Eggs 101

Learn the basics of eight easy ways to cook eggs

By Jane RodmellJane Rodmell

Eggs are an easy and versatile food that can be served at any meal. There are hundreds of ways to cook eggs—we’ve picked out the basics that everyone should know.

A good general rule, with only a few exceptions, is to cook eggs over medium-low heat, and do not overcook.

 

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Poached eggs

Photo by Annie Mole

Poaching pros start with room temperature eggs (warmed in hot, not boiling, water for about 2-3 minutes)—I don’t bother if I’m pressed for time. In a small frying pan, bring 2-3" (5-7.5 cm) water to just above the simmering point. Break an egg into a small cup or ramekin. With a spoon, swirl the hot water in a circle, slip the egg gently into the centre, and cook for 3-4 minutes, until yolk and white are opaque. Remove with a slotted spoon and set on a kitchen towel to absorb excess water. Use a larger pan if you want to poach more than one egg at a time.


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