Our best jammy soft boiled eggs recipes include dishes much improved by the addition of jammy eggs, from our Southeast Asian BLT breakfast salad recipe with soft boiled jammy eggs, and a Thai rice soup khao tom gai with poached chicken and soft jammy boiled eggs to our Japanese fried rice bowl with soft jammy eggs and karaage chicken.
As regular readers know, we’ve been working on an eggs cookbook for some years based on Terence’s Weekend Eggs recipe series for egg dishes from around the world, which we launched with Grantourismo in January 2010 with a yearlong global grand tour aimed at promoting slow, local and experiential travel.
Our best jammy soft boiled eggs recipes will feature in the eggs book, which we’ll tell you more about soon, as we are currently ramping up work on that project. So for perfect jammy soft-boiled eggs, I recommend using Terence’s guide to boiling perfect soft-boiled eggs every single time. Terence is a master at boiling eggs.
As I write this post, Terence is piercing holes in half a dozen raw egg shells. On a high protein diet, he makes these deliciously addictive jammy soft eggs every couple of days. There always seems to be eggs sitting in water waiting to be peeled (the longer you leave them, the jammier they become) or in the fridge chilling.
Terence slices the jammy boiled eggs onto shredded chicken salads or mixes them with a little mayo and a lot of curry powder for curried egg sandwiches. He will refrigerate what he doesn’t eat and when I need a break from writing, I’ll use some leftover rice to make a rice soup, congee or fried rice, or boil instant ramen for a quick stir-fry noodle dish, all of which I’ll elevate with halves of soft jammy boiled eggs, condiments, sauces and fresh herbs from the balcony.
So what are jammy soft boiled eggs? And why do jammy eggs make everything taste better? Jammy soft boiled eggs lie somewhere between soft boiled eggs with runny yolks and whites that are still a tad wobbly and hard boiled eggs with perfectly set whites yet yolks starting to go chalky.
The beauty of jammy soft boiled eggs is that the yolk is all at once soft and creamy, gloriously gooey and even a little runny at its centre, while the white has properly set and is firm for those who find even a little clear jelly-like white nauseating. Yes, I’m looking at you, mum.
What that means is that they have infinitely more uses than a soft boiled egg, which you might not want leaking its runny yolk everywhere (on some salads, for instance), and a hard boiled egg, which as far as I’m concerned has few uses other than devilled eggs and potato salad.
This collection of our best jammy soft boiled eggs recipes should have published on Friday for Weekend Eggs, but our posting schedule ground to a halt due to technology issues (my dying laptop), for which we apologise. We’re endeavouring to get back on track.
If you’ve arrived here for the first time, Weekend Eggs is our 12-year-old series of recipes for egg dishes from around the world, which we launched when we launched Grantourismo with a yearlong global grand tour aimed at promoting slow, local and experiential travel, more sustainable, ethical, engaging, and immersive forms of travel.
If you’re a lover of eggs dishes, do dig into our Weekend Eggs archive (link above) for inspiration and ideas. Or browse our collections of our 21 best breakfast recipes of last year and our all-time 12 most popular Weekend Eggs recipes in 12 years of Grantourismo, which we compiled as part of Grantourismo’s 12th birthday celebrations.
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Now let’s tell you all about our best jammy soft boiled eggs recipes.
Jammy Soft Boiled Eggs Recipes for Dishes Much Improved by the Addition of Jammy Eggs
Juicy Meatball Noodle Soup Recipe with Jammy Soft Boiled Eggs and Herbs
My juicy meatball noodle soup recipe with jammy soft boiled eggs will make you succulent pork meatballs that swim in the kind of savoury soup you’ll find all over Southeast Asia, but is closest in style to the traditional Cambodian noodle soup called kuy teav, which we eat here for breakfast in Cambodia‘s northern city of Siem Reap.
This is one of my favourite jammy soft boiled eggs recipes. I use traditional toppings such as sliced carrots and bok choy and provide an array of beloved Southeast Asian condiments and garnishes typically served with noodles soups such as fresh fragrant herbs, crunchy fried shallots, fish sauce, chilli oil, chilli flakes, and chives or spring onions.
The main differences between my meatball noodle soup recipe and the soup you’ll slurp in a local noodle joint are the style of meatballs and the boiled eggs. When eggs are served with noodle soups and rice porridges here in Southeast Asia they’re generally hard boiled, while the meatballs are firm, dense and chewy.
