MasterChef at Home: How to Make Perfect ‘Jammy’ Eggs

MasterChef at Home: How to Make Perfect ‘Jammy’ Eggs

MasterChef Favourite Alvin Quah left the 2022 competition in sixth place (like he did back in 2010) after a challenging two-round Tassie oyster elimination – and the interference of the elements. After departing the MasterChef kitchen, Quah shared his favourite easy cooking hack with Lifehacker Australia: how to master perfect “jammy” eggs.

Here’s what he shared.

MasterChef at Home: Cooking perfect jammy eggs

Cook time: Approximately 6.5 minutes if eggs are refrigerated, and 5.5 minutes if eggs are at room temperature.

Explaining the hack over email, Quah shared that “This is the fail-proof way of getting the perfectly cooked egg with the yolk being slightly runny, or a jammy consistency”.

What you’ll need for perfect jammy eggs:


  • 1 large bowl of ice-cold water
  • 2 eggs


  • 1 slotted spoon
  • 1 saucepan

Directions for perfect jammy eggs:

  1. Ensure that you have your saucepan of water on a rolling boil. Gently place your eggs in the saucepan and allow it to cook for the amount of time – 6.5 minutes if your eggs are refrigerated or 5.5 minutes if they are at room temperature.
  2. At the end of the cooking time, scoop the eggs out with a slotted spoon and immediately plunge into a bowl of ice-cold water for about 1 minute.
  3. Crack then gently peel the eggs. Slice in half and serve on toast or on your favourite bowl of noodles.

For more MasterChef recipes to try after this easy pasta dish, check out this one-pot braised potato dish, Aldo’s favourite easy pasta, or fried chicken next.

MasterChef Australia Fans & Favourites 2022 airs Sunday – Thursday at 7.30 pm on 10 and 10 play on demand. 

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