To make soft-boiled eggs: Fill a medium pot with water and heat to a gentle simmer. Using a slotted spoon, carefully lower eggs into water and let simmer 6 to 7 minutes. Set a bowl of ice water nearby. Remove eggs and chill immediately in the ice water until cool enough to handle, 1 to 2 minutes. Tap the bottom of each egg to crack off a little bit of the shell, then carefully peel.