Tips To Make Perfect Breakfast Eggs: Boiled, Poached & Omelette
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Eggs for breakfast—it does not get more obvious than that, right? Eggs are so versatile that there are several hundred breakfast dishes that you can cook with and never run out of options. When it comes to breakfast meals, eggs are a classic, safe, and healthy choice. Whether it is the humble boiled egg—quick and easy—or the omelette—rich and fluffy—eggs are for every occasion.

But just because eggs are so common for breakfast does not mean everyone has mastered the art of cooking it. Different egg dishes require different techniques. So, here are some tips and tricks for you to make a boiled egg, a poached egg, and an omelette:

Boiled Eggs:

Boiled eggs are a breakfast favourite for their simplicity and versatility. You can eat them as they are, pack them up for a quick snack, or make sandwiches or salads with boiled eggs. Whether you like them soft and runny or hard-boiled, here's how to achieve that perfect consistency:

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  • Freshness matters when it comes to boiled eggs. Fresher eggs are easier to peel. If you can, opt for organic, free-range eggs for enhanced flavour.
  • Start with eggs at room temperature. Cold eggs can crack when placed in hot water directly after being in the freezer.
  • Use a saucepan that can comfortably hold the number of eggs you plan to cook in a single layer. This ensures even cooking and prevents cracking while boiling the eggs.
  • Place your eggs in the saucepan and add enough cold water to cover them by about an inch. Starting with cold water reduces the likelihood of cracking.
  • Begin heating the water over medium heat and bring it to a gentle boil. Rapid boiling can lead to cracked eggs.
  • The ideal cooking time depends on your preference. For soft-boiled eggs with a runny yolk, cook for 4-5 minutes. For hard-boiled eggs, aim for 9–12 minutes. Adjust the time to your liking and your choice of dish. 
  • Once your eggs have reached the desired consistency, remove them from the hot water and transfer them to an ice water bath. This halts the cooking process and makes peeling a breeze.

Poached Eggs:

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The perfect poached egg boasts a silky, runny yolk and tender whites. They can be enjoyed alongside buttered toast or with creamy mushrooms and sauteed veggies. Follow these steps to achieve poached egg perfection:

  • Use high-quality and the freshest eggs that you can find, as they hold their shape better in the poaching process.
  • In a deep skillet or saucepan, add enough water to submerge the eggs. Add a splash of vinegar (white or apple cider) to help the egg whites coagulate. Remember, you have to simmer, not boil, the eggs!
  • Before adding the egg, create a gentle whirlpool in the simmering water. This will help the egg whites wrap neatly around the yolk with the minimum effort.
  • Crack the eggs into a small cup or bowl instead of cracking them open directly into the pan. This makes it easier to gently slide the egg into the swirling water without breaking the yolk.
  • Timing is key to getting the right consistency! Poach the egg for 2-4 minutes for a runny yolk or 4-6 minutes for a firmer yolk. The longer you poach, the firmer the yolk will be.
  • Once done, remove the egg gently and with care. Use a slotted spoon to lift the poached egg out of the water. Gently tap the spoon to drain excess water.


Omelettes are highly versatile and offer a canvas for creativity, with a variety of fillings to suit your taste. You can opt for the classic plain omelette or go for a veggie or cheese omelette, according to your preference. Here's how to make a perfectly fluffy omelette:

  • Crack the desired number of eggs into a bowl. Season with a pinch of salt and a dash of pepper. Whisk vigorously until well combined and there are no streaks of egg white visible. The more you whisk, the fluffier your omelette will be.
  • Choose a non-stick skillet or shallow pan with round edges for easy flipping. Preheat the pan over medium-low heat and add a small amount of butter or cooking oil to prevent the whisked egg mixture from sticking.
  • Once the pan is hot, pour the beaten eggs into it. Allow the eggs to set for a few seconds without stirring. If you do not give enough time for the eggs to set, the omelette might break during flipping, and you will be left with the distant cousin of an omelette—scrambled eggs! 
  • If you are cooking a stuffed omelette, place your preferred fillings (cheese, sautéed vegetables, or chicken and mushrooms) on one-half of the omelette. 
  • When the eggs are mostly set but still slightly runny on top, use a spatula to fold the other half of the omelette over the fillings, creating a half-moon shape. Cook for an additional minute or two, if necessary, until the omelette is cooked through.
  • Season the omelette with a bit more salt and pepper, if desired. Carefully slide it onto a plate and serve immediately with toast and some veggies on the side.

Mastering the art of boiled, poached, and omelette eggs takes practice and some trial-and-error meals, but the reward is a delicious, nutritious breakfast. With these tips in mind, you'll be on your way to serving up perfect eggs every morning. So, follow these hacks and enjoy your egg-cellent morning meal!