Soft-Boiled Egg

MAKES: 1 serving

TIME: Less than 10 minutes

The egg-lovers way to eat eggs, barely cooked, but warm and comforting. Soft-boiled eggs are also great stirred into a bowl of reheated leftover brown rice or a cup of broth.

1 egg

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Fill a saucepan about two-thirds full with water and bring it to a gentle boil.

Use a spoon or some other handy tool to lower the egg into the gently boiling water. Adjust the heat so the mixture barely simmers, then cook for 3 to 4 minutes, the lower time if you want the yolk completely runny and the white still slightly liquid, the latter if you want the white very soft but set.

Run the egg briefly under cold water, crack the shell, and scoop out the egg. Sprinkle with salt and pepper if you like and serve.