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How to Make Poached Eggs

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Poached Egg Breakfast

This is how to make poached eggs for breakfast simply and easily.

I love poached eggs.

And while they are a pretty simple dish – making them is a little complicated. If you don’t have the right equipment.

I know that there are ways to make them without a special poached egg cup thingy – but that never worked for me.

For years I had this old fashioned poached egg pot – but cleaning it was such a headache that I never really used it.

old poached egg pot

So, I was delighted to find a modern take on an old favorite at Crate & Barrel.

Silicone poached egg cups!

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Silicone Poached Egg Cups

How to Make Poached Eggs in Silicone Egg Cups

Making poached eggs in these is a breeze.

All you need are:

  • a pot with lid – that is deep enough to hold the cups with the lid on
  • silicone egg cups
  • nonstick cooking spray (I use a Misto oil sprayer filled with Canola oil)
  • eggs
  • salt and pepper to taste

Fill the pot with about 1 inch of water and bring it to a boil.

Spray nonstick cooking spray on the poached egg cups.

Crack one egg in each cup.

Set the egg filled cup into the pot of boiling water and cover with lid.

Cook until desired doneness. (I usually cook them about 10 minutes for a hard cooked yolk.)

Use a table knife or plastic knife (something not too sharp) to remove the egg from the cup. Often times they just slide out without a knife.

That’s it! And clean up is very easy. The cups are dishwasher safe, but I just wash them by hand.

perfect poached eggs

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I purchased my set at Crate & Barrel, but I found something similar at too (although I haven’t tried these).

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Sunday 5th of July 2020

I'm another Peter, in New Zealand, who found this page using DuckDuckGo searching for "using silicon poached egg holder". This is such a well laid out page containing very useful information. The poached eggs we had this evening, cooked for 7 minutes with a lid on, were perfect! Thank you.

Neena Nandagopal

Monday 6th of July 2020

Thank you - so glad it helped!

Moe P

Saturday 28th of September 2019

Are the cups you have shown a bit hard or are they soft and floppy?? The ones I bought are soft and floppy so I've had nothing but trouble trying to cook my eggs in them, falling over and sliding onto the counter, or into the water in the pan..I got mine at Walmart though so I don't know if that's why, but I hate them lol. What a mess. I liked the old time pans my mom had that you have pictured here a lot better.

Neena Nandagopal

Wednesday 2nd of October 2019

Hi Moe,

The silicone poached egg cups that I have do have some structure to them. I don't find them to be as floppy as you describe.

Maybe you could try using a little less water in the pot that you make the poached eggs in? Just be carful that it doesn't evaporate.

Best of luck!

sw ceniti

Thursday 30th of May 2019

fill the pan with water crack egg into cups, place the lid over the pot. Set an egg timer for three minutes for a soft egg or five minutes for a hard egg. from another site on poaching eggs with silicone cups.

Neena Nandagopal

Friday 31st of May 2019

Thanks for the info!


Thursday 22nd of November 2018

Thank you

Neena Nandagopal

Friday 23rd of November 2018

You are welcome!


Tuesday 14th of August 2018

I found this page by carrying out a DuckDuckGo search for "using silicon poached egg holders". We have had a set of silicon egg poachers for a long time but never used them until now. Thank you for providing such a useful instruction. Using a size 7 eggs (quite large), I found the yolks were just firm when cooked for 10 minutes, and the eggs were delicious.

Neena Nandagopal

Tuesday 14th of August 2018

Hi Peter, Your comment just made my day! Thank you so much for letting me know that article helped you out. :-)

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