How to Cook Eggs Perfectly, Every Time: Poached, Sunnyside Up, Jammy, and More

When you ask individuals what foods they found out to prepare initially as a kid, frequently they’ll inform you rushed eggs. Despite the fact that a kid can do it, there’s a great deal of variation to your rushed eggs. They can be dry or watery, fluffy or flat. That opts for other egg approaches too – there’s a huge distinction in between an overcooked hard-boiled egg and a completely jammy egg. So, I assemble a tutorial on how to prepare eggs completely, no matter how you like them.

Eggs prepare rapidly and are low-cost, so you can attempt your hand at a cooking approach you’ve never ever done prior to! If you screw up, you’re out a couple of cents and a couple of minutes, and you can attempt once again.

Let’s begin with the most challenging of the cooking approaches: poaching eggs.

How to Make Poached Eggs

For poached eggs, you wish to utilize extremely fresh eggs. A fresh egg will have a firmer, tighter white that will remain together much better when poaching.

Fill a pot with water no higher than 2 inches high, about the height of a teaspoon if you determine it from the suggestion of the bowl to the start of the spoon deal with. Bring the water to simply hardly a simmer and include a pinch of salt. You must have the ability to see some bubbles at the bottom of the pot.

Utilizing a meat thermometer, look for your water to come to around 190 degrees. Then  you’re all set to go.

When you can keep 190 degrees, break an egg into a little ramekin. Utilize a big spoon to swirl the water in the pot to separate any bubbles at the bottom of the pot.

Spin the water carefully with the spoon in a circular movement around the within the pot to develop a little vortex so there’s a still area of the water in the center and the rest of the water is spinning around it.

In this middle area, carefully push the ramekin into the water as you are putting the egg into it. View your fingers – the water will burn! The lip of the ramekin cup must go under the water as you put the egg in. The egg will swirl in the pot and the egg white will begin to strengthen. If the white part is loose and begins to circumnavigate the pot, carefully spin the water around the within edge of the pot once again with a spoon to motivate the egg white to remain together.

Set your timer for around 4 minutes. At the four-minute mark, utilize a slotted spoon to carefully pull the poached egg out of the water. The egg is done when the yolk has a good spring to it and still feels soft and liquidy in the middle, however the white is quite firm.

Poached eggs are tasty on a lot of things. We served ours on toasted sweet potato pieces, arugula, and topped them with a pinch of salt and pepper. Carefully cut the poached egg open while it is still warm so the warm yolk can run over the sweet potato toast.

Boiled Eggs

When boiling eggs to make hardboiled eggs, soft-boiled eggs, or jammy eggs, it’s finest to utilize eggs that have actually remained in the fridge for a minimum of 2-4 weeks, as they will be simpler to peel. (If you purchased them at the supermarket, there’s a great chance they’re that old by the time they get to you.) Utilize the float test listed below to make certain your eggs are still excellent!

Fill a pot of water about half complete with water and a pinch of salt and bring it to a boil on your stovetop.

Once the water is boiling, include your eggs and set your timer.

  • For jammy or soft-boiled eggs, set your timer for 6.5-7 minutes.
  • For hardboiled eggs, set your timer for 10-11 minutes.

Establish a bowl filled with ice and water. When the timer goes off for your soft or hard-boiled eggs, utilize a slotted spoon to take the egg out of the pot and plunge them into the cold water. This will assist the egg yolk stop cooking. Permit them too cool in the water for around 10 minutes.

Once the eggs have actually cooled, carefully put the egg on a difficult surface area (we utilized a cutting board) and roll it backward and forward to assist the shell fracture in a lot of various locations. Thoroughly peel the broken shell away. In some cases running the egg under lukewarm water when peeling assists.

For jammy eggs, slice the egg in half lengthwise. Take pleasure in as is, spray a little salt and pepper on top, or spoon out the smooth yolk onto a piece of bacon or sweet potato toast.

For hardboiled eggs, pack for breakfast or treats, or piece in half and serve together with sliced avocado or crispy bacon.

How to Make Fluffy Rushed Eggs

In a little bowl, blend together 2-5 eggs and a pinch of salt and pepper if you’d like.

