Julia Child’s Secret to Poaching an Egg

I love poached eggs!  I love the runny yolks.  I love when my bread gets soaked through.  I love everything about poached eggs.  So of course, I had to write about how to poach an egg.  My mom taught me how a long time ago.  It’s an old school method but it works well.  You boil water, add a little vinegar, swirl the water clockwise and crack the egg in the middle.  However, I found a sure proof method from the master of all chefs, Julia Child!  Here’s even an old school youtube video of her doing it.

What you need:

  • Egg
  • Water + Pot
  • Needle to prick the egg
  • Ice bowl
  • Strainer or Slotted spoon
1. Start by boiling water in a pot.
2. Prick the flat end of the egg with a needle.
3. Place the egg with shell in the water for 10 seconds and then remove.  This will help in the coagulation process.
4. Turn the heat down to a simmer.
5. Crack the egg into the water and watch the magic happen.
6. Cook for about 3-4 minutes and scoop out with a strainer or slotted spoon.

7. Place in an iced water bowl to stop the cooking process for 30 seconds or so.
8.  Now place on your bread, salad, pasta, whatever you like and ENJOY!
*Note: No need to stir the water clockwise to create a whirlwind.
Enjoy on:
Cesaer Salad (I learned about this in New Zealand) It’s amazing
Cured Meats
or….Eggs Benedict!

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