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The Art of Poached Eggs

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Amongst all the ways that an egg can be cooked, poached eggs remain one of the most nerve-wracking. As delicious as they can be, getting them into just the right shape can be a herculean task. Here, we discuss the many ways in which eggs can be poached. Follow these methods of how to poach an egg to make your breakfast eggstraordinary.

Classic Poaching

The simplest answer on how to poach an egg is: in a pot of water. We would also say the easiest way to poach an egg is to crack it in simmering water. For this, fill a saucepan with water (about 2-3 inches deep) and bring it to simmer over medium heat. Crack an egg into a small ramekin. Create a gentle whirlpool in the simmering water and slide the egg into the center of the whirlpool. Leave the egg undisturbed for about 3-4 minutes until the white is set and the yolk is runny. Carefully lift the egg out of the water and transfer it to a plate. Serve with salt and pepper to taste.

Muffin Tin Poaching

In this method, how to poach an egg includes using your oven. This method is extremely simple and relatively cleaner compared to the classic one. The only downside is that it doesn’t allow you to achieve that perfect shell shape. Nonetheless, these are extremely tasty. So, if you are someone who prefers taste over presentation, I suggest giving this one a try. Here’s what you have to do.

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease the cups of a muffin tin with butter. Crack an egg into each greased cup. Place the muffin tin in a large baking dish and fill the outer dish with hot water enough to come halfway up the sides of the muffin tin. Bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes. Once the eggs achieve the right consistency remove the tin from the oven. Carefully lift the poached eggs out of the cups. Season with salt and pepper.

Cups Egg Poaching

This is a technique that will help you the most on days when you don’t feel like spending too much time in the kitchen. All you have to do is grease the inside of the cups lightly with butter. Crack an egg into each cup. Bring a pot of water to simmer over medium heat and lower the cups into simmering water. Cover the pot with a lid and leave it to cook for 3-4 minutes. Remove the cups from the pot and transfer the eggs carefully onto your plate.


Microwave Poaching

This is how to poach an egg if you just want to use your microwave. What if in the middle of a workday, you start craving a poached egg? Ten minutes, that’s all this method will take. Take a microwave-safe dish filled with water. Crack the eggs in the dish and cover with a lid or a microwave-safe wrap. Cook on high for about a minute or two. Transfer the eggs to a plate and season with salt and pepper.

Some helpful tips

1. Fresh eggs make the best-poached eggs, Make sure your eggs are not too old.

2. Add a pinch of salt to the water. Make sure you don’t add too much salt because that will increase the density of the water resulting in the eggs splaying all over.

3. Adding two teaspoons of vinegar to the water will also keep the white of the egg intact and make it look pretty. And don’t worry this won’t make the eggs sour or bitter.

4. Using a deep pot will help you achieve the perfect spherical eggs.

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