The internet is back with another life hack and this time, it’s all in the name of a super quick and easy breakfast food — eggs. Eggs are one of those foods that have a place on your table all day long. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even snacks are comprised of eggs in one way or another. Per Healthline, one of the healthiest ways to eat an egg – poached – can be a little bit technically difficult to pull off.
Picture it. You’re set up to make a decadent homemade eggs benedict on Sunday morning. Breakfast in bed for your partner or for your friends who are coming over for brunch. You’ve got the English muffins, the rich and creamy Hollandaise sauce, and the Canadian bacon is sizzling. Only one problem — you keep breaking your poached eggs, ending up with over or undercooked globs. It’s a total mess.
You’re not alone in this struggle. Poached eggs are simple but that doesn’t mean they’re easy! The water has to be just the right temperature, and you’ve got to make sure it clumps together properly and doesn’t stick to the bottom or just fall apart. Thanks to everyone’s favorite site for life hacks and advice, there’s a super easy way to get perfectly poached eggs every time.
Sure you can keep trying to do it the old-fashioned way, in a giant pot of simmering water maybe with a touch of vinegar because you heard that helps, but there’s a better way — use your air fryer. No, the eggs won’t come out crispy. All the air fryer die-hards are adding another feather to their cap because yep, you can poach eggs super easily in your air fryer.
You’re gonna need one small ramekin or oven-safe bowl and some boiling water ready. Pour some of that boiling water right into the ramekin, then crack an egg into it. Place the whole thing in your air fryer and set the temperature to 340 degrees Fahrenheit for 11 minutes. When that timer goes off, you’ve got the perfect poached egg every time. No one needs to know you didn’t fumble around like a French culinary school dropout. What can we say, TikTok has, once again, provided us with a totally random but completely useful cooking tip that works like a charm. We’ll be putting this to use ASAP.
Now that you feel confident you can poach eggs without a mess or a hassle, there are a lot of yummy ways to add them to your meal. Obviously, the classic eggs benedict is rich and decadent and will elevate any breakfast or brunch experience. But poached eggs are great on cheesy avocado toast, or perhaps an everything bagel, piled high with cream cheese and lox, topped with a soft poached egg to trickle down the mountain and cover every bite in luscious, eggy goodness.
A poached egg also can be a lovely addition to a plate of pasta, think along the lines of a spicy bacon carbonara with a poached egg on top, hmm, yeah, we think that sounds good for dinner tonight. Chicken and waffles can go one notch higher with a poached egg on top too. Get creative with it, or don’t, and just have eggs on toast. Whatever floats your boat, you can rest well knowing your air fryer was indeed a worthwhile investment.