As much as I love poached eggs, I realized the other day that I rarely make them at home. I don’t know why that is. Starting today, I am going to change that. A perfectly poached egg is a beautiful thing, and can elevate your meal from plain old every day to something really special. Life is short. Treat yourself to the good stuff,
It doesn’t take that much effort, or time, and if you are watching your calorie intake, it costs about 60 calories less than a fried egg.
Fresh eggs are best for poaching, the whites are stronger and hold together better.
Gordon Ramsay demonstrates how to poach a single egg, and I certainly do not know more than he does on this subject, but I can cook up to 4 eggs at a time using the method below. It is a more practical method for me.
You will need a deep sided 12″ frying pan for 4 eggs. This video demonstrates the technique, but he does skip the step where you drain the egg on the paper towel. The point of the video is to give you a visual guide to the written instructions below.
How to Poach an Egg
Crack each egg into its own bowl or onto a saucer. If there is any very runny white surrounding the thicker white then tip this away.
Give the frying pan a quick spritz of Pam, or any other cooking oil spray. You don’t need a lot. You just want to prevent any sticking to the bottom. This will help you with clean up later. (if you are using non stick cook ware, you can skip this step)
Put at least 2 inches (5cm) of water into a 12″ skillet and bring to a simmer.
Add 1 teaspoon of plain white vinegar the simmering water
Carefully tip the eggs into the pan.
Cook for 2 minutes then turn off the heat. Check for done-ness. There are LOTS of variables for cooking time: size of egg, how many in the pan, how hot your simmering water is and even altitude come into play here. This morning, I poached 2 eggs and they were done after 2 minutes. So, after you have turned the water off and checked for done-ness, you may want to leave the eggs the pan for a few minutes longer. If you have a lot of eggs in the pan, this may take 8-10 minutes. Or maybe less. Like I said, there are a lot of factors to consider.
Meanwhile, place a double layer of paper towel on a plate (or a couple of plates, depending on how many eggs you are actually poaching. Set aside
When they have reached your desired level of done-ness, lift the eggs out of the water with a slotted spoon and place on the paper towels. This may seem like an unnecessary step, but it is very important! It gets rid of any excess moisture clinging to the egg so you don’t end up with soggy eggs on your plate.
Gently transfer eggs from the paper towel to plates and serve.