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How to Poach Eggs

Created January 10, 2017
Looking for a delectable alternative to scrambled or over-easy eggs? Betty can help you learn how to poach eggs in just 15 minutes.

Never poached eggs before? No sweat! It may seem like a difficult feat, but it only takes a few simple steps to make this light and fluffy style of egg that sits pretty atop our Waffles Benedict or Benedict Crab Cakes.
What you’ll need: 

  • As many eggs as you’d like poached or called for in recipe.
  • 8-inch skillet or 2-quart sauce-pan
  • Slotted spoon
  • Small custard cup or glass bowl

How to:

1. In a skillet or saucepan, heat 2 to 3 inches of water to boiling; reduce heat so water is simmering. Break a cold egg into a custard cup or small glass bowl.

2. Holding cup close to water’s surface, carefully pour egg into water. Repeat with another egg. (Be sure you’re using a large enough pan so that eggs don’t touch during cooking.)

poaching an egg

3. Cook uncovered 3 to 5 minutes or until whites and yolks are firm, not runny. Remove eggs with slotted spoon.

poached egg in spoon

Expert tip:

If you’re looking for an even easier way to poach—and keep your eggs in their own personal space—a secret we learned in the Betty Crocker Kitchens is to poach individual eggs in separate custard cups in the simmering water (as opposed to gently pouring an egg directly into the water). Cooking time might be a little longer, but look for the same doneness indicators: whites and yolks should be firm, not runny.

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