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Cooking 101: What Is Poaching? How to Poach an Egg and Other Poaching Techniques

Written by the MasterClass staff

Last updated: Aug 4, 2021 • 3 min read

If you want to add to your culinary talents a technique for cooking meats and vegetables aside from sautéing, roasting, boiling, braising, frying, or steaming—it’s time to start practicing your poaching skills. Poaching retains most of the moisture of an ingredient and can leave you with a base for sauce to complete your dish. Poaching might take a little time to master—whether you’re trying to create a hot water vortex for a runny egg or achieve the small bubbles right below boil for chicken breasts–but it’s useful for home cooks for making heart-healthy meals.