The Perfect Poached Egg


My family takes eggs for breakfast very seriously.  I have already shown you how to make my great-grandmother's scrumptious scrambled eggs.  Now let's learn how to make the perfect poached egg!

perfect poached eggs

Achieving the perfect poached egg is an accomplishment that takes practice.  My mom initially showed me this method of poaching eggs when I was young, and it is still one of my most used techniques for preparing eggs.

How to Make the Perfect Poached Egg

Although the full recipe is provided below, I have included key considerations for you to take when preparing this recipe here:

  • Eggs: I prefer to use large free run eggs.  Free run eggs have been found to contain more nutrients than their conventionally farmed counterparts.
  • Ramekins: although you can crack your eggs directly into the pot of boiling water, I find it easier to crack the eggs into a ramekin or other small bowl prior to poaching.  This is especially useful when making more than one egg.
  • Vinegar: adding vinegar to the water is important because it helps the egg white firm up faster.  This will create the cooked egg white, and gooey yolk inside.
  • Removing Eggs: I recommend using a slotted spoon or other type of utensil that will allow as much water to drain as possible.  This is important because you don’t want to make your toast soggy when serving!

How to Serve Poached Eggs

Here are some options for you to serve your poached eggs that are not simply on plain toast:

  • Breakfast Sandwich: serve in a toasted whole wheat English muffin with a slice of turkey bacon and tomato for a healthy take on a classic breakfast sandwich.
  • Avocado Toast: poached eggs on top of mashed avocado on toast is one of my favorite breakfasts.  
  • Pasta: top a simple pasta with a poached egg.  The yolk will ooze all over the pasta when you break it to make a simple, but decadent tasting sauce.
  • Burger: to create a rich and creamy flavor on your next burger without adding cheese, try topping it with a poached egg.  Like with a pasta, the yolk will ooze and create a deliciously creamy coating on your burger patty!
the perfect poached egg

The Perfect Poached Egg

My family takes eggs for breakfast very seriously. I have already shown you how to make my great-grandmother’s scrumptious scrambled eggs. Now let’s learn how to make the perfect poached egg!

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  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp white vinegar
  • 10 cups water


  1. In a medium pot, bring water to a boil.  Add white vinegar.
  2. Reduce heat slightly to bring water to a steady simmer.
  3. Using a spoon, swirl the water to create a  whirlpool in the center of the pot.
  4. Carefully add the eggs in the center of the whirlpool.  Simmer for 3 minutes.
  5. Remove from water and serve.

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