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Jammy, gorgeous 7-minute eggs have perfectly set whites and dreamy golden yolks. They’re simply the best boiled eggs for so many purposes and so many reasons.

7 minute eggs (jammy eggs) on two small plates
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Why we love this recipe

Jammy 7-minute eggs are the perfect boiled eggs for so many applications. Ramen. Avocado toast. No-avocado toast. Savory oatmeal. Leftover rice. Leftover pasta. Honestly, leftover EVERYTHING.

7-minute eggs:

  • Have perfectly set whites
  • And slightly runny, slightly jammy yolks — the longer you let them sit, the jammier they’ll get
  • Are hard to mess up
  • And easy to peel
  • Of course, they’re also easy to love

I first published this recipe here back in 2017. I’ve since updated the post for clarity, but the recipe remains the same.

Quality of eggs

You’ll only need one ingredient for this recipe — some good-quality eggs. The least-complicated (though often not the most convenient) way to achieve this is to buy from local farmers whom you know and trust.

If you’re shopping at a U.S. supermarket, things can get a little more complicated. Here’s a quick guide to the terminology that will and won’t help you choose the best eggs you can afford.

Words that mean something

  • Organic
  • Pastured (best) or free-range
  • USDA A or AA
  • Certified Humane or Animal Welfare Approved seals

Words that don’t mean anything

  • Natural (anything can be called natural)
  • Vegetarian-fed (chickens are natural omnivores)
  • No added hormones (this is required by the government)
  • Antibiotic-free (chickens are rarely medicated with antibiotics)

How to make them

Here’s what you’ll do to make a great batch of jammy seven-minute eggs. You can see the steps in action in the video that accompanies this post, and get all the details in the recipe card below.

step by step
  1. Carefully add eggs to a small pot of boiling water.
  2. Set a timer for seven minutes.
  3. When the timer dings, immediately remove eggs from pot and plunge them into a large bowl of ice water to stop the cooking. You can cool them completely for later use or just enough to handle if you’re eating right away.
  4. Peel and cut in half. That’s it!

Expert tips and FAQs

Can I make this recipe in advance? What about leftovers?

You can! Once completely cooled, eggs will keep well in a nice cold fridge for a week. I sometimes store them right in the bowl of ice water, or you can transfer them to an airtight container. Peel right before using. To reheat, just let them sit in a big bowl of very hot tap water for a minute or two until warmed through.

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7-Minute Eggs (Jammy Eggs)

By Carolyn Gratzer Cope
7-minute eggs have perfectly set whites and jammy, slightly runny yolks. (The yolks get a bit jammier as they sit.) They're just right for ramen or to top avocado toast, good old buttered toast, a bowl of savory oatmeal, leftover rice, and so much more.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 7 minutes
Total: 12 minutes
Servings: 4
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Ingredients 

  • 4 large eggs

Instructions 

  • Fill a small pot about halfway with water and bring to a boil.
  • Carefully lower the eggs into the pot one at a time. (I like to use a small strainer, but you can also use a spoon.)
  • Set a timer for seven minutes. Try to keep the water at a brisk simmer without jostling the eggs around more than necessary.
  • While the eggs boil, fill a medium bowl about halfway with lots of ice and cold water.
  • When the timer rings, take the eggs out right away, place them in the ice water, and let sit until they're cool enough to peel.

Notes

  1. Once completely cooled, eggs will keep well in a nice cold fridge for a week. I sometimes store them right in the bowl of ice water, or you can transfer them to an airtight container.
  2. Peel right before using.
  3. To reheat, just let them sit in a big bowl of very hot tap water for a minute or two until warmed through.

Nutrition

Calories: 72kcal, Carbohydrates: 0.4g, Protein: 6.3g, Fat: 4.8g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Breakfast and Brunch
Cuisine: American
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Hi there, I'm Carolyn Gratzer Cope, founder and publisher of Umami Girl. Join me in savoring life, one recipe at a time. I'm a professional recipe developer with training from the French Culinary Institute (now ICE) and a lifetime of studying, appreciating, and sharing food.

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20 Comments

  1. Thank you, thank you, thank you! These turned out perfectly. The tip about batch cooking them and reheating in hot tap water is seriously life-changing. Awesome meal prep hack!

  2. I would suggest starting with room temp eggs would help provide the most consistent results.
    Room temp cooked 7 minutes result in the perfectly done, jammy, eggs that can be adjusted to suit your needs. My wife prefers a 6 minute egg with whites not fully set and runnier yolks.

  3. These were perfect instructions. My husband loves soft yolk hard boiled eggs and these turned out perfectly.

    By the way, it was VERY clear that the time for the eggs in boiling water is 7 minutes.

    Had this with a simplified riff off your savory oatmeal recipe. Yum!

  4. Eggs are perfect at 7 minutes! Loved them in low carb shirataki ramen tonight. And so true about not eating the bad stuff anymore, the standards are so much higher 🙂

      1. I’m definitely going to try this. I’ve started appreciating hard boiled eggs with crumbled bacon and avocado but this jammy egg looks delicious too. Sometimes a touch of salsa. Although right now I’m leaving off the salsa while I’m dealing with shingles. It’s my favorite breakfast.

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