Different Ways To Cook Eggs

Different Ways To Cook Eggs

If you were to eat a three-egg omelet every morning, you would have eaten roughly 1,095 eggs in a year.

The average American eats 250 eggs per year, which translates to a total annual consumption of 76.5 billion eggs.

Eggs are packed with protein and are a truly versatile food that can be cooked in many ways.

Here are just a few of the most popular methods with recipes included. So let’s crack into it.

Shirred Eggs

Shirred eggs, also referred to as baked eggs, are eggs that have been baked in a flat-bottomed dish.

The name “shirrrd eggs,” originates from the cooking vessel in which the eggs were traditionally baked. The vessel or dish was called a shirrer.

Shirred eggs are considered a simple and reliable dish as it is very versatile. The recipe is easily varied and expanded upon.

An alternative way of cooking shirred eggs is in individual ramekins, cook in a water bath, creating the French dish eggs en cocotte.

Instant Pot Eggs en Cocotte – French Baked Eggs
Instant Pot Eggs en Cocotte – French Baked Eggs

Sunny-Side Up

The first known use of the phrase sunny-side up was used in 1887.

A sunny-side up in culinary terms is an egg cooked on one side.

In other words, it is an egg, fried in a pan with butter or oil on one side so that the yolk remains runny on the top.

After the egg is cooked, the round yellow yolk gives a sun-like appearance, hence the name.

Usually it takes about 2 to 3 minutes to a cook a sunny-side in a skillet on medium low heat.

But there is a faster way.

Place the skillet over a medium-high heat. Add butter and melt.

Lid Removed After One Minute

Next, crack egg over butter. Add 1 tablespoon of water and place a small lid over egg for 1 minute.

Sunny-side Eggs Served With Different Dishes

When egg is done, remove from heat and slide onto a plate.

What video here on How To Make The Perfect Egg In One Minute.

Sunny-side up eggs make great Eggs Rancheros

Poached Eggs

A poached egg is an egg that has been cooked, outside the shell, by poaching, as opposed to simmering or boiling.

This method of preparation can yield more delicately cooked eggs than cooking at higher temperatures such as with boiling water.

How To Poach Eggs

This is the traditional way to make poached eggs on the stovetop.

1. Use Fresh Eggs

Egg whites turn runny with age, so the fresher the egg, the firmer the whites. Make sure to check the date on the carton before you buy.

2. Use A Ramekin

Crack each egg into a using a small ramekin to crack one egg into, will be easier to see and remove any bits of egg shell.

Also if the yolk ends up cracking you can dispose of the egg without dirtying your poaching water.

The bowl also makes it easier to slip the egg into the water gently, so it stays in one piece.

3. Add A Splash Of Vinegar

Adding vinegar to the water helps keep the whites together. It also firms up the proteins on the outer surface of the egg, making the egg rounder and the white less wispy.

No need to season the egg. Just add 1 teaspoon of salt per quart of water and a splash of white vinegar (about 1/8 teaspoon).

Alternatively, you can use a small skillet to poach eggs in. Add 3 cups of water, boil, then lower heat to simmer. Add 1/4 teaspoon of salt and a splash of white vinegar.

4. Do Not Drop The Egg Into The Boiling Water

Dropping a raw egg into boiling water is the recipe for scrambled egg soup.

Get the water hot by bringing it to a boil over high heat. Next, lower the heat until the water is just barely simmering. Gently simmering water keeps your eggs together.

5. Set Timer

Poached eggs cook fast. egg. About 2-3 minutes for soft poached and about 4 minutes for medium to firm yolks.

For hard poached eggs, bump the cook time up to 5 minutes.

6. Dry Before Serving

Remove the eggs from the poaching water with a slotted spoon so the water can drain off.

Then, blot the bottom of the spoon with a clean kitchen towel to remove any remaining water.

Poached eggs are great for making Eggs Benedict with Hollandaise Sauce.

Read more here for Tips For Working With Eggs In The Kitchen.


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