How to poach an egg

Poached Egg Perfection In Three Minutes

Not sure how to poach an egg? It's easier than it sounds. Learn how to make the perfect poached egg in just three minutes with our simple how-to tutorial.

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ABCs of poaching an egg

Poaching is a cooking technique you can use for eggs, but you can also use it for fish or chicken. When poaching an egg, use water. (Note: To poach fish or chicken, you would use stock instead of water.)

First, bring a saucepan of water to a simmer. Add a pinch of salt and a little bit of white vinegar. Salt and vinegar are acidic, so they'll set the protein of the egg.

Crack an egg on the counter and pour it into a small bowl. Ensure that there are no shells in the egg. Slowly dip the bowl into the water and allow the egg to float into the pan. Set the bowl aside.

If you want your egg soft poached, allow it to remain in the water for about three minutes. Once the white has set around the egg, use a slotted spoon to move away the excess protein. Scoop your egg and use a paper towel to soak up the water.

And that's it! You have a perfect poached egg. Enjoy!

Try a delicious poached egg with turkey sausage crostini >>

Helpful tips

Make sure there is enough water in your saucepan for the egg to completely submerge. If you'd like your poached egg a bit firmer, leave it in the water for slightly longer than three minutes.

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Comments on "How to poach an egg"

Lilly February 13, 2014 | 12:04 PM

Thanks to this I was able to get poached eggs right from the first time. But I added around 2 tablespoons of salt, and a tablespoon of vinegar. Then I used a slotted wooden spoon, which I found to be great since it was almost flat. Then I just used that spoon to make a whirlpool, not too fast, more like medium, and dropped the egg gently from the bowl into the water. If you use the tutorial and my method, you should be able to get it right from the get go. Good luck and enjoy :)

Shannon June 29, 2012 | 1:19 PM

After many failed tries I have finally discovered the trick to a proper poached egg. Break the egg into a ramekin then add a drop of vinegar to it. After turning down the boiling water whisk it vigorously to make a hurricane effect then drop the egg in.

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