Eggs are a great source of protein and micronutrients, including vitamin D and vitamin B12, but many of us don’t eat enough because we think they are difficult to cook.
Well what if we told you that there are ways to cook eggs that are faster and easier than making porridge? Read on to find out more.
How to Poach an Egg in the Microwave
If you avoid cooking eggs during the week due to time restraints, then you might be interested to know that you can poach an egg in the microwave in no time.
All you need is an egg, half a cup of water and a mug:
- Place the water into a mug (a tea or coffee mug works).
- Crack the egg into the mug and make sure that it is fully submerged in the water.
- BE SURE TO PIERCE THE YOLK with a fork, to avoid your egg exploding.
- Cover the mug with a small plate and cook the egg in the microwave on medium-high power for 40 – 60 seconds. If the egg is not yet cooked to your liking, place in the microwave for a further 20 seconds.
- Remove from the microwave and the scoop the egg out onto a piece of paper towel to absorb the liquid. Add the egg to your toast and vegetables and you are ready to go!
The No-Fail Way to Poach an Egg in the pan
If you prefer to poach your eggs in the pan, then you might be interested to know that cooking your egg, so it has a tender white and a runny yolk is easier than you think.
Firstly, make sure that you have fresh eggs. The fresher the egg, the more likely it is to retain its shape. If you want to know how fresh your egg is, place it in a cup of water – if it sinks and lays down, it is fresh, but if it stands up or even floats, it isn’t so fresh.
The trick is to use a fine mesh strainer.
All eggs have excess liquid white, and it is this liquid that causes those frustrating wispy bits in the pot. Therefore, by cracking an egg onto the strainer first, and allowing the liquid to drain, we get rid of those annoying bits.
After draining the eggs, lower the strainer in a pot of simmering water (you can add ½ teaspoon vinegar) and gently roll the drained egg into the pot. Then keep the egg moving around, using a slotted spoon to flip occasionally. You can do multiple eggs in the pot at once.
Three to four minutes later, your eggs should be perfectly poached and ready to enjoy alongside some whole grains and vegetables for a nutritious start to the day.