How To Make Perfect Soft-Boiled Eggs (Hanjuku Tamago 半熟玉子) | Easy Japanese Recipes at

How To Make Perfect Soft-Boiled Eggs (Hanjuku Tamago)

Course: How to, Side Dish
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: runny egg, soft egg
Cook Time: 7 minutes
Total Time: 7 minutes
Servings: 4 eggs
Follow this easy technique to make perfect soft-boiled eggs every time! 


  • 4 large eggs (refrigerated)
  • water
  • ice cubes


  1. Put water (should be 1 inch above eggs) in a saucepan and bring the water to boil on medium heat.

    Hanjuku Tamago 1
  2. Once boiling, take out the eggs from the refrigerator and gently put the eggs in the boiling water using a slotted spoon.

    Hanjuku Tamago 2
  3. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook the eggs for 6.5 to 7 minutes.

    Hanjuku Tamago 3
  4. When it's done, drain the water and chill the eggs in iced water for 3 minutes. Gently peel the egg shell. Cut the eggs in half with a sharp knife or fish string.

    Hanjuku Tamago 4

Recipe Notes

The cooking time may vary depends on the size of eggs and the starting temperature of the egg.



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