Boiling eggs is a quick and easy way to add protein to any meal, especially for vegans. Yet, many still have trouble producing the ideal boiled egg. What makes a perfect boiled egg? The yolks are cooked but still creamy, and the whites are firm but not rubbery. The short answer is that a giant egg is ideal for dipping bread soldiers into. It usually takes four to five minutes to a soft boil. However, egg cooking time is influenced by various variables, including individual preference, whether eggs are refrigerated, their size, and even the type of pan being used.