How to Poach the Perfect Egg

The Perfect Poached Egg!

How do you like your eggs? One of my favorite ways to eat them is poached. Growing up my grandma would always make these with the Irish breakfast we ate on sunday’s when we visited my grandparents. Now the breakfast was quite the spread potato bread, blood sausage, bacon, stewed tomatoes and poached eggs. Oddly enough the eggs were my favorite part, I loved how the yolk would drip all over the plate and create a sauce to soap up all the delicious goodness.

Every time my grandma made the eggs I would bring a chair up to the counter and watch her. She would bring a saucepan of water to a boil then reduce the heat to very low, crack one egg at a time into a coffee cup and then use a spoon to swirl the water in a clockwise direction and once the water was moving she would drop one egg at a time in the center. I would ask her how long to cook them she would say when they are ready! After a while I started watching the clock and about three minutes she would remove the eggs and place them on a plate and season with salt. That was it the eggs were ready!

Key steps –

  1. Make sure water is boiling before the eggs are dropped into the pot, then reduce heat to a low simmer
  2. Crack one egg at a time and place them into a coffee cup
  3. Use a spoon to swirl the water and then drop in one egg at a time
  4. For a runny egg yolk cook for 2-3 minutes
  5. use a fine mesh sieve to remove the eggs from the pot
  6. once you remove from the water don’t forget to season with salt

These are the steps I used and learned from my grandma! I hope you and them helpful and have fun making delicious poached eggs!! One last thing make sure you get the freshest eggs possible they come out amazing!