Heat a well-seasoned cast iron frying pan over medium-low heat. When hot, include 1 tablespoon of avocado oil or butter to the pan and swirl it around. After including the oil or right as the butter is simply melted, put the eggs into the pan so they fill the whole size of the pan.

Simply as you see the edges begin to set versus the side of the pan, utilize a silicone spatula to move the soft egg from the edges to the center of the pan. As you drag the egg from the edges to the center, some prepared egg will be pressed to the center, while the raw egg will be displaced to the edges, preparing the egg gradually.

Continue dragging the edges of the egg towards the center of the pan and include about another ½ tablespoon of butter cut into little pieces to the pan. This part is optional, however it assists make the eggs additional velvety.

When the egg mix is still a bit runny however starting to tighten somewhat, start folding the egg with a silicone spatula by folding the edges of the egg towards the middle of the pan. This will motivate the egg to prepare carefully without breaking up the egg into a lot of small pieces. After doing this a couple of times, switch off the heat and continue folding the egg to the center of the pan to motivate light cooking. The eggs are ended up when they are soft and smooth. They must have a little gloss to them and be velvety, however still mainly prepared.

Get rid of the egg from the pan to stop it from cooking and location it on your plate. Leading them with a pinch of salt and pepper and serve together with your preferred breakfast foods. We served ours with an arugula salad and a couple of pieces of crispy bacon.

How to Make a Perfect Omelet

In a little bowl, blend together 3-4 eggs and a pinch of salt and pepper. Set up any fillings you wish to utilize in the omelet (we utilized sliced up roasted broccoli and shredded cheddar cheese).

Heat a well-seasoned cast iron pan over medium heat. When hot, include a tablespoon of avocado oil or butter to the pan and swirl it around. Right after including the oil, or after the butter is simply melted, put the eggs into the pan so they fill the whole size of the pan.

As the egg cooks, you will see the edges of the omelet turn from translucent to opaque. Lower the heat slightly and watch the egg continue to cook. Once the egg begins to bubble and parts of it begin to firm up slightly, add your toppings to one half of the omelet.

Carefully flip the half of the omelet without toppings directly on top of the half with the fillings. Allow the egg to cook for an additional 45 seconds to 1 minute.

Use a spatula to carefully flip over the omelet and allow it to cook for an additional minute or so, or until the egg is fully cooked and the cheese filling inside is melted.

Place on to a plate and cut in half, if you’d like.

How to Cook Sunnyside Up Eggs Evenly

Tip: Sunnyside eggs are a little finicky and the time to prepare one to another may vary based on the temperature of the pan, size of the egg, freshness of the egg, etc., so feel free to adjust the time it takes for the white to set.

Heat a well-seasoned cast iron skillet over medium-low heat. Once hot, add 1/2 tablespoon of avocado oil and swirl it around. After swirling the oil around in the pan, gently crack an egg into the center of the pan.

Allow the edges of the egg white to set and turn from clear to white, but the egg whites around the yolk should still be very runny. When you see this, drizzle a tablespoon or two of water to the pan around the edges of the egg white.

Quickly cover the pan with a lid. Once you hear the water you added sizzle aggressively, turn off the heat. Keep the lid on the pan for 45 seconds to a minute or so, then take a peek at the egg. When the egg is finished, the egg white should be fully set but the yolk still liquidy. If the white around the yolk is not yet set, cover the pan again. If the yolk starts to film over with white, you’ve cooked the egg a little too long.

Serve your egg as is, or dip a piece of bacon or sweet potato fry into the yolk.

How to Make Over-hard Eggs (And Flip Them Without Breaking the Yolk)

Heat a well-seasoned cast iron skillet over medium-low heat. Once hot, add 1/2 tablespoon of avocado oil and swirl it around. After swirling the oil around in the pan, gently crack an egg into the pan. If you are making multiple eggs at a time, use 1 tablespoon of avocado oil and crack a few eggs into the pan at a time, trying to confine them to different areas in the pan.

