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poached egg on a plate, yolk cut through and seasoned with black pepper

How to Poach An Egg

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Created by Mariam E.
Firm whites holding in a creamy golden yolk, poached eggs are perfect for any meal of the day. Here are a couple ways to perfectly poach an egg. Have it for breakfast or on top of a grain bowl, greens, noodles, and more!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Breakfast, Breakfast/Brunch
Cuisine American
Servings 1 serving
serving

Ingredients

  • 1 egg or more

Instructions

Whirlpool Method:

  • In a pot, bring 4 inches of water to boil.
  • Crack your egg into a mesh sieve and strain off liquid whites.
  • Once boiled, lower the heat and stir the water quickly in one direction to create a whirlpool in your pot. Add your single egg into the center of the whirlpool. Let the eggs cook for 3 minutes.
  • Remove the egg with a slotted spoon.

Shallow Water Method:

  • This method is great if you are poaching 2+ eggs.
  • In a shallow pan, bring 2 inches of water to a boil.
  • Crack each of your eggs into a mesh sieve and strain off liquid whites and set each of them aside.
  • Once boiled, lower the heat so the water is very gently simmering and then add your eggs, one at a time, with space between each of them. Place the lid on and let sit for 4 to 4.5 minutes.
  • Turn off the heat and remove the eggs with a slotted spoon one at a time.

Strainer Method:

  • In a pot, bring 3-4 inches of water to a boil.
  • Crack each of your eggs into a mesh sieve and strain off liquid whites then once the water has boiled, lower the heat and place the mesh sieve with the egg into the pot of water.
  • In the water, gently run a spoon around the egg inside the sieve to loosen the whites so they wrap around the egg yolk and don’t get stuck to the sieve.
  • Let poach for 3 minutes or until the whites have set and serve.

Microwave Method:

  • In a small microwave safe bowl, add in 1 cup of water.
  • Crack each of your eggs into a mesh sieve and strain off liquid whites and add to the bowl
  • Microwave for 60 seconds.
  • Remove the egg with a slotted spoon and serve.

Notes

Nutritional info only includes one egg and no additional ingredients.

Nutrition

Calories: 63kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 164mg | Sodium: 62mg | Potassium: 61mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 238IU | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 1mg
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