How to cook an egg perfectly

Whether you like your eggs poached, scrambled, hard- or soft-cooked, learn how to make perfect eggs every time with these Tested Till Perfect tips.

How to cook perfect eggs

1. Poached eggs
Poached: Pour enough water into shallow saucepan to come 2 inches (5 cm) up side; bring to boil. Reduce heat to simmer. Break each egg into small dish; gently slip into water. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes or until desired doneness. Remove with slotted spoon and drain well.

2. Hard-cooked eggs
: Arrange eggs in single layer in large deep saucepan; pour in enough cold water to come at least 1 inch (2.5 cm) above eggs. Cover and bring to boil over high heat. Immediately remove from heat; let stand for 20 minutes. Drain and run cold water over eggs for 2 minutes. Peel off shells.

3. Soft-cooked eggs
Cook in same way as for hard-cooked eggs, but let stand in cooking water for 4 to 5 minutes or until desired doneness.

4. Microwave scrambled eggs for one or two
In microwaveable bowl, whisk 2 eggs with 2 tbsp (25 mL) milk or water. Microwave, uncovered, at High, whisking every 30 seconds, for 1 to 2 minutes or until set but still moist and creamy.

Serve in split pita breads with salsa or chili sauce, or on a toasted English muffin layered with slices of ham and cheese. 

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