If you enjoy your eggs with a runny, velvety yolk perfect for soaking up with toast (hello, eggs Benedict), then you may fancy dippy eggs.

Made with four simple ingredients and ready in under 15 minutes, this simple British recipe will quickly become a popular breakfast at your house.

What are dippy eggs?

A dippy egg is a soft-boiled egg served with toast cut into long, narrow strips called soldiers. The eggs are traditionally left unpeeled and served in adorable egg cups that hold them upright to facilitate yummy toast-dipping action.

The Brits have the best names for foods (and baking phrases), from toad in a hole to a jam roly poly, and dippy eggs are no exception!

How do you eat dippy eggs?

It’s not just the name that’s fun; eating dippy eggs is a total blast, too. You’ll use a sharp knife or shell cutter to gently crack open and remove the top portion of the egg’s shell and white to reveal the gooey, soft-cooked yolk within. Then, dip away with as many toast soldiers as you please.

How to Make Dippy Eggs

This recipe makes 3 dippy eggs with toast soldiers.


3 large eggs
3 slices bread (choose something that’s sturdy once toasted)
Butter, for spreading on the toast
Pinch of salt, optional


Step 1: Cook the eggs

Bring a small pot of water to a gentle boil. Then, carefully lower the eggs into the boiling water and cook for 5-6 minutes. Remove promptly to a bowl of cold water and let cool slightly.

Editor’s Tip: There’s more than one way to boil an egg. Try adapting the times noted in this guide for making perfect hard-boiled eggs five different ways. No matter the method you choose, remember that timing matters when making soft-boiled eggs. You don’t want the yolks to overcook.

Step 2: Prepare your soldiers

While the eggs cool, toast your bread (don’t make these toaster mistakes). Spread generously with butter and cut into narrow strips about 1/2-inch wide. Set aside.

Step 3: Crack open and serve

Use a spoon or sharp knife to remove the top portion of the egg’s shell and white to reveal the soft-cooked yolk. Place the eggs upright in an egg cup and pair with toast soldiers for dipping. Serve immediately.

What to Serve with Dippy Eggs

Enjoy dippy eggs as a standalone breakfast or serve alongside side dishes like bacon or fruit salad. You can stick to British breakfast customs and serve dippy eggs with a batch of English scones and a cup of black tea. Cheers!

Up Next: Travel even further and dip into these Turkish eggs.

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