how to poach an egg

It doesn’t take much to make me happy at the moment.

Sunlight falling through the French doors into a room that is mostly unpacked. The sight of the plum tree in bloom off our front porch. The moments of bright light that appear from behind the clouds just as I hear the snuffle of the horse in the field across the street.

And the fact that we’ve at least unpacked the kitchen enough to do a video this week.

It’s pretty simple. It’s how to poach an egg.

When I first went gluten-free, I had no idea how to poach an egg. I thought it was the special talent of chefs.

Turns out all you need is boiling water, some salt, a good egg, and three minutes.

Untitled from Daniel Ahern on Vimeo.

We hope you poach an egg today.

p.s. I shot this on my iPhone, which is pretty cool. But the sound of Danny’s voice is even quieter than with the dinky little camera we had. Anyone have luck putting a mic on an iPhone? If not, you might need to read lips here.

51 comments on “how to poach an egg

  1. Amy

    I looooooooooove poached eggs– eggs Benedict is my favorite breakfast on planet earth! BTW, did you ever share the back story on why/how/whattheheck you learned about your body so you know you aren’t allergic to eggs?

  2. Sandi

    Well, now I’m wondering if it’s too late to go poach an egg. Poached eggs and soft boiled eggs are my favourite! Oozy yolks are the best!

  3. Franchesca Havas

    I love poached eggs! I have to say though that my first one made was via that little microwave dish that hangs on the end cap in the grocer. I amazed my friends that I could make it work when they could not. “Read the instructions” I told them. You have to spray it with oil, add drops of water, add your egg, poke your egg so that you disrupt the membrain then nuke it for a minute. Poached Egg! ๐Ÿ™‚
    I cheat, I know, but I burn water still on the stove.
    You are a Goddess!!!

  4. AmandaonMaui

    Also, I must say that this is brilliant for doing them at home, or perhaps even in a restaurant setting. Even after trying at culinary school I just couldn’t do it right. They always shred completely. I’ll give this a shot soon!

  5. Marusya

    I noticed you have a glass-topped stove. I just moved and have one in my new house. I kind of hate it – very hard to regulate temperatures. I wonder how you are making it work for you – or do you have plans to replace it with gas as soon as you can swing it?

  6. Stephanie

    You guys make poaching eggs look like so much fun! ๐Ÿ™‚ Love these friendly videos — and love this ridiculously easy way to poach an egg.

  7. Pat Machin

    Just a techie comment. The sound was fine in England!

    As a great believer in cooking eggs in residual heat, I liked the result. I also like the way your videos look ‘real’, not staged.

    PS : as someone who has successfully avoided the iPhone, I think I should reconsider!

  8. Sini

    Poached eggs rule! Made my first ones last Saturday using the same swirling technique you showed in the video.

  9. marty

    GREAT idea! I can’t wait to try this. And by the way, you have the BEST laugh. Have a great day!

    1. Teri C

      i agree with Jet. It made the video to hear the great vibe between you two! The laughs were wonderful and the spirits light! Refreshing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Now…how do you make two at once using the same pan?!

  10. Tamara

    I just made two eggs for lunch and they turned out better than any other attempt I’ve ever made. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  11. Nancy

    This was great – thanks you two ๐Ÿ™‚ I was wondering about the technique to make more one at a time – if you’re feeding a group of people?

    1. shauna

      I put 2 eggs in there with no problem. I’ve done four in a really large cast-iron skillet we have. More than that, I’d use a few pans on the stove!

      1. Tori

        You can poach eggs and hold them in an ice bath until your ready to serve and then just reheat with a quick dip back in the poaching pot.

        1. Francoise

          Great tips – I’m ready to feed a crowd – brunch will never be the same – thanks! x

  12. Caz

    Thanks so much for this Shauna and Danny! I have been terrified of poaching eggs for so long. I always whimp out and make fried instead. Seeing it done has convinced me I can give it a go.

  13. Pat

    Gonna try that for sure. We love poached eggs in our house. BTW, sound was fine in Alaska as well, just had to turn up the speaker a notch. Loved hearing your voices, and the casual quality of the whole video. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. shauna

      You know, we’ve used vinegar for years. But with this, you really don’t need it. In fact, the white coagulate better here without vinegar than they do with vinegar. But as Danny said, there’s no one right way. As long as you make a poached egg you like, you’re golden.

  14. Alyssa

    Great video! I think tomorrow’s dinner will be spinach salad with a poached egg.

    And I second the previous commenters who said they love the camaraderie in the videos. It’s fantastic. (Oh, and the sound was good for me too.)

  15. maryfe

    I made poached eggs for snack last night after reading your post and again this morning. I love poached eggs but the ones ive tried is too much of a hassle, like bring it to room temperature, using a ladle to hold the eggs while it cooks, using vinegar, etc. Using vinegar seems to work well for me too and I like the vinegary taste, but this technique you have…. hands down! So easy and it gave me THE BEST looking poached eggs! I think the whirlpool action in the middle keeps the whites intact. It is perfect for poaching one egg, as far as I know. I have yet to try it cooking multiple eggs at a time.
    Thanks for sharing Shauna & Danny. Love the videos!

  16. Mikaela Cowles

    There are so many of us out there scared to poach eggs. I definitely was in this camp and it took several “interesting” adventures before I conquered my fear. If only I’d seen this video first! Because, poached eggs might be the best invention since, well, I don’t know. But, they are one of my favorite, least expensive ways to take a mundane dish so velvety and rich you think it’s expensive.

  17. Sarah Jane

    I was TERRIFIED of poaching ggs before I saw your video. Terified! Now I am at ease with the process, in line with the whole proceduure. I’m gonna try it before setting out tomorrow. See you soon!

  18. LaurieY

    I love poached eggs for breakfast.

    Because of you guys, I scoop my 3-minute eggs onto a bed of (last night’s) reheated quinoa cooked in chicken broth with carmelized onions and bits of steamed kale. A little nitrate free bacon crumbled on top.) Lord, that breakfast is good.

    Oh, and I adore Tamar Adler’s An Everlasting Meal Thanks for that. And because of Tamar, I read MFK Fisher’s How To Cook A Wolf . . where Mary says: “Probably the wisest way to treat an egg is not to cook it at all. An accomplished barfly will prove to you that a Prairie Oyster is one of the quickest pickups known to man, and whether you are hung over or merely tired, a raw egg beaten with a little milk or sherry can make you feel much more able to cope with yourself, and shortly too.”

    Such a terrific book. (Written in 1942)

  19. Lynn

    OMG, when Danny cut that egg, I went WHOOA, so now I’m on my way to the store for some Canadian bacon and English muffins. Thanks, you guys, wonderful. Can’t wait for dinner tonight. Poached egg over spinach with bacon pieces. Yummo!!!

  20. Jen

    I had never poached an egg until yesterday! I found the confidence after watching your video.. dinner tonight was beans, rice and kale topped with poached eggs! YUM!

  21. Catherine

    I poach eggs until they are well done to make egg salad. Sooooo easy. I put them in a bowl then chop them up with a pastry cutter ( the kind with the sharp edges).

  22. sarah@mysleepykitchen

    My grandma always made me “poached eggs and dippers” for breakfast when I visited her house – we used the “dippers” (ie toast cut into strips) to scoop up bits of egg. Your post reminded me of these – now I need to find some GF bread so I can make some comfort food for breakfast tomorrow!

  23. natalie

    poached eggs are the best! i started making them when i found out i was gluten intolerant too, and now i have them a few times a week!

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