These sous vide eggs are just perfect: the whites are set, the yolk is beautifully rich and runny, and they’re so quick to make! Soft like poached with even more tender egg whites, this method takes eggs to the next level. Made easy with a precision cooker like an Anova.
This recipe started so simply: Toss a few eggs into my sous vide water bath, turn on my circulator, and go. Boom, perfection! Right?
Eh, OK, not quite.
It took me so, so many attempts at the perfect sous vide eggs to really nail it. Either the whites were way too gooey and not yet set or the yolk turned into a little ball within still loosey goosey whites. Uh, not the point, Sous Vide Eggs.
Then finally, we nailed it: the right temperature and the right time produced the most perfect sous vide eggs ever. Set whites, runny, warm yolks that you can easily crack into a cup. No peeling required! I’m in love.
Why These Eggs Are Perfect
- The egg whites are totally set, but the yolks are perfectly creamy, rich, and runny.
- It only takes 15 minutes to cook these eggs with the help of a sous vide precision cooker.
- They’re easier and richer than poached or soft boiled eggs.
- You can crack them right into a bowl or onto a piece of toast – no peeling required.
How to Make Them
Making the perfect sous vide eggs is a lot more complicated than you would think. There are three primary variables at play here:
- Cooking duration
- Finishing of the egg
What Temperature Should You Set Your Sous Vide to?
Many methods for sous vide eggs call for a 63º C/145º F water bath. I tested this temperature at a longer duration (about 45 minutes) but found the whites completely gooey and not set. I love a lightly set yolk as much as the next person, but loose whites on my toast are just not my thing.
I wanted the whites basically entirely set, so I cranked the temperature up to 165º F (73.89º C). Cooking the egg at this temperature for a long time (45 minutes) produced a very, very set yolk and less set white.
Then I gave it another go at a shorter cooking time, 15 minutes.
Finally, this higher cooking temperature (165º F) at a shorter cooking time of 15 minutes produced totally set whites (without being too firm) and gorgeously runny, rich yolks. So creamy and dreamy! Just perfect.
What About Cook Time?
Precision is key here, as evidenced by my weird “yolk ball in a little pocket of egg whites” experiment cooking the egg at 165º F for 45 minutes.
Plunk your eggs (CAREFULLY!) in the water bath and set your time right away for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, immediately remove the eggs and transfer to an ice bath.
And Then What?
I finished slow cooking my sous vide eggs by immediately dunking them into an ice bath and letting them stay there for a few minutes. This stops the cooking process right away and makes them a little easier to crack into or onto a bowl, piece of toast, etc. It’s not absolutely necessary, but I do recommend it.
Set your precision cooker to 165º F (74º C). Leave your eggs in the fridge. Let the water come to temperature then take your eggs out of the fridge. Carefully lower the eggs into the water bath; a handheld strainer or slotted spoon is great for that.
Cook for 15 minutes. Not 10, not 20. 15! Set a timer.
After 15 minutes, immediately remove the eggs from the water bath and transfer to an ice bath for a few minutes. About 3 if you want warm eggs; longer if you’d like chilled.
Tap the middle of the egg on the side of a bowl or surface then crack the egg into a bowl or onto a plate or piece of toast. Sprinkle with lots of salt and pepper and devour!
The Best Sous Vide Cooker
I personally use the Anova Sous Vide Precision Cooker and love it. It’s affordable, compact, and heats and cools the water surprisingly quickly (Of course, it’s not really cooling the water, but it lets the water temperature fall a lot more quickly than I suspected it would.).
I’ve used just about every sous vide gadget out there over the years, from a temperature stabilizer I plugged my manual slow cooker into (Really!) to a beer cooler with precisely heated water. Ya girl has loved her sous vide cooking since before it was affordable, right?
I highly recommend the Anova as a fantastic entry into the glorious (and shockingly moist and tender) world of sous vide cooking!
How long do these eggs last in the fridge?
After cooking then chilling your eggs, they can last in the fridge up to five days. This makes them awesome for elevated breakfast meal prep or simply to have on hand when you need to put an egg on it.
Other Recipes You’ll Love
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- Sous Vide Tri Tip with Easy Chimichurri Sauce
- Best Filet Mignon Ever with Garlic Herb Compound Butter
- Healthy Sous Vide Egg Bites with Bacon (Made in Oven, Whole30)
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- 6 large eggs any type
- salt to taste
- pepper to taste
- Large pot or other heat-resistant container filled with warm water
- Sous vide immersion circulator
- large bowl or other container, filled with ice and cold water
- Preheat large pot of water with sous vide immersion circulator to 165° Fahrenheit (74° Celsius). Pot should be deep enough that water level falls between minimum and maximum indicators on circulator.
- Carefully place uncooked eggs directly into water bath, being careful not to crack shells. Set timer for 15 minutes and let eggs cook undisturbed.
- After 15 minutes, immediately and carefully remove eggs from water bath. Place cooked eggs in ice bath and let eggs cool 3 to 5 minutes.
- Once cool to touch, crack eggs into serving dishes, season with salt and pepper, and serve.
- Consistency: These eggs WILL be a bit runny, which you may not be accustomed to if you generally stick to poached or hard-boiled eggs.
- Meal Prep: Sous vide eggs can be left in their shells and refrigerated after cooking up to 5 days.
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