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5 Ways to Poach Eggs

Updated on September 8, 2011

One of the healthiest ways to prepare eggs is to poach them. Eggs are a very good source of protein and Selenium, and a good source of riboflavin, vitamin B12 and phosphorus. There are several methods for poaching eggs.

Poached Eggs are Great for Breakfast

Traditional Method

Pour water in a heavy pan until the depth reaches 1 inch, add a tablespoon of vinegar and bring the mixture to a boil. The acidity helps the egg whites cook faster, keeping the egg white from spreading from the yolk. Reduce the heat to medium. The water should be bubbling slightly. Crack an egg into a shallow saucer. Stir the water until you have a vortex in the center. Gently slide the egg from the saucer to the vortex. Cook for 3 minutes and then promptly remove the egg with a slotted spoon.

Cling Wrap Method

You can use this method to save dishes. Simmer water in a pot. Loosely cover a cup with a piece of microwaveable cling wrap. Create a dip in the center and crack an egg into it. Tie the cling wrap in a knot and place it in the simmering water for 3 minutes. Cut open the cling wrap and slide the poached egg onto the plate.

Stove-Top Egg Poacher

Stove-top egg poachers are pans with removable cups for the eggs. The inserts are normally made of non-stick material. Typical stove-top egg poachers make it easy for you to poach several eggs at once. Place a ½ inch of water in the pan, bring it to a gentle boil. Crack the eggs and place them in their individual cups. Cover and cook for 3 minutes. The eggs should slide out.

Electric Egg Poachers

If you need to keep your stove free you can use an electric egg poacher. The appliance takes care of the timing for you.

Microwave Method

With a microwave you can warm the water and poach an egg in one minute. Pour water into a microwaveable bowl until it is almost half-full, add a tablespoon of vinegar and crack an egg into the mixture. Cover the bowl with a piece of cling wrap. Cook for one minute under medium heat --- the time and intensity will vary on the microwave model. The egg will be ready when you hear a popping sound. The egg will continue poaching until it is removed from the water.


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      5 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      Very useful!

      I am adding this to my Recipe Index for HubPages.

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      6 years ago from Australia

      Thanks for the tips


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