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Poached eggs are normally cooked directly in simmering water, but that can be tricky and lead to rubbery, messy eggs. I have tried different variations of times and temps, and this is the method I find produces a perfectly set white with a runny yolk. Use a kitchen timer for precise results, not the timer on your immersion cooker. Fresh eggs have tighter whites and produce the best results.

Recipe Summary

13 mins
3 mins
21 mins
5 mins
4 "poached" eggs


Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Fill a large pot with water and place a sous vide immersion cooker into the water. Set temperature to 167 degrees F (75 degrees C) according to manufacturer's instructions.

  • Gently lower eggs into the water using a slotted spoon. Immediately set a kitchen timer for 13 minutes.

  • Remove eggs from water once timer is up and let cool for 3 minutes. Gently crack egg around the middle and peel top half of shell. Slide egg out into a small bowl or over toast. Season with salt and pepper.

Cook's Notes:

Use a kitchen timer. Do not use the timer on your immersion cooker since once you put the cold eggs in the water, the water temperature will drop and the immersion cooker timer will not start counting down until the water temperature is back up to temp again. This can lead to overcooking.

Because immersion cookers can vary by a degree or two, you may need to play around with the time by adding or subtracting a minute. For more than 4 eggs, you may need to add 30 to 60 seconds.

Sous vide "poached" eggs can be made up to 5 days ahead of time for busy weekday mornings. When done poaching, immediately plunge into an ice bath, cool, then refrigerate in a sealed container. To reheat, fill a coffee mug 3/4 full with water and microwave for 1 minute. Place egg inside and let sit for 12 to 15 minutes while you get ready!

Nutrition Facts

72 calories; protein 6.3g; carbohydrates 0.4g; fat 5g; cholesterol 186mg; sodium 108.8mg. Full Nutrition