Poached Eggs Mytilene


I learned this no-fail poached egg recipe from a Greek chef I worked with who grew up in Mytilene. He ate this for breakfast just about every morning and it reminds him of his mother to this day. I make it for breakfast pretty frequently and it always gives me a good start to my day. I recommend it for you and your family. It can be served with potatoes, toast, milk, juice, etc. to complete a good breakfast.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
2 eggs


  • ½ medium lemon, juiced

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 ½ cups water

  • 1 ½ tablespoons white vinegar

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1 pinch salt and ground black pepper to taste


  1. Combine lemon juice and oil in a small serving bowl; whisk to combine.

  2. Add water and vinegar to a medium saute pan or small saucepan and bring to a slow boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low. Crack 1 egg into a small bowl, being careful not to break the yolk. Gently slip egg into the simmering water, holding the bowl just above the surface of water. Repeat with the remaining egg. Cook eggs until the whites are firm and the yolks are lightly cooked outside, but liquid inside, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove the eggs from the water with a slotted spoon, and place into a serving bowl.

  3. Break the yolks with a fork and drizzle with lemon juice mixture. Stir yolks twice; season with salt and pepper.

Cook's Note:

The mixture of yolk, oil, and lemon gives the dish a creamy texture, almost like a hollandaise sauce. Instead of using 2 egg yolks, you may use 1 yolk, or 2 egg whites. The dish will be a bit more sour, due to fewer yolks, but will be just as good.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

275 Calories
24g Fat
6g Carbs
13g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 1
Calories 275
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 24g 30%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 372mg 124%
Sodium 307mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 13g
Vitamin C 39mg 193%
Calcium 94mg 7%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 210mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.