How to make poached eggs easily at home

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Poached eggs are loved by many people, but a big chunk of us are a little scared to try this cooking method.

In all honesty, a poached egg shouldn’t cause too much stress.

Just follow our step by step guide below and serve up café style eggs anytime of the day.

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Is there anything better than cutting into a perfectly poached egg and letting the yolk run all over the place?

Poached Eggs

4 quick tips for poaching eggs:

  1. Use the freshest eggs possible to avoid the egg white coming billowing too much.
  2. Add 30 seconds or so for each extra egg you add to the pan.
  3. Don’t overcrowd the saucepan, cook in batches if necessary. A medium saucepan should accommodate approximately 4 eggs.
  4. Add a splash of white vinegar if you want your whites to stay more intact.

How to poach an egg:

  • Fill a medium sized saucepan 2/3 full of water and bring to the boil.
  • Place each egg separately into a small teacup or measuring cup.
  • Add a splash of white vinegar to help keep the eggs in shape (it won’t affect the taste).
  • Turn the heat down to a gentle bubble and carefully pour each egg in as close as possible to the water. Give each egg its own space in the pan.
  • Keep an eye on the pan to ensure it is bubbling but not going wild.
  • Cook for 3- 4 minutes depending on how you like your eggs. Add 30 seconds for each egg you are cooking.
  • Use a slotted spoon to carefully pick up one egg at a time, allowing the water to drip off. If the whites look too wobbly for your liking, carefully lower it back into the water for a bit longer.

Best ways to enjoy a poached egg

Poached Eggs Collage

  • On toast for breakfast with some sliced avocado and tomato.
  • On top of your stir fry or noodles.
  • Alongside some roast veggies and steamed greens.
  • As a final protein hit for a tasty salad for one.
  • On a wrap with ham and Parmesan cheese.
  • Make breakfast for dinner with poached eggs, avocado, mushrooms and spinach.
  • Pop it on top of your bowl of fried rice just before serving.

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