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Jammy Hard Boiled Eggs – Barefeet in the Kitchen


Jammy hard boiled eggs are fantastic on their own with just a bit of salt or when added to salads, sandwiches, and pasta. These are perfectly set boiled eggs with firm whites and “jammy,” slightly runny yolks. They’re egg heaven!

Sliced creamy hard boiled eggs

What is a Jammy Egg?

If you have never heard of a jammy egg, let me introduce you to your new favorite egg. What is a jammy egg? It’s just another term for a soft-boiled egg with a runny yolk.

I’ve loved boiled eggs my whole life, but I recently discovered this method that delivers jammy hard-boiled eggs every single time. It used to be a happy accident when my boiled eggs turned out jammy, but now? We’ve cracked the secret.

The flavor and texture of the eggs is so much better with a soft, runny yolk. And, this method gets bonus points for requiring very little effort. That’s a win-win, in my book. Jammy eggs are fabulous as a snack with salt and pepper.

Salted sliced hard boiled eggs

If you typically avoid making your own boiled eggs because of the hassle of peeling them, then I have good news for you. I am sharing the secret of shelling eggs with ease, and it’s nothing more than cold water.

When the timer goes off, rinse the eggs for a minute or two under cold water. As soon as the pan is cool, keep the eggs in the cold water and immediately begin peeling them. You’ll find that the shells slide right off the egg white.

Peeling hard boiled egg with spoon

I usually tap the eggs on the counter until cracks form. Then slide a spoon under the shell, rotate it around and then slide the egg on out of the shell.

As you can see in the photos, these eggs literally slid out of the shells, leaving the shells almost whole. They might not slide out perfectly every single time when shelling them, but they are reliably easy to shell.

Peeled hard boiled egg

Jammy Eggs

Depending on the type of stovetop you are using, you may need to adjust the time slightly to get perfect jammy eggs. On my stove, 7 minutes and 40 seconds is the not-so-secret number for perfect eggs.

When boiling eggs for the first time on a new stove, I shell and test one egg while the others are still in hot water. If everything is perfect, then I do the cold water rinse and shell the rest. But, if the white is still not fully cooked, then depending on how runny it is, I’ll either let them sit in the hot water or return them to the stove for 30 seconds longer.

Sliced hard boiled eggs on platter

How to Make Jammy Eggs

You’ll need the following ingredients to make this recipe:

You’ll also need a pot large enough for the eggs in a single layer, but that’s it! Jammy eggs might be the easiest recipe I’ll ever share with you.

Egg above pot of boiling water

How Long to Boil Jammy Eggs

Fill a pot halfway with water and bring to a boil over high heat. When the water reaches a rolling boil, carefully and quickly use a long-handled, slotted spoon to add the cold eggs to the boiling water.

When all the eggs have been added to the water, reduce the heat to medium-high. Immediately start a timer set for 7 minutes and 40 seconds. (The first time you make these eggs, you’ll want to test one egg and make sure of the time for your stovetop.)

Kitchen timer currently at 7 minutes and 40 seconds

When the timer beeps, promptly transfer the pot to the sink, drain off most of the hot water, and begin running cold water over the eggs.

When the pot is cold (after about 2 minutes of cold running water), turn off the water and leave the eggs in the cold water. Shell the eggs immediately.

Adding cold water to pot of boiling water with eggs

Looking for recipes that you can top with these jammy hard boiled eggs? Jammy hard-boiled eggs will take your avocado toast or ramen to the next level. Just sprinkle them with your favorite seasoning or freshly shredded parmesan cheese, and you can thank me later.

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With more chopped vegetables, bacon, egg, and cheese than there is lettuce in the salad, this Chipotle Taco Salad is loaded with both bacon and eggs and is my favorite kind of salad.

Creamy hard boiled eggs

This bacon and egg garden salad has been another of my favorites for a long time. I enjoy it for lunches and also for the occasional breakfast. I typically make it any time I happen to have the occasional (and very rare) slice or two of leftover bacon.

I have been eyeing this recipe for avocado toast for a while. And, I can’t wait to try the toast alongside these jammy hard-boiled eggs.

Roasted sweet potatoes, crisp warm baby spinach, and spicy breakfast sausage are all topped with an egg in this Sweet Potato Hash with Eggs.

Sausage Hash with Cabbage, Potatoes, and Beans is one of our go-to dinners on nights when I either don’t have a dinner plan or have very little motivation to cook. Luckily, it’s also one of our favorite dinners!

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Servings: 6

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  • Fill a pot halfway with water and bring to a boil over high heat. When the water reaches a rolling boil, carefully and quickly use a long-handled, slotted spoon to add the cold eggs to the boiling water.

  • When all the eggs have been added to the water, reduce the heat to medium-high. Immediately start a timer set for 7 minutes and 40 seconds.

  • When the timer beeps, promptly transfer the pot to the sink, drain off most of the hot water, and begin running cold water over the eggs.

  • When the pot is cold (after about 2 minutes of cold running water), turn off the water and leave the eggs in the cold water. Shell the eggs immediately.

Hard-boiled eggs can be stored in the refrigerator up to seven days, either left in their shells or peeled. Make sure the eggs are refrigerated within two hours after cooking.

Calories: 126kcal · Carbohydrates: 1g · Protein: 11g · Fat: 8g · Saturated Fat: 3g · Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g · Monounsaturated Fat: 3g · Trans Fat: 0.03g · Cholesterol: 327mg · Sodium: 125mg · Potassium: 121mg · Sugar: 0.3g · Vitamin A: 475IU · Calcium: 49mg · Iron: 2mg

Creamy hard boiled eggs

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