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What does it mean to poach an egg?

Updated on August 2, 2011

What you'll need

  • an egg
  • a bowl
  • a medium or large skillet
  • water
  • salt
  • a slotted spoon
  • a paper towel
  • a spatula

Poach an egg in a few easy steps

Put a medium or large skillet on the stove. Add a couple inches of water to the skillet. Also add a pinch of salt. Bring that water to a boil. Gently crack your egg into a small bowl. You don't want the yolk to break, so be careful. Turn down the heat on your boiling water so that it's almost right at the boiling point. Take the egg and slowly let it slide into the water on the skillet. Once again i remind you that we don't want that egg yolk to break, so do this nice and slowly.

If you like your eggs a little on the runny side, leave it on the skillet for 2 minutes. If you like a really firm yolk keep it on there for about 4 minutes. If you're somewhere in between -- well, you get the picture.

Use the slotted spoon to scoop out the egg. Put it on a paper towel and also pat down the top of the egg with the paper towel (very gently) to get rid of the excess water. Use a spatula to lift the poached egg off the paper towel and on to your plate/toast/whatever you're eating it with.

What's a poached egg good for?

Poached eggs are used in a many recipes, including eggs benedict and eggs florentine. I've included some videos to help you with those particular breakfast delights.

Eggs Benedict

Eggs Florentine


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