Poached Eggs: How to Poach Eggs Perfectly
Never mind that question about what came first: the chicken or the egg. The real question on everyone’s mind: How do you poach that egg?! Learn how to do it perfectly every time with this recipe.
I have a confession to make: I didn’t try poached eggs until I was an adult. It’s true. I didn’t know, okay! I… didn’t know. My exposure to eggs was limited to scrambled, omelets, and fried. Then I saw poacher cups at the store and I was intrigued. “Poacher” sounds like a bad word. I had no idea how “poaching” an egg was a method of cooking. After some research and trial-and-error, I came up with this recipe. If you’ve never tried poached eggs, now is a perfect time to do so!
Why You will love this recipe
- Poaching is one of the best ways to create a healthy egg dish. There’s no need to add butter or oils or anything else that might compromise the nutritional value of the egg.
- They are easy to make. It requires just a few ingredients you probably already have at home.
- They fit nicely in any number of diets. Keto, paleo, low-carb, whole30, Mediterranean, and gluten-free all include poached eggs, as they are naturally occurring, high in protein and low in carbs.
- They are a great way to start the day. They contains lots of protein and take no time to make, so they’re ideal for when you’re in a rush. And because they’re easy to make, you can do so even when you’re still half asleep!
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
- pinch of salt & pepper
Crack the eggs in separate small bowls and set aside. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the vinegar then reduce heat to LOW.
Stir the water to create a vortex then pour the egg into the middle of the vortex. Slowly simmer the eggs for the time indicated in the chart below then remove the poached egg from the water.
|Soft Poached||Medium Poached||Hard Poached|
|3-4 minutes||4-5 minutes||6-7 minutes|
Set on a paper towel to remove excess water. Season the poached eggs with salt and pepper. Serve on bread or toast and garnish with chopped chives.
Are Poached Eggs Healthy?
- As I’ve mentioned, poached eggs can be a part of a multitude of diets. Yes, poached eggs are keto friendly. Keto, paleo, low-carb, whole30, Mediterranean, and gluten-free diets all include poached eggs.
- They contain all 9 essential amino acids in their protein. What makes an amino acid essential? The body needs them to function but can’t produce them itself.
- Eggs are rich in vitamins and minerals, including vitamin D, vitamin B12, riboflavin, selenium, and choline — all important in maintaining bone strength, your immune system, and brain function. They also contain omega-3 fatty acids, which is good news for your heart.
What To Serve With poached eggs
Air Fryer Toast – Did you know you can make toast in an air fryer? Trust me, once you try this method, you won’t want toast any other way.
Breakfast Cauliflower Pizza With Eggs And Leek Bacon Pesto – This healthy breakfast cauliflower pizza has soft eggs and a leek bacon pesto. You’ll never know it’s secretly high in protein, gluten free and low carb! You could even serve it as breakfast for dinner!
Thai Green Curry Eggs Benedict With Healthy Hollandaise Sauce – A quick and easy, Thai twist on the classic eggs benedict recipe that uses green curry paste and coconut oil to make a healthy hollandaise sauce!
Keto Almond-Flour Bread – This low-carb, easily crafted bread is the answer to your prayers. Dense with nutrients and flavor, it will satisfy your bread cravings despite your keto lifestyle. Have it toasted or untoasted.
Poacher cups make it easier to produce eggs in the right shape but they’re by no means necessary. Between the vinegar and the whirlpool, your eggs should resemble a small, manageable circle, ideal for serving.
Yes. After the eggs are done cooking, place them carefully in an ice water bath. Let them cool down completely in the ice bath then transfer them on a paper towel to remove excess water. Store in a container until used.
Vinegar helps to retain the shape of the egg while cooking. Use only white vinegar, otherwise your eggs will change color.
How To Store Poached Eggs
This can be tricky, as poached eggs are fragile and can easily break. If you’re careful with them, however, you can store them for later consumption. Fish the eggs out of the water and set on a paper towel to dry off. Put them in an airtight container and fill with cold water. This will prevent them from drying out and/or sticking to each other. They should keep for up to 2 days in the fridge. To reheat, put the eggs in hot (but not boiling) water. The hot water will warm them up without overcooking them.
Perfectly Poached Eggs
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
- pinch salt & pepper
- Crack the eggs in separate small bowls and set aside.
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the vinegar then reduce to LOW heat. Stir the water to create a vortex then pour the egg into the middle of the vortex.
- Slowly simmer the eggs for 3 minutes then remove the poached egg from the water. Set on a paper towel to remove excess water.
- Season the poached eggs with salt and pepper. Serve on bread or toast and garnish with chopped chives.
- Poacher cups make it easier to produce eggs in the right shape but they’re by no means necessary. Between the vinegar and the whirlpool, your eggs should resemble a small, manageable circle, ideal for serving.
- Vinegar helps to retain the shape of the egg while cooking. Use only white vinegar, otherwise your eggs will change color.
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