Chef John's Poached Eggs

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Here's a new and improved version of our poached egg method. Nothing too complicated here; we pretty much poach eggs like everybody else, except we've got a little step in the middle that makes it easier if you're doing this for a larger group.

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Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
Servings:
2
Yield:
2 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon champagne vinegar

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 2 eggs, as fresh as possible

Directions

  1. Fill a bowl with ice water.

  2. Fill a saucepan with cold water and place over medium heat; stir in vinegar and salt. Bring to a gentle, slow simmer and reduce heat to low.

  3. Break each egg into a separate small ramekin; place a ramekin close to the surface of the water and gently pour egg into the simmering water. Let egg white set for a minute or two and use a silicone spatula to gently lift egg from the bottom of the pan to prevent sticking. Cook until white is firm and yolk is runny, about 6 minutes.

  4. Lift poached egg from water using a slotted spoon and transfer gently to bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process. Reheat eggs for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes in very gently simmering water and remove with a slotted spoon. Tap bottom of slotted spoon containing egg on a dry paper towel to remove any excess water before serving.

Cook's Notes:

Poached eggs in ice water can be refrigerated overnight if desired; just reheat before serving.

To reheat poached eggs, bring a pan of water to a bare simmer and slide eggs into simmering water until warmed through, 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon; tap bottom of spoon on a dry towel before serving.

Try these with the Smoked Salmon Dill Eggs Benedict recipe.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

72 Calories
5g Fat
1g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Calories 72
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 2g 8%
Cholesterol 186mg 62%
Sodium 652mg 28%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 0%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 6g
Calcium 27mg 2%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 69mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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