Air fryer poached eggs are a quick, easy, and convenient breakfast option ready in less than 10 minutes! Gone are the days of traditional water poaching methods and the messy aftermath. With this technique, you can achieve perfectly poached eggs in a hassle-free way!
Recently, I have been making all my favorite recipes in the air fryer because of how convenient and efficient this kitchen appliance is! This poached egg recipe has seriously revolutionized my morning routine, saving me so much wasted time. I can’t wait for you to try it!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- Time efficient: There’s no need to watch and wait for your water to boil. Just add eggs to ramekins and pop them in the air fryer!
- Consistent results: With an air fryer, you don’t need to be a kitchen pro to achieve the same perfect doneness every time.
- Customizable: You can easily adjust the cooking time to make your air fryer poached eggs with soft or hard yolks.
What Are Air Fryer Poached Eggs?
Air fryer poached eggs are a modern twist on a classic breakfast item, taking advantage of the efficient and even cooking power of the air fryer. Using this new-and-improved method, you can now make a traditionally challenging and delicate recipe with ease!
The eggs come out with a silky-smooth white and a perfectly runny yolk, while the taste retains that fresh egg flavor. If you haven’t tried poaching eggs in the air fryer, I highly recommend it!
Enjoy them in all the same ways you’d normally serve poached eggs. Sprinkle them with a pinch of salt and herbs, then add them to the top of avocado toast or serve them as part of eggs benedict with hollandaise.
Ingredients For Air Fryer Poached Eggs
See the full list of ingredients in the recipe card below.
- Eggs: For the ideal taste and texture, I recommend using farm-fresh eggs. It’s also best if they are large or extra large.
- Avocado oil spray: To grease the ramekins, preventing the eggs from sticking. If you don’t have avocado oil spray, use canola or olive oil spray or melted butter.
- Salt & pepper: Enhance the natural flavor of the eggs. Adjust both to preference. Himalayan pink salt or sea salt can be used for a different flavor profile.
- Other seasonings: These are up to you! Feel free to play around with additional herbs and spices like paprika, chives, garlic powder, everything spice, or red pepper flakes.
How To Make Air Fryer Poached Eggs
Step 1: Prep The Ramekins
Start by preheating your air fryer. While preheating isn’t completely necessary, it reduces the total cooking time of the eggs. Lightly grease the ramekins with some avocado oil spray. This ensures your eggs will slide right out!
Step 2: Season The Eggs
Crack an egg into each ramekin, then sprinkle each one with some salt, pepper, and whatever other seasonings you’d like.
Step 3: Air Fry The Eggs
Pop the ramekins into the air fryer basket, making sure there is a little space between each one. Air fry them at 370F for 6-8 minutes depending on how runny or hard you prefer your yolks.
And there you have it! You’ve just made perfectly poached eggs without even boiling water.
Do I Have To Add Hot Water To The Ramekins?
I don’t find it necessary to add hot water to the ramekins before poaching eggs in an air fryer. The circulating heat from the air fryer is enough to cook the eggs directly.
However, for a more traditional preparation, you can add a few tablespoons of water to each ramekin before adding the cracked egg.
- Eggs Benedict: Serve your air fryer poached eggs on an English muffin with bacon and a drizzle of homemade hollandaise sauce.
- Southwestern style: Top them with salsa, avocado slices, and a sprinkle of cilantro.
- Spicy: Drizzle with hot sauce or sprinkle with red pepper flakes before air frying.
- Cheese: Sprinkle grated cheese on top before air frying for a cheesy layer.
- Bacon wrapped: Wrap the ramekin’s edge with a bacon strip before cracking in the egg.
Tips For The Best Recipe
- Ramekins: Ensure your ramekins are oven-safe and fit comfortably in your air fryer. They should also be deep enough to hold the eggs without overflowing.
- Preheat properly: Preheat your air fryer for a few minutes to ensure even cooking.
- Monitor the eggs: Check the egg at the 6-minute mark to gauge the runniness of the yolk and adjust the cooking time accordingly.
- Avoid overcrowding: If you’re cooking multiple eggs, make sure the ramekins aren’t touching, allowing air to circulate freely.
What To Do With Leftovers
If you make a few extra poached eggs for later, follow these simple storage tips:
- Fridge: Store leftover poached eggs in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days.
- Freezer: It’s not recommended to freeze poached eggs as the texture can become rubbery when they’re thawed.
- Reheating: Place the egg in simmering water for about a minute to reheat without overcooking. You can also reheat it in the air fryer for a minute at 300F, but watch it closely to avoid overcooking.
If you love the convenience of air fryers, check out some more of my favorite recipes like these:
- Air Fryer Tater Tots
- Air Fryer Salmon Bites
- Air Fryer Hot Dogs
- Air Fryer Frozen Sweet Potato Fries
- Air Fryer Hot Pockets
- Frozen Potato Skins in the Air Fryer
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know when air fryer poached eggs are done?
Your air fryer poached eggs are done when the whites are set and the yolks are slightly runny, but you can cook them longer if you prefer a firmer yolk.
Why is my egg sticking to the ramekin?
If your egg is sticking to the ramekin, you likely didn’t grease it well enough. Make sure to use a generous amount of spray oil to prevent sticking.
Can I cook more than one egg in a ramekin?
Yes, but make sure the ramekin is large enough and adjust the cooking time.
10-Minute Air Fryer Poached Eggs
- cooking spray
- salt and pepper to taste (or other seasonings as desired)
- Preheat air fryer to 370 degrees (takes about 5 minutes)
- Lightly grease ramekins and crack one egg in each ramekin.
- Season as desired.
- Place ramekins in the air fryer basket.
- Air fry at 370 degrees F for 6-8 minutes until the yolk of the egg reaches your desired doneness.