Poaching eggs is one of the easiest, quickest, and lowest calorie ways of preparing eggs, as there is no added fat. Poached eggs make great additions to salads, such as the French salad Lyonnaise, or sandwiches, or just served simply with toast and a little salt and pepper. Here are a few of our methods for how to poach an egg.
Easy Poached Eggs
Cook time: 4 minutes
- Fresh eggs
- 1 to 2 teaspoons vinegar (rice vinegar works well) (optional if you don’t like the taste, omit.)
- Shallow saucepan with cover
- Slotted spoon
1 First bring water in a saucepan to almost boiling. If the water is already boiling, lower the heat until it is no longer boiling. At this point, you can add one or two teaspoons of vinegar to the water, if you want. The vinegar will help the egg whites to congeal more easily. We use seasoned rice vinegar.
2 Working with the eggs one by one, crack an egg into a small cup, then place the cup near the surface of the hot water and gently drop the egg into the water. With a spoon, nudge the eggwhites closer to their yolks. This will help the egg whites hold together.
3 Turn off the heat. Cover. Let sit for 4 minutes, until the egg whites are cooked.
4 Lift eggs out of pan with a slotted spoon
Or alternatively, the truly easiest way to make poached eggs is with an egg poacher