Philip Bradley

Somebody with glasses

11 Jan 2020

Instant Pot Poached Eggs Done Right

I've made no secret of my love of the egg. In fact my favorite restaurant makes a point of quietly including eggs in some way in nearly all their entrees.

I approve of any egg homage and won't bore you with any of that. You wouldn't be here unless you agree. Let's get to work.

Terminology for the uninitiated:

poached egg
A poached egg is an egg that has been cooked, outside the shell, by poaching (or sometimes steaming), as opposed to simmering or boiling liquid. This method of preparation can yield more delicately cooked eggs than cooking at higher temperatures such as with boiling water.

The broken shells of hundreds of eggs slain in anger attest to how long it took me to find the method described below. Before the instant pot, I tried…

  • swirling, simmering water (traditional)
  • swirling, simmering oil or wine
  • ridiculous plastic poachers that you microwave
  • wrapping each egg in plastic wrap before poaching in water
  • sous vide via my anova device

The Sous vide approach actually has merit but for speed and consistency, the instant pot is it.