Soft Boiled Eggs with Cumin and Brown Butter Sauce – Recipe

Posted by on Jan 11, 2012 in Breakfast, Food Journal

Soft Boiled Eggs with Cumin and Brown Butter Sauce – Recipe

Brown Butter

Soft boiled eggs with cumin and brown butter sauce (recipe follows) – I’m not really sure if I had ever actually eaten soft boiled eggs until I met my husband Xavier. When we first got together, he would tell me about one of his favorite breakfasts (soft boiled eggs sprinkled with cumin and served with saltines and butter). It’s something his mother would always make and therefore, one of his comfort foods.  I always thought it sounded pretty good, but never was excited about it enough to make it. So, one morning my darling Xavier surprised me with breakfast. Guess what it was. That’s right, at least I hope you guessed right, it’s what we’ve been talking about in some detail :). Delicious, silky soft boiled egg heaven! Why oh why had nobody ever told me about this luxurious yumminess. Yes, it’s sad, I had been failed my whole life on soft boiled eggs :( . Don’t let this happen to the people you love :D ! However, I didn’t feel right giving you a recipe that involved saltines (not that they don’t have their place-a somewhere, I guess). So, I made a little change to kind of “chef it up”! I hope you love it! Happy Cooking!


Yummy Soft Boiled Eggs Before They're Mashed Up

2 eggs
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon brown butter


1. Place eggs in a saucepan and cover them with water. Allow them to set for about 10 minutes (this helps prevent the eggs from cracking since they warm up a little and don’t go from super cold to hot so fast).
2. Place the butter in a saute pan and heat it until it is light brown. Set it to the side *it is a little difficult to make a tiny amount of brown butter and get it out of the pan, so I recommend making a few tablespoons and putting the left overs into the fridge tightly covered (you can use the extra on fish, toast, in a sauce, anywhere you would use butter-just don’t heat it too much more or it’ll be black butter :)).
3. Turn the eggs onto high heat and bring the water to a boil.
4. Allow the eggs to boil for about 2-3 minutes. It’s best to do an extra egg the first time you make this and take it out at the two minute mark and see if it’s done. You have to know your stove. How long it takes the water to boil plays a big factor in the timing.
5. Remove the eggs from the heat.
6. Slice the egg in half (still in its’ shell) with a knife and scoop out the insides into a bowl using a spoon – be careful, it will be hot! I usually use a washcloth to hold onto the egg while I cut and scoop it. Also, don’t get frustrated, this maneuver takes a little practice :D !
7. Sprinkle the eggs with the cumin – feel free to use more then the recipe says.
8. Spoon a little brown butter (just the oil, not the foam) on top of the eggs and serve with toast.
Yield 1 serving

Soft Boiled Eggs with Cumin and Brown Butter Sauce - YUM :D


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