It can be tricky to get the time on soft boiled eggs just right, especially when there’s no way to check on them. Sous vide to the rescue! With sous vide, you’ll have perfectly soft boiled eggs in just 10 minutes. Even better, you can do as many at a time as you’d like, perfect for feeding a large group or meal prepping.

While I love sous vide cooking as evidenced by the many recipes available here as well as my two sous vide cookbooks, that doesn’t mean I think it is the best cooking method for every food. In fact, I was pretty skeptical that it was the best way to cook eggs outside of sous vide egg bites.

So, I put my skepticism to the test and did quite a bit of experimenting with different times and temps for poached, soft boiled, and hard boiled eggs. So many experts claim that you need to sous vide AND boil for good results, which I was completely unwilling to do. Why would I do both?! Luckily, you absolutely don’t need to do both and I’ve determined the perfect times and temperatures.

How to Soft Boil Eggs with Sous Vide

Start by preheating a water bath using an immersion circulator to 190 degrees F. If you don’t have a dedicated container for a water bath, a stock pot will absolutely work. However, you will need an immersion circulator.

190 degrees F is pretty hot for sous vide, so make sure to place a trivet under your container to protect your countertops.

When the eggs are done, transfer them straight into an ice bath using a slotted spoon. To make an ice bath, fill a medium bowl 1/3 of the way full with ice and add cold water until it’s half full. The ice bath will stop the eggs from continuing to cook and make them easier to peel.

That’s it! Just 10 minutes later, you have beautiful soft boiled eggs. Here are a few of my favorite ways to eat them:

  • Simple with salt and pepper along side a piece of toast
  • In dishes like ramen
  • Soft boiled egg salad

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    10 Minute Sous Vide Soft Boiled Eggs

    Prep Time: 10 minutes
    Cook Time: 10 minutes
    Sous vide is a foolproof method for achieving perfectly soft boiled eggs in just 10 minutes. Get my recommended time and temperature, as well as helpful tips for peeling and serving the eggs.


    • Eggs


    • Preheat water bath using immersion circulator to 190 degrees F. You can use a stockpot for your water bath.
    • Add your desired number of eggs to the preheated water bath and cook for 10 minutes.
    • While the eggs cook, prepare an ice bath. Fill a bowl 1/3 full with ice and top of with cold water until it's half full.
    • When the eggs are done cooking in the water bath, transfer them from the water bath to the ice bath using a slotted spoon.
    • Let sit in the ice bath for 5 minutes before peeling and serving or refrigerating.


    These eggs are delicious served warm or cold.
    Cuisine: American
    Course: Breakfast
    Author: Chelsea Cole
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