Allow the whites of the eggs to mostly set. You’ll see the whites begin to bubble as they firm up. Once the white is fairly set, carefully flip the egg over with a spatula. The whites near the yolk may still be shiny and not set yet, but as long as the edges are set and the whites are bubbling, you should be able to flip the egg over without an issue.

Allow the egg to cook on the other side. Use a finger to feel the yolk in the center of the egg. When it feels firm and no longer springy, the yolk is firm and fully cooked.

Repeat with more eggs, if desired. Serve with your favorite sides.

Tip: For an over easy or over medium egg, simply cook the egg for less time before removing it from the heat. For an over easy egg, the yolk should feel liquidy when touched. For an over medium egg, the yolk should feel springy like a ball of fresh mozzarella.

Egg FAQs

What’s the Best Kind of Cookware to Cook Eggs?

While there are some less toxic non-stick cookware out there compared to the past, we think a well-seasoned cast iron skillet is a great primal option. It is durable, heats evenly, and cooks eggs quickly. For boiling and poaching, a stainless steel saucepan works best.

There are a lot of tutorials out there on how to make eggs in different ways, but I find that at least for methods like scrambling and frying eggs, you see mostly non-stick pans are used in tutorials and videos. Don’t shy away from cast iron! It’s intimidating, but once you get the hang of it, it will become your new favorite.

How Do I Choose the Best Quality Eggs?

Whenever possible, opt for pastured eggs. Chickens that are pastured have the best chance to eat not simply packaged chicken feed, but also bugs, roots, and other scraps that make their yolks rich and nutritious. Here’s an article with details on how to choose the best eggs for your family.

Where to Find Pastured Eggs?

Local farmers and farmers’ markets are a great place to find quality eggs. You can also talk to them about how they raise their chickens, what they feed them, and maybe buy some other proteins or veggies from them.

How to Tell the Difference Between a Store-bought Egg and a Farm-fresh Egg

You can often tell the difference between a store-bought and farm fresh egg by looking at the yolks side by side. A fresh egg yolk will have a rich, deep yellow to orange color, while mass-produced eggs are a much paler yellow. ,

Keep in mind that farmers can add items like marigolds to chicken feed, which artificially turn their yolks more golden or orange.

Do You Have to Refrigerate Eggs?

Eggs in the United States are refrigerated because their protective shell layers are washed off in preparation to be sold. If you get eggs from a farmer or your neighbor, ask if they’ve been washed.

How Long Do Eggs Stay Fresh?

Unwashed eggs are shelf-stable for about two weeks, and they keep for up to three months in the refrigerator.

How Do You Know Whether an Egg Has Gone Bad? The Float Test for Egg Freshness

Eggs have a decent shelf life in the fridge, but how do you know if an egg is still good to use? Oftentimes, eggs can be used beyond their sell by date, but to be sure, I use the float test.

Fill a large jar with water and carefully place the egg into the water.

  • If the egg sinks to the bottom and rests on its side horizontally, the egg is fresh.
  • If the tip of the egg points directly downward so the egg is vertical in the water, the egg is older and should be used up right away (these are great options for boiling).
  • If the egg floats in the water, it’s spoiled and should be tossed.

If an egg has spoiled, you’ll know the second you crack it. The rotten egg smell is so strong that there’s a good chance you’ll have to open your windows and leave your house until it clears. When in doubt, use the float method. It’s not something you want to experience.

Egg Freshness and Cooking Methods

The freshest eggs aren’t always the best option for every egg preparation.

  • For soft or hard-boiling eggs, opt for somewhat older eggs. These will peel more easily.
  • For poached or sunnyside up eggs, opt for more fresh eggs. This will keep the white tight.
  • For any other cooking methods, you have flexibility to use whatever eggs you have on hand.

Egg Nutrition Information

For 1 Large Egg:
Calories: 70
Fat: 5g
Saturated Fat: 1.5g
Cholesterol: 185mg
Protein: 6g
Carbs: 0g


About the Author

A food blogger, recipe developer, and personal chef based in Missouri, Priscilla specializes in low-carb, Paleo, gluten-free, keto, vegetarian, and low FODMAP cooking. See what she’s cooking on Priscilla Cooks, and follow her food adventures on Instagram and Pinterest.

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