Foolproof Poached Eggs
I realised as I was writing that title that this is a pretty big shout but it’s impossible to exaggerate how much this method has revolutionised my breakfast abilities! Previously poached eggs were a traumatic experience that I avoided at all costs. Every time I attempted them I ended up with horrible bits of egg white floating everywhere and the yolk either hard boiled to the point of rubber, or it just gave up and completely disappeared.
In a moment of desperation, I started Googling ways to cook poached eggs that did not involve swirling water around in a pan or myths about white vinegar solving all your poached egg problems (it does not). I came across this cling film method from Jamie Oliver (link here) and the rest, as they say, was history.
Jamie uses a lot of other ingredients – herbs and salmon mainly – to make his but I’ve simplified it to produce normal poached eggs. So far so good!
What you will need:
- Chilli flakes (optional if you like spice)
- Oil of some sort
- Cut off a large square of cling film, place over your mug and push the centre down into the mug
- Pour a few drops of oil onto the cling film and gently oil the inside. Add salt and pepper, and chilli flakes if using and spread around
- Crack your egg into the mug, onto the cling film. Fold up the corners and twist tightly just above the egg, tie in a knot (if you’re struggling use a hair bobble or elastic band to tie together)
- At this point it should resemble the below:
- Bring a pan of water to the boil, turn down to a simmer and add your eggs
- Cook for 4-5 mins until the white has fully set and has the consistency of mozzarella/burrata. NOTE – if during cooking you can see the yolk and the white is setting beneath, get a fork or utensil and gently tip them over so the white surrounds the yolk
- Remove from the water, place on a flat surface and get your scissors ready. Gently snip away at the knot and peel away the cling film
- Turn out onto your place and voila – a perfectly round poached egg!
Serve on toast with avocado, make Eggs Royale (below) or go the full hog like me (above) and add my homemade baked beans, sausages and sourdough toast. YUM.