How to Cook a Perfect Poached Egg Using an Egg Poacher

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Try a poached egg on top of a salad for a healthy meal.
Try a poached egg on top of a salad for a healthy meal. (Image: Eising/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Poached eggs can be a healthier alternative to fried or scrambled eggs because there's no added calories or fat. They also serve as a blank canvas for whatever spices or sauces you may want to add. While you don't need an egg poacher to get the job done, having one with removable cups can make the job easier. So get those eggs cracking, find yourself an egg poacher and try your hand at this egg-cooking method.

Things You'll Need

  • Egg poacher with removable cups
  • Small bowl
  • Nonstick cooking spray

Let the egg sit out on the counter until it is at room temperature.

Crack the egg into a small bowl. This way, bad eggs don't end up in the poacher. Also, if accidentally you break the yolk in the bowl rather than the poacher, it's easier to clean up and start over.

Remove one cup from the poacher.

Fill the bottom of the poacher with about a half inch of water and bring it to a boil.

Spray the poacher cup with a nonstick cooking spray.

Put the egg into the poacher cup that you have removed. Replace this cup back into the pan.

Cover the pan and and wait three to four minutes.

Slide the egg out of the cup and serve immediately.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use the freshest eggs possible because the older eggs get, the thinner the whites become.

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