Poached eggs are one of those items we often see on menus and appreciate when eating out, yet wouldn’t attempt at home because we think they are too challenging to make with the humble tools found in our own kitchens.
Truth is, making poached eggs yourself is totally easy and involves only a single pot and a slotted spoon when it comes to the required hardware. As for skills, well if you can boil water, you can make poached eggs.
Poaching is a process in which foods are gently cooked in a liquid solution that is simmering, which means it’s just under a boil. You know you’ve reached a simmer when small bubbles are just coming up to the surface of the liquid.
While water is the obvious choice as a poaching liquid, wine, broth and even heavy cream can work, too.
Poaching is one of my favorite ways to cook because it’s nearly fool-proof and can be incorporated into many recipes. It’s a great way to keep fish tender and does wonders with chicken. When using the application for eggs, it yields soft clouds of white and a yolk that is still gooey and delicious in the middle.