I mostly use homemade chicken stock, which I make using a super easy method I explain in this chicken and potato soup recipe. (I divide it into portions and freeze it in reusable freezer bags or ziploc bags.) But you could use store-bought stock, chicken bouillon or chicken stock cubes.
I use this mortar and pestle for pounding the fresh ginger and garlic. It’s one of our Asian kitchen essentials. If you don’t have a cupboard stocked with our Asian pantry essentials, at the bare minimum I recommend chilli oil, chilli flakes, crispy fried shallots, homemade Sriracha, and a quality fish sauce, such as Thailand’s Megachef.
Southeast Asian BLT Breakfast Salad Recipe with Jammy Soft Boiled Eggs
My Southeast Asian breakfast salad recipe with jammy soft boiled eggs makes a bacon, lettuce and tomato breakfast salad drizzled in a quintessential Southeast Asian dressing, topped with soft boiled eggs, and sprinkled with fresh fragrant coriander and crispy fried shallots.
It makes a fantastic shared breakfast, brunch or lunch and it’s another of my best jammy soft boiled eggs recipes. If you enjoyed my more European style breakfast salad recipe – also inspired by the BLT or bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich – then you’re going to enjoy this, especially if you’re a fan of Southeast Asian flavours.
Because after 12 years living in Southeast Asia, in Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia, plus a couple of dozen years on top of that cooking Southeast Asian cuisines with Terence, I can’t help but reach for the fish sauce in the same way that I once reached for a balsamic vinegar from Modena when making a salad.
Only I look to a fish sauce to add umami-ness, saltiness and savoury flavours to more European style salads as much as to Southeast Asian salads, and that was the case when I first conceived this Southeast Asian breakfast salad recipe based on a BLT breakfast salad
Use a good quality fish sauce. We love Thailand’s Megachef as its sodium levels are consistent, although some of our American readers recommend the Vietnamese-American Red Boat Fish Sauce, although we haven’t tried it as we’ve never seen it in Southeast Asia.
I like to toss the salad ingredients with the dressing first in a mixing bowl and then assemble it on a serving plate or a salad bowl. I also suggest slicing the eggs in half one at a time over the bowl, in case the jammy yolks are still a little runny and spill, as you want them spilling on the salad not wasted on a cutting board.
Thai Rice Soup Recipe with Poached Chicken and Jammy Soft Boiled Eggs for Khao Tom Gai
This easy Thai rice soup recipe with poached chicken and jammy soft-boiled eggs makes khao tom gai, a beloved single-bowl meal in Thailand that’s eaten any time one is in need of comfort or nourishment and it’s another of my top jammy soft boiled eggs recipes.
It may be a cinch to make, but this Thai rice soup recipe creates a sublime rice soup if you’re a lover of the Southeast Asian style rice soups and rice porridges that are enjoyed for breakfast or brunch, a snack or lunch, or even for dinner if you’re feeling under the weather, or supper if you’re seeking to prevent a hangover.
In contrast to a Thai rice porridge or jok, the Thai-Chinese take on congee, which is made with broken rice from scratch and simmered for hours – traditionally it was cooked overnight on charcoal – rice soup or khao tom can be made fresh or with leftover rice cooked in stock. I go with the latter option to use up day-old rice.
I make a stock from the water the chicken has been poached in then simmer leftover rice in that aromatic stock, then top the rice soup with the shredded poached chicken, along with soft-boiled eggs with runny yolks, a sprinkle of sliced scallions and crispy fried onions, and sliced chillies to add some heat.
I’ve adapted this easy Thai rice soup recipe from Thai food master David Thompson’s Thai Street Food cookbook – like a lot our Thai recipes, as we’ve been using David’s books forever. They’re literally falling apart at the seams, with pages dappled in splatters of pastes, curries, sauces, soups – and eggs!
Japanese Fried Rice Bowl Recipe with Soft Jammy Eggs and Karaage Chicken
This Japanese fried rice bowl recipe with jammy eggs and karaage chicken makes a Japanese donburi or rice bowl dish of yakimeshi fried rice with bacon, egg and cabbage, topped with Japanese fried chicken or chicken karaage and soft jammy boiled eggs, and garnished with sliced spring onions and sesame seeds.
One of our favourite Japanese comfort food dishes, it makes a fantastic filling weekend breakfast or mid-week lunch or dinner, and it’s another of our best jammy soft boiled eggs recipes. Like my Japanese fried rice recipe, this Japanese fried rice bowl recipe with jammy eggs and karaage chicken was another experiment with leftovers that turned out so well we turned it into a recipe.
