How to poach an egg

So we’ve done a few posts lately on eggs: how to hard boil, how to devil, how to separate…well, you also need to know how to poach an egg.

This is simple if you follow the technique and have a bit of humor for when it gets all messed up (this is a family website, I wanted to say something else). It’s hard to make every one work out just right, but this will give you the best chances!!

How to poach an egg

When you love eggs benedict as much as I do, then knowing how to poach an egg is important.

  1.  Do one egg at a time
  2.  Heat a few inches of water over high heat.
  3.  Add a splash of white vinegar
  4.  Crack the egg into a small bowl
  5.  When the water is almost boiling but not yet boiling, give the water a swirl with a spoon.
  6.  While the water is swirling, gently slide the egg from the bowl into the nearly boiling water and gently try to give the water another swirl without touching the egg.
  7.  The egg white will likely release some, but if you can keep the water moving a bit, it will likely wrap around itself. Whatever doesn’t, don’t worry about.
  8.  After about 3-4 minutes, use a large slotted spoon to remove from the water. You’ll know when it is done when the egg looks like it is together but still jiggles when you touch it.
  9.  Place the poached egg on a paper towel to drain off some of the water.
  10. Add to whatever dish you want a poached egg on. Shown here on a piece of cheese toast, topped with fresh cracked black pepper.
how to poach an egg

Crack into a separate bowl

poaching an egg

Gently add to swirling water

poaching an egg

Gently remove with slotted spoon

poaching an egg

Drain on paper towels

how to poach an egg

Serve how ever you like!

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