can just boil it again, like for 6 minutes. Commented Feb 14, 2020 at 19:01
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    @user3528438 But how do you boil it after you've already cracked the shell? That's the question. Commented Feb 14, 2020 at 19:02
  • Steam it? Same time. Commented Feb 14, 2020 at 19:07

4 Answers 4

  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.

  • Number 2 seems like the winner to me. I'll try it next time.
    – Sam Holder
    Commented Aug 2, 2010 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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So, I came across the same problem. I just filled as much water in the pot without covering my (already sliced in half) eggs. Then boiled for a couple mins. Cool thing is I was able to watch the runny egg whites harden. I attached a pic :)


You can actually peel an underdone soft-boiled egg and, if the white isn't cracked/broken, drop it into boiling water briefly. That's a method some folks use intentionally to make poached eggs.

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