Cooking eggs is a challenge for some. Getting just the right flavor, consistency and “doneness” can be a challenge. Whether you love scrambled eggs, soft boiled eggs, poached eggs or hard boiled eggs, consider using the sous vide cooking technique.
Sous vide cooking takes the guess work out of cooking eggs. It creates perfectly cooked eggs each and every time you cook them. It also allows you to make a number of poached eggs at once. This makes it a super convenient solution to cooking breakfast, brunch or dinner for a crowd.
Related reading: Sous vide cooking FAQs
Here we explore why sous vide eggs should be on your list of cooking projects. We cover the best sous vide egg recipes, ideal water bath temperatures, plenty of sous vide egg cooking hints and tips and plating suggestions.
Once you start cooking your eggs sous vide, you will never look back.
Best way to cook sous vide egg
Just as with traditional cooking methods, you can create a range of eggs with sous vide cooking. So whether you like your eggs scrambled, poached or hard boiled, there is a sous vide egg recipe for you.
There is no one “best” way to create a sous vide egg dish. But one thing is for sure. All sous vide recipes create silky, smooth, perfectly cooked eggs that you can eat by themselves or add to your favorite dish as a side.
Whilst sous vide eggs are super popular for breakfast, they can also be added to a range of other dishes such as steaks, ramen noodles and salads. Protein rich, eggs are the perfect choice for many meals. And sous vide cooking makes them easy to prepare.
Sansaire have a simple step by step guide to cooking sous vide eggs. Check our their directions by clicking here.
Sous vide egg white preferences
The perfect poached egg consistency varies from person to person. Whilst some people like a nice loose egg white consistency, others like egg whites that are a little more “solid”.
Sous vide cooking allows you to alter your egg consistency with the length of time you leave your eggs in your sous vide water bath. For tighter whites, leave your eggs in your water bath for longer.
The beauty of cooking sous vide eggs – cook BEFORE your guests arrive
Yes, that’s right folks. You can make your sous vide poached eggs ahead of time. This makes the sous vide method a perfect solution when cooking for a crowd or a houseful of guests.
We see a lot of social media posts, mostly on Instagram, showing sous viders cooking a huge number of eggs at once which offers huge convenience and cooking efficiencies.
Some general sous vide egg hints and tips
- Be sure to use large eggs that have no cracks and are cold from the refrigerator
- Fresher eggs have tighter whites and are better suited for most recipes
- Sous vide eggs can be cooked, chilled in an ice bath for 10 minutes, and refrigerated for up to 5 (five) days
- Use a ladle or slotted spoon to gently lower the eggs into your water bath so they do not crack
- For added flavor and texture, consider adding seasoning to your sous vide eggs. Sprinkling with ingredients such as crumbled queso is also a great idea
- If you are serving your sous vide eggs solo, garnish with micro greens and serve immediately for maximum plate appeal
- Consider putting your eggs in Ziploc bags before lowering them into your water bath. This means you won’t have to clean out your sous vide immersion circulator if your eggs break in your water bath!
- Source fresh, high-quality eggs for consistently delicious results
Best sous vide egg recipes
We have looked far and wide to source a range of sous vide egg recipes for you to drool over and create. New recipes are appearing all the time so be sure to keep an eye on our social media pages for more sous vide egg recipe inspiration.
Here are just a few sous vide egg recipes to get you started:
Perfect sous vide eggs with avocado toast from Dash of Savory
Sous vide Eggs Benedict recipe from Cooking Light
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The best sous vide for eggs
Any sous vide immersion circulator (also known as a precision cooker) or all in one water oven can be used to create perfect sous vide eggs.
We always recommend initially using recipes that have been designed specifically for your sous vide machine brand. These recipes are likely to have been tried and tested with the specific sous vide machine you are using.
You can always experiment with other sous vide egg recipes from other brands and independent sources (such as home chef recipes etc) if you find those initial recipes don’t create the perfect sous vide egg consistency and “doneness” for your taste buds.
Best sous vide poached eggs
There are a range of recipes available for sous vide poached eggs. As we have said throughout this article, the perfect poached egg is different for everyone. You may need to experiment a little to find the right sous vide water bath temperature and time settings for you.
Here are a few sous vide poached egg recipes from reputable source to give you some initial poached egg inspiration:
Check out this delicious looking sous vide soft poached egg recipe from The Splendid Table
Ultimate poached egg upgrade recipe from Chefsteps website (manufacturer of the Joule sous vide precision cooker).
75 degree egg recipe from Chefsteps
Green eggs and ham recipe from Chefsteps
Sous vide poached eggs from William Sonoma (adapted from a recipe by PolyScience)
The best sous vide scrambled egg recipes
Whilst soft boiled eggs are probably a more popular sous vide recipe, let’s not forget the humble scrambled egg dish. If you are seeking the ultimate silky texture. give some sous vide scrambled egg recipes a whirl:
Click here for a well reviewed recipe from the Anova Culinary website for sous vide scrambled egg.
