Œufs Mouillettes (Boiled Eggs)

The French are not very into eating eggs or savory things at breakfast. But there’s one egg dish that they love to eat first thing in the morning: this œuf à la coque mouillettes.

Serves: 4Hands-on: 10 minutesTotal: 10 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 4


  • 4 slices whole wheat bread
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 6 eggs


  • Toast the slices of bread, then spread butter on them. Cut them in long sticks about ½" wide. They are called mouillettes, because you are going to wet them (mouiller) by dipping them in the egg.
  • Fill a large saucepan with water and bring to a boil over high heat. With a tablespoon, plunge the eggs in the boiling water and leave them for 4 minutes.
  • Fill a large bowl with ice water. When the eggs are boiled, transfer with a slotted spoon to the ice water for 10 seconds.
  • Put an egg in an egg cup, and use a knife to cut off the top of the egg.
  • Serve the egg cups with the mouillettes to dip into the soft-boiled eggs.