Poached eggs may have a reputation for being finicky, but the truth is they are really easy to cook, and are really healthy too because they don’t require any oil or butter in their preparation. Perfect for breakfast or as part of a main meal, you can use them in many ways to enhance dishes and make them extra special.
Knowing how to poach an egg is easy to master, and there are many different methods to try. One thing to remember is that the fresher an egg is, the easier it is to poach – so choose eggs with the latest best-before date on for poaching. This is because egg whites become more fluid the older they are which means they are more likely to disperse in the water once submerged. A spoonful of vinegar in the water can help with this, and will not change the flavour of your egg.
Learn how to poach an egg following our easy steps. For more tips on poaching, watch our how-to video featuring top chef Paul Merrett.