“Poached eggs on toast, why do you quiver with such a funny little shiver?”
When they think of poached eggs, anyone who has read the wonderful Bread and Jam for Frances to their children at least a thousand times can’t help but think of contrary little Frances, a fussy eater who makes up catchy rhymes about the foods she doesn’t want to eat.
I love poached eggs, but they are probably one of the most uncooperative foods ever. I’ve tried all of the little tricks, bought the special pans, added the vinegar, salt, oil–all of the things that are supposed to be surefire ways to get the perfect white and creamy center–but mine still end up looking like egg-drop soup in the end.
The Instant Pot and silicone egg bite molds make it so much easier. Drop the eggs into the molds, set the pot, and just walk away. Come back to perfectly poached eggs that will make you look like a breakfast rock star once you plate them. Try it, and you won’t do it any other way!
What you’ll Need
Steamer Rack (this one is taller, making it easier to get the egg mold out of the pot. If you want to make eggs for a crowd, place one mold on the trivet that came with the Instant Pot, then put the taller rack in the pot and place the second mold on top).
Add one cup of water to Instant Pot pan. Generously grease your silicone pan with some butter or cooking spray. Break an egg into each cup as needed, and place silicone pan on tall rack or trivet. I like the taller rack if I’m only making one tray, since it makes it so much easier to remove the silicone pan.
Here’s where it gets just a little fussy (but still a lot less fussy than cooking them on a stovetop). You may need to experiment a bit to get your best time, but once you figure it out, you’ll be impressing everyone with your peached egg prowess. Try it out with 1-2 eggs at first, and set Instant Pot to 8 minutes high pressure. If eggs are too runny, rinse the Instant Pot lid under cold running water to help shrink the sealing ring, check ring placement, and cover pot again. Set only for one minute high pressure, then quick release. Use a quick pressure release to avoid overcooking, and remove the egg bite pan from the pot. As a general guide, for two eggs it takes only about 5 minutes to come to pressure, then eight minutes cook time. Not bad! We’re putting the Instant back into the Instant Pot!
Be gentle when removing the eggs from the pan. Gently run a spoon around the edges, as shown, and then push up slightly on the bottom of the mold so you can spoon the egg out without breaking it.
The perfect poached egg, with soft whites and a runny center that is perfect for dipping in with those toast points!
Serve these beauties over toast, hash browns, hamburgers–what doesn’t taste better with an egg on top? You’ll have poached eggs that even Frances will be happy to eat.
Instant Pot Poached Eggs
Eggs (any size, any quantity, depending on how many egg bite pans you are using)
Salt and pepper, to taste
- Generously grease egg bite pan(s) with cooking spray or butter.
- Place 1 cup of water in Instant Pot pan, and add trivet.
- Place egg bite pan on top of trivet, and place lid of instant pot in “Seal” position.
- Cook for 8 minutes at high pressure (you may need to adjust this).
- Release pressure quickly after Instant Pot beeps.