Poached eggs are my favorite way of making regular old eggs more fabulous. And whipping them up in your own kitchen is easier than you think. Once you get the hang of it, you will want to make them again and again. Let me show you how.
Two runny poached eggs over a bed of sauteed kale with a side of bacon is my ideal breakfast. I have always loved the golden delicious yolk oozing all over my food. Mmmmmmm!
I’ve noticed that many folks tend to stay away from attempting making poached eggs at home. Did you know that with just a few little helpful tips, you can be making poached eggs at home just like you get at your favorite brunch place? You will want to put these soft, velvety babies on EVERYTHING!
Basically what you are doing is filling a pan with water, bringing it to a very gentle simmer, adding your eggs, and allowing them to cook. I tend to be a perfectionist in the kitchen and don’t care for raggedy edges on my poached eggs, so I have a little trick to share to keep them smooth and round. It does involve one quick extra step, but it’s totally worth it if you like pretty poached eggs.
Here’s a few tips to make your poached eggs come out perfectly EVERY time:
- Use the freshest, best quality eggs that you can find.
- Use a VERY gentle simmer. (Too cold water will allow your yolk and whites to separate and too hot water will leave you with an egg explosion.)
- Crack your egg individually into a fine mesh sieve and allow the whispier whites to drain out for a couple of seconds. Then gently slide each egg into it’s own little bowl before placing it into the pan. You can use ramekins, measuring cups, or small glasses for this. Do not use the egg if the yolk cracks.
- Gently slide (not drop or plop) your eggs into the water.
- Give your eggs some space, and never let them touch. This means only doing 2-4 eggs at a time is realistic.
- If your eggs are sinking down to the bottom of the pan, gently use your long-handled spoon to lift the egg upward and encouraging the whites to stay together.
- And most importantly, don’t stress. Poached eggs do not have to look perfect. You’ll notice that some eggs work more beautifully than others. Have fun with it.
Watch me slide my eggs into the gently simmering water:
This is how I keep my eggs from sticking to the bottom of the pan:
- 2–4 large fresh eggs
- Crack each eggs into a fine mesh sieve, allow to drain for 3-5 seconds, then slide into it’s own individual container.
- In a large skillet, bring 2-3 inches of water to a boil than turn down heat to a VERY gentle simmer.
- VERY gently slide each egg individually into the water.
- Allow to cook for 2 to 4 minutes, depending if you want a runny, medium, or firm egg. You can use your long-handled spoon to gently encourage the eggs off the bottom surface and to keep whites together.
- Remove eggs from water with a slotted spoon and place onto a paper towel to drain. Serve and enjoy!
You can make your poached eggs ahead of time. Simply undercook them slightly and immediately place them into a bowl of cold water. Cover and store in fridge for up to a day. Reheat in gently simmering water for 30-45 seconds. Drain and serve.
Adding a few drops of vinegar to your water will help the egg whites stay intact. This can, however, impart a slight vinegar flavor to your eggs.
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