HOW TO COOK EGGS PERFECTLY AND EASILY
A gentleman from Vancouver, Canada kindly took the
trouble to send me several tips on how to cook eggs quickly and simply, but to
perfection. This should prove very useful for anyone just starting out on their own
or new to the kitchen, as well as a lot of the rest of us who are never too old to learn!
Place eggs in a pot of cold water, add a pinch of salt.
When it boils, remove from the heat, let stand exactly 4 minutes.
Drain and serve
These eggs will have soft, runny yolks and hard whites.
Allow 1-2 eggs per person
- Heat oil or butter in frying pan.
- Wait until oil smokes slightly or butter starts to bubble.
- Break egg on a plate, add salt and pepper to taste.
- Tip plate to let egg slide gently into pan.
- With spoon, quickly keep lifting white over yolk to keep it soft.
- Tilt pan to allow oil to gather.
- With spoon, gently lift oil over uncooked white and yolk.
- When a delicate white setting takes place, egg is ready.
- A similar effect can be obtain by covering pan as eggs fry.
- These eggs will have soft, runny yolks and hard whites.
Allow 1-2 eggs per person.
Day has sent in the following tip
little tip for ‘perfect’ fried eggs: use a very small amount of
vegetable oil in the pan and get to medium to very hot, crack your egg/s
into the pan and fry for about 1 to 1½ minutes (get a lid to the pan
ready), pour into the pan via the side about half an eggcup of cold
water (yes I did say water) put the lid on the pan (the tighter the
better) and cook for a further minute until the top of the yolk is nice
HARD BOILED EGGS
- Place eggs in a pot of boiling water.
- Boil for no more than 8 to 10 minutes (otherwise the whites go
- Drain pot and fill with cold water (this prevents the outside of the
yolk turning grey)
- Let stand for a few minutes, shells will peel easily.
- Boil water in a pot with salt and a little vinegar added.
- When boiling, turn heat down to simmer (i.e. when you can just see a
slight movement in the water).
- Crack eggs, one at a time, gently drop contents of shell into water.
- Leave until white is set (3 minutes)
- Remove and drain with a slotted spoon.
- Keep in warm, slightly salty water until ready for use.
Poached eggs are a delightful treat for people who want to be sure
their eggs have hard whites and runny yolks. They are also easily swallowed and
relatively bland until spiced with salt and/or pepper and so make an easy to eat dish for
someone who is ill. Serve on buttered toast.
Allow 1-2 eggs per person.
N.B. Make sure your eggs are really fresh if not
they will spread all over the pan. You can also buy special pans for poaching which
keep the eggs a nice shape. Some people find it easier to run the egg down the side
of the pan into the water.
My problem has always been getting the white to
set before it flays itself around the pan - getting the yoke right is
a matter of preference and your other tips here are fine for that.
So my tip? Boil the egg in the shell for 10-30
seconds (depending on how cold the egg is before you start) then take
it out, set it aside in a bowl for a few seconds for the water to dry
off, then carefully crack/cook as normal. The white sets during the
pre-boil just enough to hold together perfectly, but still poaches
Tim Harris and
More information on
perfect poached egg, complete with pictures.
You cannot overbeat scrambled eggs. The more you beat them the
fluffier and more golden they become. If you do not beat them sufficiently they will
have a grey appearance when cooked. Allow 2 eggs per person and serve on toast.
This recipe uses four eggs (i.e. for 2 people).
- Beat eggs with two tablespoons of heavy cream in a bowl.
- Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a skillet on a medium heat, add egg
- Stir gently and constantly with a wooden spoon until eggs
- Add salt and pepper, sever heaped on hot, buttered toast.
- Garnish with a sprig of parsley,
This recipe uses cream, however, milk can be substituted instead and
if, like me, you like your scrambled eggs on the dry side, forget it altogether.
A nice variation to this is to add some "Worcestershire
Sauce" to the mixture. I hope you can buy this in America it is made by Lea &
Thanks to Mr. Michael Paterson for
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