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Poached eggs

Poached eggs

Poached eggs are cooked, without the shell, in barely simmering (nearly boiling) water. White should be firm and yolk soft, that's the difficulty. This recipe teaches you how to succeed with three important points.

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Last modified on: January 8th 2013

For 4 Poacheds eggs, you will need:

How long does it take?

PreparationRestingCookingStart to finish
37 min.2 hours3 min.2 hours 40 min.
Preservation: Several days in the fridge, in a closed jar.
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Step by step recipe

1 Poached eggs : Photo of step #11st important point: Remove 4 eggs from the fridge at least 2 hours in advance, you should use eggs at room temperature for the cooking time indicated below to work. 2 hours
2 Poached eggs : Photo of step #2Bring a pan of unsalted water to boil. When boiling, pour in 2 tablespoons white (spirit) vinegar, and reduce heat to a simmering water.

That is the 2nd important point: your water should not be salted (salt disturbs the cooking of egg white), and simmering, not boiling, because big bubbles boiling produce irregular and ugly poached eggs.

Prepare a bowl of cold water.
10 min.
3 Poached eggs : Photo of step #3Break the first egg into a cup. 1 min.
4 Poached eggs : Photo of step #4Slip egg smartly into simmering water... 1 min.
5 Poached eggs : Photo of step #5...and immediately gather the white around egg yolk to prevent egg spreading out too much.

If you have difficulty doing that, try this tip: with a tablespoon give one or two turn to the pan to make a small vortex in the water, then add egg and the vortex will do the gathering job for you.
1 min.
6 Poached eggs : Photo of step #6Leave cook for 2 minutes and 30 seconds (3 minutes maximum). This cooking time is the 3rd important point for a perfect result. 3 min.
7 Poached eggs : Photo of step #7After this time, remove egg from hot water and put it immediately into the bowl of cold water to stop the cooking.

Leave it in, and continue with all eggs.
1 min.
8 Poached eggs : Photo of step #8With scissors, trim off any irregular lumps and trails of egg white to get as round and even an egg as possible. 2 min.
9 Poached eggs : Photo of step #9Then put on a cloth to dry. 1 min.
10 Poached eggs : Photo of step #10Do this with all eggs, your soft-boiled eggs are ready. 20 min.

Remarks

Poached eggs are use in many recipes, cold or hot, but are always delicious.

If you want to reheat them, put in the microwave for 15 seconds, or leave 3 minutes in a bowl of hot tap water (not boiling).

If you make poached eggs in advance, the day before for example, leave to stand in a bowl of salted cold water in the fridge.

White vinegar is used because wine vinegar would stain the egg red.

Nutritional information

Whole recipe
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
38531 gr0 gr29 gr
19 %12 %<1 %4 %
Per 100 g
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
14312 gr0 gr11 gr
7 %4 %<1 %2 %
Per piece
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
967 gr0 gr7 gr
5 %3 %<1 %1 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories by day for a woman (change to a man).

How much will it cost?

For 4 Poacheds eggs : 0.71 €
Per Poached eggs : 0.18 €

Note : These prices are only approximate.

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