Yes, You Can Make Poached Eggs in the Air Fryer: Here's How

Just another reason to love the air fryer.


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The air fryer is perhaps one of the most beloved kitchen appliances, and for good reason. You can conveniently cook almost anything in just a few minutes, and it always comes out perfect. Some of the more popular air fryer recipes are for dishes like hand-cut fries, crispy vegetables, and chicken wings, and the air fryer’s capabilities span way beyond just that. Believe it or not, you can make the most idyllic poached eggs in the air fryer if you follow just a few simple steps.

If you’ve ever made poached eggs the traditional way, you can understand how intimidating it can be. Poaching eggs on the stovetop is a meticulous cooking technique, and it usually takes a few attempts to get it just right. Some people add vinegar or swirl the water before dropping the eggs into the pot, but neither of these methods are foolproof. On the contrary, air fryer poached eggs are incredibly easy to whip up, and they look and taste just like what you would order from your favorite brunch spot. Plus, by using the air fryer you can easily make more than one poached egg at a time.

How to Make Poached Eggs in the Air Fryer

Ready to save time (and likely a few eggs) by cooking them in the air fryer? Follow the step-by-step recipe below for a method so easy you'll want to do it again and again.

  1. Preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees and grease four ramekins with cooking oil or olive oil.
  2. Crack an egg into each ramekin, and add about 2 tablespoons of water into each one as well.
  3. Place the ramekins into the air fryer basket and decrease the temperature to 360 degrees.
  4. Set the timer for 4 to 5 minutes. You'll know the eggs are done when the egg white appears set and can withstand a gentle poke.
  5. Once the eggs are done, use a small silicone spatula to gently lift them out of each ramekin.

While poached eggs are most commonly featured in Eggs Benedict, there are so many ways to enjoy them in a variety of dishes. Adding a poached egg to certain meals is also a great way to get more protein, which in turn helps to keep you fuller for longer. Poached eggs are a great addition to juicy burgers, hearty grain bowls, and avocado toast. If you’re looking for even more delicious ways to enjoy poached eggs made in the air fryer, top off a homemade sweet potato hash, a roasted vegetable medley, or a warm bowl of rice and beans.

Once you’ve made poached eggs in the air fryer, there’s no turning back. Just keep in mind that you should enjoy your poached eggs shortly after making them, as they taste the best when they’re fresh.

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