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How to Poach an Egg Recipe

Eggs are eggxellent LOL You can put them on anything, pair them with anything, or enjoy them on their own.  You can scramble em, fry em, bake em, you name it! Today, we are going to teach you how to poach em.

IMG_5632Eggs not only provide plenty of protein, but they also provide healthy fats, selenium, vitamin D, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, zinc, iron, and copper.   We like to poach an egg and throw it on a bed of spinach and other veggies or throw them into literally any other dish. All of these things are great, but the best is yet to come… eggs are also affordable! They last up to 4-5 weeks in the refrigerator and are fairly inexpensive in most grocery stores.

IMG_5591IMG_5600So we are here to teach you the tricks of the trade: how to poach the perfect egg.  And all you’re going to need is, yep, you guessed it – an egg! You will also need a little bit of water and vinegar. Begin by heating up a medium sauce pot filled with about 5 cups of water and bringing it to a light boil. Crack your egg into a small bowl and set aside.  Add the vinegar to the pot and stir the water and vinegar clockwise to create a small whirlpool.  Yes, just like the whirlpools you used to make as a kid.  Carefully slide your egg into the whirlpool and wait about 2-3 minutes.  Then lift the egg with a slotted spoon and enjoy!

IMG_5597IMG_5758IMG_5604IMG_5610As we said before, you can throw a poached egg into so many different dishes for a solid protein source with some healthy fats.  What do you like to put eggs on? Let us know what creative ideas you have in the comments below!


Poach the Perfect Egg
Total Time
5 mins
Servings: 1
  • 1 egg
  • 1-2 tablespoons of vinegar
  • 5 cups of water
  1. Crack your egg into a small bowl. Set aside.
  2. Heat up a medium pot filled with water, and bring to a light boil.
  3. Add vinegar to the pot, and stir the water & vinegar clock-wise (creating a small whirlpool.)
  4. Carefully slide your egg into the whirlpool.
  5. Wait 2-3 minutes, and then lift the egg with a slotted spoon.
Recipe Notes

Enjoy with toast or a salad!

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9 Comments on How to Poach an Egg Recipe

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    Sanjay Sajeev
    July 11, 2014 at 11:36 am (7 years ago)

    Looks yummy. I loved the recipe and direction. Thank you for sharing this. I am going to try this now

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    September 22, 2014 at 2:46 pm (7 years ago)

    This looks great! i’m going to try it tomorrow morning at breakfast. I have one question, though: why add vinegar? it gives the egg a specific taste or does it help in the preparation process? I’m just curious. Thanks!

    • Wendy
      September 23, 2014 at 3:19 pm (7 years ago)

      The vinegar increases the rate at which the egg protein coagulates (cooks) so it helps you get a sturdier poached egg without compromising the runny yolk inside. hope this makes sense!

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    sheila lynchy
    May 11, 2015 at 7:46 am (6 years ago)

    it really works i have been poaching eggs this way for 60yrs and my mother before me ..

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    Ayu Mashita
    November 3, 2015 at 3:04 am (5 years ago)

    Thanks so much for this! Could also please share the recipe of that salad under the poached egg? Looks super yumm as well 🙂

    • Wendy
      November 3, 2015 at 3:44 pm (5 years ago)

      You’re so welcome! I literally threw together whatever vegetables I came across- for this, I believe it was spinach, tomatoes, carrots, and onions.

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    Lakisha Morton
    May 12, 2016 at 4:43 pm (5 years ago)

    I love poached eggs but I must admit that I’m always a little nervous about eating them since the inside is not completely cooked. Does the boiling/poaching process help kill bacteria? I’ve never made these myself so I do look forward to trying this recipe. Love your site, ladies! Thanks!

    • Wendy
      May 12, 2016 at 9:11 pm (5 years ago)

      There is a higher risk of salmonella, but I wouldn’t be too concerned about it unless you are immunocompromised, elderly, or pregnant


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