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What Is the Easiest Way To Make Poached Eggs or Even Soft Boiled Eggs?

Updated on July 30, 2014
Best  Way To Poach An Egg
Best Way To Poach An Egg

Poached Egg Recipe

5 stars from 2 ratings of Poached Eggs - anyway you like it

Cook Time

  • Prep time: 1 min
  • Cook time: 3 min
  • Ready in: 4 min
  • Yields: Serves 1 person per 1-2 eggs cooked

Easy and Quick Poached Eggs

For such a simple dish - if you can even classify it as that - there are so many ways to poach an egg.

Some make a whirlpool, some use vinegar, some use cling film or plastic wrap and others prefer the ever-so-reliable poaching gadgets on the market that can turn your egg into a square or even a love heart.

The only thing that is consistent in the equation is the use of water and the humble egg. The fresher the better. Then again one's choice of free range, farm laid or other is another point for discussion all together.

As long as your egg is fresh and you are up for a simple challenge, you will have a poached egg on your plate in almost no time at all. Serve with a sprinkle of sea salt and some cracked pepper and you will be licking your lips for more.

Ingredients & Utensils

  • 1 or 2 Eggs
  • Water
  • Saucepan
  • Spoon

Whirlpool Poached Egg

  1. Place a pot or saucepan onto a stove and with at least a couple of inches of water in it.
  2. Turn flame onto simmer.
  3. Crack an egg into a clean dry bowl or glass. Set aside.
  4. With a spoon, stir the slowly simmering water in a circular motion. It does not matter if you stir clockwise or anticlockwise. Continue to stir briskly until you notice a little well starting to appear in the centre.
  5. Pour the cracked egg into the middle of that well in the water. The aim is for the motion of the spinning water to swirl the egg white around the yolk so it sets and cooks in a circular form.
  6. Let the egg gently simmer for 2-3 minutes and the result will be a lovely soft runny yolk egg with a firm white surround.

To add vinegar or not?

Opinions differ on whether or not to add vinegar, a white vinegar, to the simmering water before dropping the egg in.

Those who prefer to add a teaspoon claim that it helps the egg white form better.

Personally I am not keen on the flavour that it adds to the poached egg so I leave it out. It has not impacted the result at all from what I can see.

Top Tips

  • Fresh eggs. An essential requirement.
  • Crack your egg into a glass or ramekin before putting it in the water.
  • Ensure the egg yolk is not broken before putting it into the water.
  • Gently drop the egg into the swirling simmering water.

Best Way To Poach An Egg
Best Way To Poach An Egg

Egg in Plastic - The Cling Film Poached Egg

If all that swirling, mixing and vinegar just sounds too hard, why not give this method a try.

Cut yourself a piece of cling film, or plastic wrap, approximately 30cm long. Lightly grease it with some oil spray or a few drops of oil and make sure it is all covered. Take the plastic and line a small ramekin with it, as if you were lining pastry into a baking dish. Crack your egg into the ramekin, gather up the sides of the plastic and twist it like a bon-bon so that the egg is secure and wrapped completely.

All you need to do then is drop this parcel gently into simmering water for a few minutes (depending how soft or firm you want it).

Once it is ready, remove the plastic from the water, cut the plastic open and let the cooked, formed egg slide out.

I have tried this and whilst it does work, I find it a little odd cooking my egg in plastic. However if this is your method and it works for you then by all means continue.

Is This The Perfect Soft Boiled Egg

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Poached, Fried, Sunny Side Up, Easy Over, Omelette or matter how you like your eggs there is no denying that they are a lovely accompaniment to a meal, no matter what time of the day it is.

Using fresh eggs and a method of your choice, enjoy an egg today.

What is your best way to poach an egg?

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    • Simone Smith profile image

      Simone Haruko Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

      When I first heard of the whirlpool method, I was really impressed! It's super nifty. Thanks for the helpful tips!

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      WorkAtHomeMums 5 years ago from Australia

      And with no added fat that's an added bonus!

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      Denise Mai 5 years ago from Idaho

      Very helpful. I usually make omelettes for the kids but tomorrow I'll try the whirlpool poaching method!