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Learn how to make the perfect jammy eggs every time with a soft jam-like egg yolk and firm egg white.

Jammy Eggs

I have a passion for eggs recipe, and when I don’t make a spinach omelette, quiche Florentine or boiled eggs in the air fryer, I like to make soft-boiled eggs.

What’s A Jammy Egg?

A jammy egg is a soft-boiled egg. It has a firm egg white as boiled eggs but a half-cooked yellow with a similar texture to jam.

Jammy eggs are delicious eggs when you can’t choose between boiled eggs and fried eggs.

The egg white is as firm as a boiled egg, and the center is silky creamy as fried eggs.

Are Eggs Keto?

Yes, eggs are keto-friendly and one of the most popular ingredients on a low-carb diet.

You can read more in my article on how many carbs are in eggs to learn about egg nutrition facts.

How To Make Jammy Eggs

Last time I shared with you how to make air fryer boiled eggs with some tips to make soft-boiled eggs with a jammy texture too,

Today let me share with you how to make jammy eggs in a saucepan with boiled water.

Ingredients

  • Boiling Water
  • Oil – Olive oil or any vegetable oil.
  • Eggs – I am using large eggs, but timing is provided for each egg size below.
  • Ice Cubes
  • Cold Water

Boil Water

First, add water to a medium saucepan. Bring over medium-high heat, cover the saucepan and bring to a high boil.

Decrease high to medium to reach a light boil and add oil.

Adding Oil

You probably wonder why adding oil to boiled water so let me explain.

While you don’t need to add oil to make boiled eggs, I found it easier to peel jammy eggs if oil is added to the water.

The egg shell is porous, and the oil can penetrate under it.

As jammy eggs are soft-boiled eggs, their white egg is softer and sometimes cracks when peeled.

The addition of oil makes the peeling perfect every time without breaking the egg whites.

Boiling The Eggs

Using a slotted spoon, bring the eggs to the saucepan.

It takes about 10 minutes for an egg to be hard-boiled in boiling water, so don’t reach that time, or the yellow won’t be silky and jammy.

As you can see below, we tested three different timings on large eggs:

  • 4 Minutes – The eggs are very hard to peel off. The egg whites are not set enough around the egg yolks, and the yolks are raw. Your eggs will, most of the time, break when peeling.
  • 5 Minutes – The egg whites are set, and the egg yolks are perfectly creamy, so it’s a tasty jammy egg.
  • 6 Minutes – You just reach the perfect jammy eggs. The egg whites are set, the egg yolks are creamy, but the outside of the egg yolks starts to set like in boiled eggs, creating a real jam-like texture in the center.
How to make Perfect Jammy Eggs

Making An Ice Bath

Meanwhile, prepare a bowl with ice water. To do so, fill a bowl of ice cubes and add cold tap water.

Bringing eggs into the water with ice cubes after cooking will immediately stop cooking the eggs and ensure the perfect silky yellow center.

Dipping Eggs In Cold Water

When the timer is off, remove the eggs from the saucepan using a slotted spoon.

Transfer the warm eggs straight into to water with ice cubes.

Let them sit there until they are cool enough to handle.

How to make Perfect Jammy Eggs

Peeling Eggs

To peel the eggs, remove one egg from the cold water and tap the side of the egg on a hard surface to crack the shell.

Start peeling from the side to the extremities. It’s easier to start from the middle, where air pockets are forming.

Peel off entirely and return the peeled egg to the cold water to keep it cold.

Meanwhile, peel off the remaining jammy eggs.

Serving Jammy Eggs

Serve the cooked eggs with a pinch of:

  • Sea Salt and ground pepper on top
  • Hot Sauce
  • Spinach Pesto
  • Chili Flakes

Or serve the soft-boiled egg on top of a:

How to make Perfect Jammy Eggs

Storage Instructions

I recommend you to store cooked soft-boiled eggs with their shell on. The eggshell keeps them fresh for longer – up to 7 days in an airtight container in the fridge.

If peeled, they will last up to 3 days in the fridge.

How to make Perfect Jammy Eggs

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are the most frequent questions about this soft-boiled eggs tutorial.

Can I Freeze Boiled Eggs?

Not really. Boiled eggs or soft-boiled eggs don’t freeze well.

The egg white gets mushy when thawed. You can freeze cooked egg yolks, but the jammy egg yolks are so soft that they won’t freeze as well.

Can I Store Peeled Boiled Eggs?

Soft-boiled eggs, once peeled, can be stored well in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

However, the eggs will store up to 7 days if unpeeled.

Can I Use Any Oil?

Yes, you can add any oil to the water like olive oil, vegetable oil, or avocado oil.

You can also skip the oil, but the eggs are much more difficult to peel.

Is A Jammy Egg The Same As A Soft-Boiled Egg?

Yes, soft-boiled eggs are another term to describe jammy eggs.

Did you try making jammy eggs? Share a comment or review below to let me know how they came out.

How to make Perfect Jammy Eggs

Jammy Eggs

0.4gNet Carbs
Learn how to make the perfect jammy eggs every time with a soft jam-like egg yolk and firm egg white.
Prep: 3 mins
Cook: 6 mins
Total: 9 mins
Yield: 6 jammy eggs
Serving Size: 1 egg

Nutrition

Net Carbs 0.4g
Fat 7.1g
Protein 6.3g
Calories 92.1kcal
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Ingredients

Ice bath

  • 3 cup Cold Water
  • 1 cup Ice Cubes

Instructions

  • Fill a medium saucepan filled with 3 cups of water over medium-high heat. Cover and bring to a high boil.
  • Reduce to medium heat to maintain a light boil and add olive oil – this makes it easier to peel soft eggs later.
  • Using a slotted spoon add the eggs to the light boiling water.
  • Set a timer to 6 minutes and meanwhile prepare the ice water bath.
  • In a large bowl, add water and ice cubes.
  • When the timer is off, use the slotted spoon to transfer the cooked eggs from the saucepan to the ice bath to immediately stop the cooking.
  • When the eggs are cold enough to handle – about 10 minutes later, tap on the side of the bowl to crack the wider side of the egg – easier part to peel first.
  • Peel entirely and return to a cold bath while peeling the remaining eggs.
  • Cut in half lengthwise and serve on top of toasted bread, salad or plain with a pinch of salt and pepper.
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Nutrition Facts
Jammy Eggs
Amount Per Serving (1 egg)
Calories 92.1 Calories from Fat 64
% Daily Value*
Fat 7.1g11%
Saturated Fat 1.9g12%
Trans Fat 0.02g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.2g
Monounsaturated Fat 3.5g
Cholesterol 186mg62%
Sodium 73mg3%
Potassium 69mg2%
Carbohydrates 0.4g0%
Sugar 0.2g0%
Protein 6.3g13%
Net Carbs 0.4g
Vitamin A 270IU5%
Vitamin B12 0.4µg7%
Vitamin D 1µg7%
Calcium 29.2mg3%
Iron 0.9mg5%
Magnesium 6.4mg2%
Zinc 0.6mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Carine Claudepierre

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Carine Claudepierre

Hi, I'm Carine, the food blogger, author, recipe developer, published author of a cookbook, and founder of Sweet As Honey.

I'm passionate about sharing easy, tasty recipes that are both delicious and healthy

Cooking and Baking is my true passion. In fact, I only share a small portion of my recipes on Sweetashoney. Most of them are eaten by my husband and my two kids before I have time to take any pictures!

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