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Taking the Mystery out of Poached Eggs in the Instant Pot

The struggle is real.  I’ve tried poached eggs at 2 minutes and they weren’t cooked completely.  I’ve tried poached eggs at 3 minutes and they were more like hard boiled.  So, I tried 2 minutes again–hard boiled this time.  How can they be underdone and overdone in the same amount of time?  What in the world was I doing wrong?  This poached egg dilemna was particularly frustrating to me because my husband LOVES poached eggs and I’ve never been able to make them using the drop-it-in-boiling-water-on-the-stove method.  The instant pot was my chance to master the poached egg.  Well, I’ve finally done it!  Two times in a row!  My husband is happy.  I am happy.  All is well, all because of a few poached eggs.

The first thing you should know is that there are these little silicone cups you can buy at Ikea that will make your egg poaching a lot easier.  You can find it on the Ikea website by clicking HERE.

baking cups

Here’s my foolproof method to get poached eggs right every time.

  1. Spray these little babies with cooking spray, crack the egg and pour it in.
  2. Then place the instant pot rack (the one you got with the pot) in the stainless steel pot.
  3. Now comes the brainstorm that I got to make poached eggs right every time.  Put in a cup of HOT water.  It doesn’t have to be boiling, but very hot.
  4. Set your instant pot on steam for 2 minutes and wait, do dishes, make coffee, etc.
  5. When the beeper goes off, let them NPR (natural pressure release) for 3 minutes, then QR (quick release) and remove from pot.

They’ll dump right out of their little silicone shells and onto the plate.

Instant pot poached eggs
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Poached eggs have been a mystery to me until now. Follow these directions for a happy outcome.
Servings Cook Time Passive Time
4eggs 2minutes 10minutes
Servings
4eggs
Cook Time Passive Time
2minutes 10minutes
Ingredients
  • 4 eggs you may need more time with more eggs.
  • 1 cup water
Servings: eggs
Units:
Ingredients
  • 4 eggs you may need more time with more eggs.
  • 1 cup water
Servings: eggs
Units:
Instructions
  1. Pour each egg into a silicone baking cup.
  2. Place a rack in the bottom of your instant pot for the cups to sit on.
  3. Place cups on the rack and set the instant pot on STEAM for 2 minutes.Instant pot eggs
  4. Let the pot NPR (natural pressure release) for 3 minutes, then QR (quick release).
  5. Take the eggs out, dump them onto the plate and enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Be sure and keep strict times.  Eggs are sensitive and will overcook if left too long.  I set a timer once the NPR begins so that I don't forget.  Happy Eggs every time.  lol

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