The Innovative Gadget That’ll Help You Make Perfect Poached Eggs Every Time

published Sep 12, 2023
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Eggs are one of the most versatile foods out there, and I eat tons of them. Scrambled, fried, deviled, hard-boiled — I’ll want one at any time and in any way, shape, or form. Hard-boiled eggs are usually my go-to, since I’ve perfected the timing and totally eliminated the possibility of messing them up, and there are tons of gadgets to make the process even more foolproof. Between how many ways there are to make eggs, in terms of both form and tools, there has to be at least one method that floats your boat.

But there’s one version of egg that I’ve generally steered clear of, despite my egg obsession: poached. They’re known for being a little difficult to make, but even though there are a number of hacks out there (like this one from TikTok), I’m still not totally confident in my ability to get it just right. But that’s where this nifty Williams Sonoma gadget comes in!

What is the Williams Sonoma Egg Poacher?

The editor-favorite brand offers a number of egg tools — egg fry rings, egg bite molds, a timer for boiling, the list goes on — but with how finicky poached eggs are, this gadget is particularly useful. Coming in a set of two, these perforated baskets ensure that the egg will stay intact, keeping the yolk from breaking. After filling a pan with three or four inches of water, submerge the device into the water, crack the eggs into a separate bowl, then transfer them to the basket. They’ll be ready in about three minutes!

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The baskets are made of BPA-free, heat-resistant silicone, and have a built-in handle so that you can pull them out of the water easily and safely when the eggs are ready to go. They’re even compatible with an Instant Pot! The handle folds and the baskets are removable, giving the very valuable bonus of more compact storage, as well as a smoother cleanup.

There are still a number of other steps you can take to get a perfectly poached egg, but this device gets you most of the way there. I’m more than willing to pay $20 for that!

Buy: Williams Sonoma Egg Poacher Set of 2, $22.95