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Air Fryer Soft Boiled Eggs

Don’t let the title mislead you. While I’m calling these air fryer soft boiled eggs, they aren’t boiled at all. They’re cooked in the air fryer, and they couldn’t be easier to make, or more perfect! Look…

Two soft boiled eggs cooked in an air fryer on a white plate with toast and parsley.

If you’re a fan of a soft runny yolk surrounded with a perfectly cooked white frame, then cooking soft boiled eggs in an air fryer is an easy method you simply must try!!

**Please Note – The printable recipe card with detailed instructions, complete ingredient measurements, and nutritional information for making air fryer soft boiled eggs is available at the end of this post. OR you can hit the “jump to recipe” button (found above) to be taken directly to the recipe. 


A horizontal photo of soft boiled eggs with runny, drippy yolks in egg cups and salt and pepper shakers in the background.

The ingredient list:

  • 2 eggs (per serving)
  • salt and pepper
  • bread or toast

Kitchen tools and equipment needed:

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A vertical photo of a hand holding an egg cracker topper on an air fryer soft boiled egg.

Why this dish is also known as “eggs and soldiers?”

It’s a British thing, and I love it!

I’ve read some say that the name goes back to the children’s rhyme Humpty Dumpty.

Remember it? It goes like this;

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall. Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. All the king’s horses, and all the king’s men (the “soldiers,” a.k.a “men” are toast or bread strips), couldn’t put Humpty together again.

Sad, for Humpty. But tasty none the less.

Or, this more straightforward explanation…Maybe not as fun, but it is still just as scrummy;

Dippy-eggs wait patiently in their stand-up-straight egg cups for thin strips of toast or bread (the “soldiers”) to eagerly dive in and be devoured.

For more about British foods, American’s love, check out this article from The Daily Meal.

Savor the flavor of air fryer soft-boiled eggs:

Soft-cooked eggs are meant to be eaten slowly, with every dip and every bite being deliberately savored and enjoyed.

Like you never want the experience to end!

So, slow down and take your time! Your day will still be waiting for you when you’re finished, but at least you’ll have had a few moments of pure bliss to look back on the rest of the day!

A toast point being dipped into a runny yolk of a soft boiled eggs.

For the love of a runny yolk:

You either love a runny yolk, or you’re simply not a fan.

Personally, it took a long time for me to truly appreciate the silky rich goodness that only a runny yolk can provide.

Today, I can proudly boast that I fully understand, appreciate, and enjoy just how delicious the golden gravy of the gods truly is!

And now, with this quick and easy method for making soft boiled eggs in the air fryer, you can bet I’ll be indulging in my new found love for the dippy yolk a tremendous amount going forward, and hopefully, you will too.

How to lop off the top of a soft boiled egg?

You can either use a spoon to gently tap around the top portion of the shell to crack and gently remove the “lid” from the soft boiled egg.

Or, you can use and egg cracker topper (as I did, and you’ll see in the photos and video).

By using the egg cracker topper you’ll get a clean-cut rim which makes removing the “lid” easy and effortless.

Tips for making the BEST air fryer soft boiled eggs:

  • Bring eggs to room temperature before air-frying. 30 minutes on the counter before cooking should be sufficient.
  • After cooking, use tongs (caution eggs will be hot), to place the eggs into a bowl of cold water for 1 – 2 minutes.
  • Dry the eggs with paper towels before placing them into the egg cups.
  • If you like your yolks cooked slightly harder than shown, cook them for an additional 60-90 seconds.
  • Extra-large eggs will require a slightly longer cooking time.
  • Since all air fryers can vary slightly (just as regular ovens), you may need to experiment with your brand of air fryer and cooking times to come up with the perfect soft boiled egg consistency to suit your preferences.

Want more air fryer egg recipes?

*Air Fryer Scrambled Eggs (pictured below)

Think you can’t make scrambled eggs in an air fryer? Think again. I’ve done the testing on temperature and time, and the results are fluffy and delicious.

A plate of air fryer scrambled eggs with toast and a salt and pepper shaker in the background.

