Poached Eggs

Poached Eggs

Poached eggs are a simple and elegant breakfast dish where eggs are gently simmered in water until the whites are set but the yolks remain runny. They are often served over toast, English muffins, or with various accompaniments. Here’s how to make poached eggs:


  • Fresh eggs (as many as you’d like to poach)
  • Water
  • A pinch of salt (optional)
  • White vinegar (optional)


  • A shallow saucepan or a deep skillet
  • A slotted spoon
  • A timer
  • A plate lined with paper towels (for draining)


  1. Prepare the Pan:
  • Fill the shallow saucepan or deep skillet with about 2-3 inches of water. You want enough water to fully submerge the eggs.
  1. Add Salt and Vinegar (Optional):
  • Optionally, add a pinch of salt to the water to season it. Some people also add a splash of white vinegar (about a tablespoon) to the water, which can help the egg whites coagulate more easily and stay together.
  1. Heat the Water:
  • Place the saucepan or skillet over medium heat and bring the water to a gentle simmer. You should see small bubbles forming at the bottom of the pan and rising to the surface. The water should not be boiling vigorously.
  1. Crack the Eggs:
  • While the water is heating, crack each egg into a small bowl or cup. This makes it easier to slide the egg gently into the simmering water.
  1. Create a Whirlpool (Optional):
  • This step is optional but can help the egg whites wrap around the yolk more evenly. Use a spoon to create a gentle whirlpool or vortex in the simmering water.
  1. Poach the Eggs:
  • Carefully slide one egg at a time into the simmering water. If you’ve created a whirlpool, the egg whites should wrap around the yolk. You can poach multiple eggs at once, depending on the size of your pan, but avoid overcrowding.
  1. Set a Timer:
  • Set a timer for about 3-4 minutes for runny yolks, 4-5 minutes for slightly firmer yolks, or longer if you prefer fully cooked yolks. The exact time may vary depending on the size of the eggs and the simmering temperature.
  1. Remove the Eggs:
  • Use a slotted spoon to carefully lift the poached eggs out of the water. Allow excess water to drain back into the pan.
  1. Drain and Serve:
  • Place the poached eggs on the paper towel-lined plate to remove any remaining water. Season with a pinch of salt and freshly ground pepper if desired.
  1. Serve and Enjoy your Poached Eggs:
    • Poached eggs are delicious served on toasted bread, English muffins, or with various accompaniments like sautΓ©ed spinach, smoked salmon, or hollandaise sauce.

Remember that practice makes perfect when it comes to poaching eggs. It may take a few tries to get the timing and technique just right, but the result is worth itβ€”a beautifully poached egg with a runny yolk that’s perfect for breakfast or brunch.