Best sous vide soft boiled egg and hard boiled egg recipes
We have talked about poached eggs in other sections of this article. A soft boiled egg is really the same thing. The soft boiled or poached sous vide water bath temperature range is best between 140°F to 145°F (60°C to 62.8°C) and the eggs are cooked for 45 to 60 minutes.
To produce a firmer white without affecting the texture of the yolk, the egg can be briefly boiled for 2 to 3 minutes either before or after the sous vide process. The bonus is that this will also help with removing the shell from the eggs when you are ready to serve your dish.
For semi hard boiled and hard boiled eggs, cook them at 150°F (65.6°C) for the yolk to begin to firm up and until it becomes crumbly around 165°F (73.9°C). Hard boiled eggs start in the middle of this range.
Here are some sous vide hard boiled egg recipes for you to try:
Hardboiled eggs sous vide from SousVide Supreme (all in one sous vide water oven)
What is the best sous vide egg temperature?
What is the perfect sous vide egg temperature? It depends. Yes, we know. That isn’t very scientific is it. But we know that you all have different preferences when it comes to the consistency and “doneness” of your eggs.
Here are a few proven sous vide egg temperatures to try. After tasting the end product, you can adjust the recipe to your specific tastes. These temperature guides give you a good place to start.
- Cook your eggs at a low water bath temperature of about 145°F (63°C) for at least 1 hour. This temperature produces yolks that are slightly thickened but still runny. It also produces barely set whites
- Lower eggs into your water bath set to 140°F (60°C) and cook until heated through. They should be cooked for at least 15 minutes or up to 1 hour
- Set your sous vide machine to (64°C). When the water reaches 64°C, gently place eggs straight from the fridge into the water. Set a timer for 43 minutes
- Most chicken and duck eggs will set to the desired “doneness” in 60 minutes (about 1 minute per gram of egg)
- Quail eggs will generally cook to the desired “doneness” in 20 to 30 minutes. But be mindful that the proteins will start to denature after 120 minutes, resulting in unpleasant textures.
As a general guide, here are some temperatures to consider for various levels of “doneness”:
- 143.5°F (62°C) for soft whites
- 145.5°F (63°C) for medium-set whites
- 147°F (64°C) for firm-set whites
Serving sous vide eggs
Given you cook sous vide eggs whole you may be wondering how you get them onto your plate before serving. Simply crack the eggs into a small dish and tip the dish slightly to pour off any loose whites.
Alternatively, if serving immediately, gently crack an egg onto a paper towel to capture any excess liquid. Gently roll the egg off the towel and onto your plate for serving.
How to reheat sous vide eggs
If you do not plan to serve your sous vide eggs straight away, plunge the cooked egg(s) into an ice bath after your sous vide cook has finished. Refrigerate for up to 48 hours.
There are a few different ways that you can reheat your sous vide eggs. Here are a few suggestions for you to try:
Idea 1. If you make a batch of sous vide eggs, keep them in the fridge until you want to serve them. Re-heat them by placing the eggs in very, very hot tap water
Idea 2. Boil water, then set the eggs in the boiled water, off the heat, for 30 seconds or so
Idea 3. Reheat the egg by placing in a 140°F (60°C) circulating water bath or placing the cracked egg in a pot of simmering water on the stovetop for 60 seconds.
Sous vide egg bites
Starbucks has recently sky rocketed sous vide egg bites to stardom. Egg bites are delicious as a dessert, lunch or late night snack when you get the munchies! The great news is that you can make sous vide egg bites at home.
Many sous viders cook up a batch of sous vide egg bites over the weekend so that they have a supply for the week. That saves both time and money during the week when life gets busy.
We have created a whole article dedicated to sous vide egg bites so jump over to that article if you are interested to learn more about how you can make sous vide egg bites at home (link provided in Related article below).
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Sous vide eggs on social media
The sous vide cooking community is super active when it comes to social media. Sous viders around the globe share their “egg”scapades (sorry – we couldn’t help ourselves!) on a range of social media platforms including Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter and forums such as Reddit.
Using your search engine of choice simply use hashtags such as #sousvideegg and #sousvideeggs to source a range of photos and information that will both inspire you and teach you how to up your sous vide egg cooking game.
Are sous vide eggs an EGGcelent choice?
We think so. Surely you didn’t expect us to get through this article without an egg pun!
Whether you are cooking for one or a crowd, sous vide cooking makes egg cooking easy. Give it a go and see for yourself.
Further Reading and Resources
How to cook eggs sous vide from Sansaire
Sous vide hard boiled eggs: An exercise in patience – Reddit conversation thread
How to Cook Perfect Sous Vide Hard Boiled Eggs from Tempus Fugit
Can you sous vide soft/hard boil eggs overnight – Reddit conversation thread