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Dippy Eggs

Dippy Eggs

Soft boiled dippy eggs with soldiers

This is one of my daughter’s favourite breakfast treats – dippy eggs with soldiers. The toasted soldiers are really strips of buttered toast that you dip into the runny egg yolk.

Wonderful! I suppose they are called soldiers as they represent soldiers standing to attention.

This is so very easy and quick to make and serves as a real treat to those of you that love a runny egg.

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How long to soft boil a dippy egg

The trick to get a perfect soft-boiled egg is to boil it for exactly the right length of time. The perfect soft-boiled egg should have a warm runny yolk to dip into, and the whites should be firm.

If you love eggs then you will love dipping into these.

When I am making these I first add the egg to the boiling water when the water has actually started boiling, not before.

I will then time it for exactly 5 minutes using Alexa to time it for me.

When the 5 minutes is up I immediately remove from the water with a spoon and run the egg (s) under the cold tap to stop it (them) from cooking further. I use the same 5 minutes whether I am cooking one, two or four eggs.

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This soft boiled egg cooking time is based on the large eggs we buy here in the Aldi, but you may find that you need more or less time, depending on the size of your egg and maybe even the altitude at which you are cooking.

The higher you are, the lower the boiling point of water, due to the lower atmospheric pressure, which will affect your cooking time. For approximately every 152m of elevation above sea level the boiling point of water is reduced by 0.5C, from the boiling point of 100C at sea level.  You can see that this can affect the cooking time significantly if you are at height.

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Dippy Eggs

Dippy eggs – just for kids?

Though this is obviously a great recipe favourite for kids, it is also a good one for adults.

I love soft boiled eggs with soldiers and quite often will just make a single one for myself for lunch.

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How to open a soft boiled egg

To remove the top of the egg, first, place the pointy end down in the egg cup (because the other end tends to contain more yolk for some reason). Then use a knife to chip away at the side of the egg around the circumference until cracked all the way around.

Then remove the top with a teaspoon (and use the spoon to scoop out any egg in the top part you have removed)! Make sure that you do not leave any shell chips in the egg before serving. 

If you are feeling decadent then add a small pinch of salt to the top of the egg. Delish! Now dip away!

How to make a perfect soft-boiled egg

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Dippy Eggs

Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 6 minutes

Dippy eggs are soft boiled eggs best served with toasted soldiers that are used to dip into the delicious warm yellow egg yolks! What a treat for brekkie!


  • 1 slice of bread (white or brown)
  • 1 fresh egg
  • Pinch of salt
  • Salted Butter


    1. Toast the slice of bread and when toasted, butter it and slice into strips. The toast should be fairly firm.
    2. In the meantime boil a saucepan of water. Add the egg to the boiling water with a spoon the moment it starts to boil. Boil the egg for exactly 5 minutes.
    3. Then remove the egg from the water with a spoon and place under a stream of cold water to stop it cooking further.
    4. Take the top of the egg (the non-pointy end) off with a knife and teaspoon, and place a pinch of salt on the top of the runny egg yolk.
    5. Serve up in an egg cup together with the soldiers on a plate.


One egg is good. Two is better 😜

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 240Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 217mgSodium: 417mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 9g

This nutrition information was automatically calculated by Nutritionix, but may not be 100% accurate.

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Saturday 4th of February 2023

For Americans, I recommend cooking a minute longer since, unlike Brits, we refrigerate our eggs, which requires a slightly longer cooking time.

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