How to poach an egg

A perfectly poached egg is delicious served with fishcakes or smoked haddock, or simply on buttered toast. For best results, use really fresh eggs.

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Step 1

Pour boiling water into a shallow pan or frying pan, to a depth of about 3cm. Bring back to the boil then reduce to a simmer.

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Step 2

Crack each egg into a cup, then gently tip into the water. Cook no more than 2 or 3 eggs at a time.

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Step 3

Keep the water simmering for about a minute, until each egg white is opaque.

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Step 4

Carefully remove the poached egg with a slotted spoon and serve immediately.