*Air Fryer Fried Eggs (pictured below)

“Follow along as I show you my easy method for how to fry eggs in an air fryer. Step away from the stovetop with this fast and cool cooking method.”

Fried eggs on a white plate with a fork and an air fryer in the background

*Air Fryer Soft Boiled Eggs (pictured below) THIS IS THE PLACE!!

Vertical title text image of air fryer soft boiled eggs in egg cups on a white plate with toast and parsley.

The perfect soft boiled eggs aren’t boiled at all…they’re air fried!

Below is the printable recipe card along with the exact ingredient measurements and nutritional information for making today’s easy air fryer egg recipe.

Yield: 1 serving

Air Fryer Soft Boiled Eggs

Air Fryer Soft Boiled Eggs

The perfect soft boiled eggs aren't boiled at all...they're air-fried!!

Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 8 minutes


  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 2 slices bread, toasted


  1. Gently place the room temperature eggs in the basket of an air fryer.
  2. Set the temperature to 250-degrees and the timer for 8 minutes.
  3. Start the air fryer.
  4. Once cooked, use tongs to immediately add the eggs to a bowl of cold water for 1-2 minutes.
  5. Dry the eggs with a paper towel and place the soft-cooked eggs in egg cups.
  6. Gently lop off the eggshell "lid" (using your preferred method), and season the egg with salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Dip toast into the egg (if desired) and enjoy!

Nutrition Information


1 serving

Serving Size

2 eggs

Amount Per Serving Calories 276Total Fat 11gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 7gCholesterol 372mgSodium 960mgCarbohydrates 26gFiber 2gSugar 3gProtein 17g

The nutritional information and calorie count provided is intended as a guideline only and has been provided by third-party software.

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Saturday 19th of September 2020

No idea why this needs a whole page of babble for a few lines of recipe. Why does everyone do that? That's time out of my life I'll never get back and now I don't even feel like any eggs....

Can't find recipe

Sunday 6th of December 2020

@Renée, Gah is right. I actually haven't even found the recipe yet. I'm still looking for it


Sunday 20th of September 2020

If you were really concerned about how to best spend the time you have left in your life you wouldn't leave nasty comments...anywhere! Move along.


Monday 10th of August 2020

I love this idea! My family loves eggs and they are definitely going to love this! Can't wait!


Monday 10th of August 2020

Awesome. Thanks, Beth!


Saturday 18th of July 2020

Followed the instructions exactly (patiently waited 1/2 hour) but the white was only cooked a little and mostly runny. I put the 2nd egg back for about 4 minutes which came out fairly firm white and creamy yolk. I have Philips HD9220 3ishQt AF. FYI- I always pierce my eggs when I soft boil on the stove. I was worried that these might explode b/c I didn’t pierce these, but they didn’t. Thank you for the recipe. GrammyG


Saturday 18th of July 2020

Hi, GrammyG! I'm sorry your eggs took so much longer to cook than mine, but I'm glad they didn't explode. To be honest, I think every air fryer cooks for different times depending on the size. I wish I had several air fryers so I could experiment. Alas, I can only write for the one I own. In any case, you're welcome for the recipe even though your eggs took longer than expected. You're very kind. Take good care, Renee


Monday 15th of June 2020

Mine were hardly done after 8 minutes:(. Even 12 wasn't enough.


Monday 15th of June 2020

I'm sorry to hear that, Yvonne. I wonder why? Maybe it's because our air fryers are different sizes? Or maybe our egg sizes are different? I used large. Or, possibly, like ovens, they (air fryers) tend to run at different temperatures? Whatever the reason, it's too bad that my recipe time didn't work for you. I do hope you figured out the best time and temperature for making soft boiled eggs in your own AF. Take good care, Renee

Erica Schwarz

Sunday 29th of March 2020

My eggs were perfect! Used my air fryer and followed the directions as written. Toast dipped in the runny yolk is the best!


Monday 30th of March 2020

The air fryer is the way to go! Glad to hear it, Erica!