Do use Japanese rice if you can source it – if you can’t find it locally, you can buy it online – and definitely use a rice cooker to steam the rice. I find that two cups of rice makes enough for two people – one cup of rice per person – and is the perfect amount for a traditional Japanese donburi bowl.
As fried rice was invented to use up leftover rice, day-old steamed Japanese rice that’s been refrigerated is best for this dish. But that doesn’t mean you can’t make it on the day. Just-cooked rice will go mushy if you attempt to stir-fry it while warm, but loosely spread it out over a large cold tray, and set it aside to cool, and it will be perfectly fine.
We like to fry our rice in our round flat bottomed wok, which is non-stick and light-weight. If you don’t have a wok, you really should get one. Otherwise, use your favourite frying pan or skillet.
You’ll also need Japanese soy sauce, sesame oil, and shichimi togarashi, the Japanese 7 spice blend. Our Japanese fried rice bowl recipe calls for a mix of white sesame seeds and black sesame seeds, but you could always use your favourite furikake, Japanese seasoning.
Jammy Soft-Boiled Eggs on Sourdough with Dill Cream Cheese and Homemade Pickles
My recipe for jammy soft-boiled eggs on sourdough with dill cream cheese and homemade pickles will make you a less fancy, shareable, snack version of my recipe for slow fried eggs with creamy dill spread on sourdough toast with dill pickles, radishes and sweet paprika, which was inspired by my late grandfather’s daily breakfast. A warning: it’s very filling but utterly addictive
This recipe for jammy soft-boiled eggs on sourdough with dill cream cheese and pickles is for those of you who, like me, loved the combination of flavours in the recipe I shared for slow fried eggs atop a creamy dill spread on toasted sourdough with crunchy gherkins, crisp radishes, drizzled with extra virgin olive oil, and sprinkled with paprika, cracked pepper and sea salt, but…
If you thought, like me, that as delicious as that dish was, and while you might make it for a fancy breakfast or brunch, it would be nice to have an even simpler version that could be prepped quickly and easily as a snack to share, well, here it is! But, as I said, it’s very filling, so don’t make more than you need.
The creamy dill spread is very similar to the slow fried eggs recipe only instead of serving the dill pickles on the side I’ve actually finely diced them and incorporated them into the dill cream cheese spread. You’ll find our recipe for homemade dill pickles here.
I recommend toasted sourdough bread but fresh bread also works and if you have started baking sourdough yet, you’ll find Terence’s complete guide to sourdough baking here.
Antalya Style Turkish White Bean Salad Recipe with Jammy Soft Boiled Eggs
This Antalya style Turkish white bean salad recipe with jammy soft boiled eggs makes you my take on Antalya usulü piyaz – a Turkish white bean salad made the Antalya way – and it’s another of my favourite jammy soft boiled eggs recipes.
Very different to fasulye piyazi, the traditional Turkish bean salad you may have eaten at restaurants in Istanbul and elsewhere in Turkey, Antalya piyaz is unique to Antalya and the surrounding region. Also called tahinli piyaz, as the white bean sauce is made with tahini, it’s on the menu at almost every Antalya eatery, from sit-down restaurants to simple take-away spots.
Traditionally, cold, soupy, garlicky white beans are topped with tomatoes, onions and hard-boiled eggs. Antalya piyaz is customarily served with köfte or Turkish meatballs, and charred roasted green peppers, when in that case the meal is called köfte piyaz.
I’ve said this is my take on the Antalya style Turkish white bean salad recipe for Antalya usulü piyaz, as I’ve made tweaks. My white bean base is creamier and denser in consistency than the traditional soupy white bean salad; it’s more like this hummus-style butter bean dip in texture.
I use cherry tomatoes instead of large tomatoes, purple shallots in lieu of white onions, and jammy soft-boiled eggs rather than hard-boiled eggs. You could use dried or canned white beans, such as haricot beans, also known as navy beans. I like to use tinned butter beans or cannellini beans
I drizzle on extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle on some sumac or ground Aleppo pepper or even chilli flakes just before serving. For a lunch, I serve as pictured, with crispy pita chips, but for dinner, I recommend Turkish meatballs, a mixed grill, sausages, lamb cutlets, or a roast chicken.
Please do let us know in the comments below if you make any of our jammy soft boiled eggs recipes as we love to hear how our recipes turn out for you.