Sometimes you just want the runny yolk and cooked-through whites of a soft-boiled egg. All it takes is to cook them for a few minutes less than hard-boiled. If you don’t have a stove top nearby—say you’re in a hotel or dorm room—you can use a coffee maker. It might not sound practical, but hey, it works!

Bring the eggs up to room temperature so the shells don’t crack when hot water hits them.

Fill the coffee carafe with enough water to completely cover the eggs. Pour the water into the water reservoir at the back of the coffee maker.

Place the eggs in the bottom of the coffee carafe and set it in place on the hot plate.

Turn on the coffee maker so the water heats up, filters through the filter basket, and fills up the carafe above the eggs.

Leave the carafe on the hot plate for 3 to 5 minutes after the water finishes dripping to cook the eggs. Cook medium eggs for 3 minutes, large eggs for 4 minutes, and extra-large eggs for 5 minutes.

Lift the eggs out of the carafe with a spoon. Place the hot eggs in a bowl. Run cold water over them to cool and to stop the cooking process. (Without this step, the eggs keep cooking and the yolks can become solid.)

Tip

  • Exact cooking times can vary with different coffee makers, depending on how hot it heats the water. Experiment to find the optimal cooking time for your coffee maker.