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Poached Eggs- Step 1 of Eggs Benedict

4 May 2009

Poached Eggs- Step 1 of Eggs Benedict

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For some time, I’ve been meaning to write a post on Eggs Benedict but I’ve been side tracked by the likes of  Tabbouleh, Pizza Arabia and Heart Beet Ravioli.

Poached egg recipes will vary and some will call for vinegar. This one doesn’t because I find it alters the taste and the texture. Stirring the water before introducing the egg works just the same. It keeps the egg whites together without altering the taste.

Here’s a step by step process:

Poached Eggs- Step 1 of Eggs Benedict

  1. Fill a pot with 2-3 inches of water and place it on a medium flame
  2. Crack an egg into a ramekin. This makes it easier to slide the egg into the water, eliminating eggshells
  3. You want to bring the water to a NEAR-BOILING-POINT. It’s important the water does not boil at all during the process… The water should look like the picture below.
  4. Now, stir the water in a circular motion to create a whirlpool. Watch what happens:
  5. Slide the egg in…
  6. The egg white begins to wrap around the egg yolk…
  7. Now it will cook for 3-4 minutes without spreading…
  8. Remove it with a slotted spoon and let it rest on a paper towel for 30 seconds or so…
  9. Sprinkle with salt & pepper and serve atop some smoked salmon and buttered toast with some hollandaise sauce.


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10 thoughts on “Poached Eggs- Step 1 of Eggs Benedict

  1. This is truly amazing! And to tell you the truth, I have been afraid to make poached eggs and have wanted to for a long time. This is so helpful and really very interesting!

  2. just add vinegar to the water, a good splash – enough to change the colour.
    Wait until the water is boiling.
    add the egg and the white will not spread and your poached eggs will be perfect.

  3. I had been so afraid of poaching eggs, up until Sunday morning. I woke up, told my boyfriend to stay out of the kitchen, and made two perfectly poached eggs in a matter of minutes. Who knew! I did use the vinegar method, so I’ll have to try the swirling water method next time. So delicious!

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