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The Perfect Poached Egg

November 28, 2012
My favourite way to have eggs is poached. I love two poached eggs for breakfast and they are usually saved for a weekend treat. I wanted to share my foolproof method of making a perfect poached egg- I can't find a link to where I originally found this but I think it was a Jamie Oliver idea.

I love poached eggs but I could never get on with the usual methods of dropping the egg into simmering water- the egg would end up messy and breaking and it was just a disaster. So without further ado here is the way I do it...


Simply get a mug and tear off a good piece of clingfilm. Cover the mug with the sheet of clingfilm and make a well in the middle.

Drop your egg into the well. Sometimes I will make a larger well and drop two into it to save on the clingfilm but this weekend I just went for the standard one egg.

Then just create a parcel around your egg so it looks like the above (it reminds me of winning a goldfish at a fair!) and twist the clingfilm at the top so it is secure.

Drop your egg into a saucepan of simmering water and leave it for 5 minutes (I find this makes the perfect runny egg). When you take it out just cut off the top part of the clingfilm which will allow you to peel the rest of the clingfilm off- be careful as it can be hot. Also make sure you take off all of the clingfilm as I've been known to leave a bit on- Chris wasn't too pleased!

And that is it! So simple and so delicious!
9 comments on "The Perfect Poached Egg"
  1. I'm trying this! Mine always end up a mess the usual way too, so this method seems so much better. Thanks for posting it :) x

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    1. No worries! Hope the eggs turn out well! Xx

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  2. I need to try this! I love poached eggs too and have always used the method where you just drop the egg in to the water but like you, it breaks up and looks a little ill by the time it has cooked haha!

    Frances xx

    http://francescassandra.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I could never ever get that method right! This one is so much more reliable! X

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  3. You have quite literally just changed my life. So much love for you right now!! xo

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    1. Haha this may be my favourite comment ever! X

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  4. Thanks for this idea! I actually tried this out this morning but the eggs wrapped inside the plastic film kept floating on the surface of the simmering water, how do you get the plastic and egg parcels to sink under the water? or are they meant to float on top? Thanks!

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  5. Amazing! tried it for brunch today!

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  6. This is like the awesomest cooking advice, ever! I have never been able to make it with the sirling water in a pot method, this is such a guaranteed method!

    Merry Christmas :) x

    Marina

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Thank you for the comment! x