The perfectly soft-boiled egg is all about timing. 1. Bring 1 inch of water to a boil, lower to a rapid simmer and add 2-4 eggs to the pot. 2. Place the lid on the pot and set your timer for 5 minutes. 3. Remove eggs from the pot and run under cold water until they’re cool enough to handle. 4. Voila! Enjoy your delicious runny yolk.