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How to Make Poached Eggs

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Poaching eggs can be a tricky thing to do, mainly because they break very easily. The idea is to cook the egg white while keeping a very liquid yolk. 5-Minute Crafts put together step-by-step instructions for 3 techniques to poach eggs without breaking them.

Kitchen utensils

Depending on the method you choose, you’ll need different utensils:

Method 1

  • A pot

  • A skimmer

Method 2

  • A pot

  • A fish spatula

  • Silicone molds (other materials work just as well)

Method 3

  • A pot

  • A steam pot

  • Molds

Ingredients

  • Eggs

  • Water

  • White vinegar

  • Salt

  • Pepper

  • Bread

  • Any extra ingredients you would like to serve with the dish (avocado, tomato, guacamole, beans, ham, cheese, bacon, sausage, or anything else).

Method 1: Poaching directly in the water

  1. Put 2 cups of water in the pot and 2 tablespoons of white vinegar. Mix.
  2. Heat the mixture until it comes to a boil.
  3. Once it is boiling, immerse the skimmer in the boiling water and move it around to create a kind of whirlpool.

4. Quickly crack the egg and pour it into the water. The swirling effect together with the vinegar will give it a compact shape. That way the egg white won’t spread around and the yolk won’t separate.

5. Cook for 5 or 6 minutes.

6. Remove the egg with the skimmer.

7. Serve on a piece of toast smeared with the ingredient of your choice, or with the garnish of your choice. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Method 2: Poaching au bain-marie

  1. Put some water in the pot and bring it to a boil. It is important that the pot isn’t completely filled with water.
  2. Break the eggs and pour them into the molds. Add a little salt and pepper.
  3. When the water starts boiling, put the molds in the pan and cover it.

4. Cook for 5 minutes.

5. Carefully remove the eggs using a spatula to get them out of the mold.

6. Place them on top of sliced bread or use them as a garnish.

Method 3: Poaching in a steam-pot

  1. Fill a pot with water almost up to the top.
  2. Place the steamer on top of the pot when the water is boiling.
  3. Put the eggs in molds. Add salt and pepper to taste.

4. Cook for 7 or 8 minutes.

5. Carefully remove the eggs from the molds and serve.

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