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How To Make the Perfect Poached Egg

By Edited Sep 22, 2016 3 2

It is important to learn how to make the perfect poached egg. A properly poached egg is a great breakfast that sets you up properly for the day ahead,  and as we all know thanks to what our grandmother repeatedly told us, breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

I don’t quite know why but poaching an egg properly is not a very hard thing to do but I cannot remember the number of times I have seen it done badly. Maybe it’s because I stay in lousy hotels or have friends with incompetent cooking skills, maybe because there’s water involved and people are used to boiling of frying them. Whatever the reason I have found that getting a perfect poached egg is not all that common, so I have decided to describe how I make the perfect poached egg.

Eggs: The Calorie Content and Cholesterol

There are a number of reasons why eggs should be in included in your diet because they bring with them a number of health benefits which include:

One egg contains 6 grams of high-quality protein and all 9 essential amino acids.

Eggs are one of only a few foods that contain naturally occurring vitamin D which helps keep bones and skin healthy.

The high sulphur content in eggs promotes healthy hair and nails with their wide array of vitamins and minerals.

If you get hungry before lunch time then think about having an egg for breakfast. They fill you up for longer.

How to Poach Eggs

Common Mistakes in Cooking Poached Eggs

Firstly they try and use a deep pot and fill it up to the top with water. It is not necessary to have so much water in order to poach an egg. If you think about it the hot water needs only to cover the egg so a whole pot is certainly not needed.



More Common Errors

A second mistake is using a deep pan which is just not necessary. If you have a normal deep pan filled to the top with water then this gives the egg a lot of room to move. This can lead to the egg becoming stringy and looks a bit like a Scooby Doo ghost as it moves through the water.

To follow this great poached egg recipe don’t use a lot of water and a deep pan but use a frying pan and just about an inch of water at the bottom. This is enough. Trust me.

Too Much Water

Another common tip that I don’t find that useful is to stir the water. The theory behind this is that if the water is turning with suitable force, the egg can be placed in the middle of the pan and the waves keep the egg together. Again this might be true but if you get your timing slightly off then you could place the egg in the middle of the turning water, and this will certainly not help the egg stay together and indeed the exact opposite will happen.

So having said that here is my way to cook what I think are perfect poached eggs. If you follow this recipe then you should be left with an egg that when you cut the joke then it should be runny which is the way I like it. If you prefer you can leave the egg is for slightly longer and get the yoke hard. Whatever way you like it is best for you.

Deep Pot

The steps to making a perfect poached egg are quite simple but that doesn’t make them easy.

  1. Take a frying pan and place about an inch of water in the bottom of the pan.
  2.  Let it come to a boil and reduce the heat. The water should be near boiling but not an aggressive rolling boil.
  3. Break the eggs gently and place it in the water
  4. Cook the egg for exactly 3 minutes. Use a timer.
  5. Remove the egg carefully and place on kitchen towel for a couple of seconds to absorb the excess water.
  6. If you prefer you can add a little salt and pepper to taste and serve on warm buttered toast.

Using Some Vinegar in the Water

So there you have it, my recipe for a perfectly cooked poached egg. Now I only need to get this information out to all the hotels and restaurants I eat in.

If you cook your eggs in a different way or have a great egg recipe then feel free to share it and leave a comment. I would love to hear about how you make the perfect egg recipes.

Stirring the Water

Another common tip that I don’t find that useful is to stir the water. The theory behind this is that if the water is turning with suitable force, the egg can be placed in the middle of the pan and the waves keep the egg together. Again this might be true but if you get your timing slightly off then you could place the egg in the middle of the turning water, and this will certainly not help the egg stay together and indeed the exact opposite will happen.

So having said that here is my way to cook what I think are perfect poached eggs. If you follow this recipe then you should be left with an egg that when you cut the joke then it should be runny which is the way I like it. If you prefer you can leave the egg is for slightly longer and get the yoke hard. Whatever way you like it is best for you.

The steps to making a perfect poached egg are quite simple but that doesn’t make them easy.

  1. Take a frying pan and place about an inch of water in the bottom of the pan.
  2.  Let it come to a boil and reduce the heat. The water should be near boiling but not an aggressive rolling boil.
  3. Break the eggs gently and place it in the water
  4. Cook the egg for exactly 3 minutes. Use a timer.
  5. Remove the egg carefully and place on kitchen towel for a couple of seconds to absorb the excess water.
  6. If you prefer you can add a little salt and pepper to taste and serve on warm buttered toast.

So there you have it, my recipe for a perfectly cooked poached egg. Now I only need to get this information out to all the hotels and restaurants I eat in.

If you cook your eggs in a different way or have a great egg recipe then feel free to share it and leave a comment. I would love to hear about how you make the perfect egg recipes.

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Comments

Sep 1, 2012 8:04am
Amerowolf
Never heard of that vinegar thing, really I think the best thing that binds an egg together is properly boiling water.

I always salt the water and put the egg on toast to it absorbs the excess salt water. It's possibly one of many reasons I have high blood pressure, lol.
Jan 24, 2014 3:09am
Yngwie
I enjoy poaching eggs. I spin the water well before dropping one in. Good points raised.
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