Follow my simple tips to learn How to Poach an Egg perfectly every time. I love these easy poached eggs and use them in a variety of breakfast dishes!

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A poached egg slightly cut to reveal the yolk on top of a slice of avocado toast.

Why I love this recipe:

  • Easy – All you need is a saucepan and slotted spoon, and they’re so simple, anyone can learn to poach eggs.
  • Impressive – Poached eggs level up any breakfast, like simple avocado toast on a weekday, or Eggs Benedict to serve guests or for a special occasion.

How to Poach an Egg:

Boil Water: Fill the pot with about 3 inches of water.  Bring the water to a boil and then reduce heat until it reaches a simmer. You should see small bubbles coming to the surface but not rolling.

Water simmering in a pot on the stove to make an easy poached egg.

Add Vinegar: Add a little splash of vinegar to the water (the vinegar helps the egg white to stay together once it is in the water).

Apple cider vinegar being poured into a pot of simmering water for the best poached egg recipe.

Add Egg: Crack one egg into a small cup (I use a measuring cup). Stir the water in a circular motion with a spoon, then lower the egg into the simmering water, gently easing it out of the cup.

An egg being poured into a pot of simmering water to make a poached egg.

Cook the egg in simmering water for 3-5 minutes, depending on how soft you like the egg yolk. Remove the poached egg with a slotted spoon.

A homemeade poached egg being lifted out of a pot of water.

Serve on avocado toast, or to make Eggs Benedict, Eggs Florentine, or Huevos Rancheros.

A fork cutting a poached egg on the top of avocado toast.

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Recipe

A poached egg with the yolk slightly exposed on top of a piece of avocado toast.
Prep 5 minutes
Cook 5 minutes
Total 10 minutes
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Ingredients
  

  • 4 eggs

Instructions
 

  • Boil Water: Fill the pot with about 3 inches of water.  Bring the water to a boil and then reduce heat until it reaches a simmer. You should see small bubbles coming to the surface but not rolling.
  • Add Vinegar: Add a little splash of vinegar to the water (this is optional, but it helps the egg white to stay together once it is in the water).
  • Add Egg: Crack one egg into a small cup (I use a measuring cup). Stir the water in a circular motion, then lower the egg into the simmering water, gently easing it out of the cup.
  • Cook the egg in simmering water for 3-5 minutes, depending on how soft you want your egg yolk. (Cook poached eggs for 3 minutes for soft yolk, 4 minutes for medium, or 5 minutes for well done yolk). Remove the poached egg with a slotted spoon.
  • Serve on avocado toast, or to make Eggs Benedict or your favorite breakfast.

Nutrition

Calories: 63kcalCarbohydrates: 0.3gProtein: 6gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.02gCholesterol: 164mgSodium: 62mgPotassium: 61mgSugar: 0.2gVitamin A: 238IUCalcium: 25mgIron: 1mg

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  1. 5 stars
    I cannot tell you how many times I have tried, and failed, to poach an egg. Having great success with your recipes, I decided to give it another try using your recipe. I am so happy I could cry. The eggs turned out perfect! I wish I would have used this technique years ago.