Perfect Poached Egg

I'm like many others when it comes to ordering breakfast at a restaurant. That's when I often order a poached egg. Many are intimidated to poach an egg at home. There are a few key tips that will head you in the right direction, and you'll be on your way to perfect home-poached eggs.

Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
10 mins
1 poached egg


  • 1 large egg

  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar


  1. Fill a large pot with at least 3 inches of water and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce temperature to low--the water is ready when you see bubbles at the bottom of the pot, but there should be no bubbles breaking the surface of the water.

  2. Crack egg into a small-mesh sieve, allow it to drain, and then transfer the egg to a small bowl or ramekin in order to avoid a runny egg white. This step will give you a better-shaped poached egg with tighter whites.

  3. When water is at the right temperature, stir in about 1 tablespoon white vinegar which helps the egg white coagulate. Using a spoon, swirl the water in the center of the pot into a vortex or whirlpool, and carefully add egg to the center. Cook until egg white is set, but the yolk is still soft and runny, 2 1/2 to 3 minutes. Do not overcook.

  4. Transfer the egg to a paper towel to remove excess water using a slotted spoon. Serve immediately.

Cook's Note:

Fresh eggs are the best for success, but we all know that's not always possible (unless you have chickens).

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

72 Calories
5g Fat
0g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 1
Calories 72
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 2g 8%
Cholesterol 186mg 62%
Sodium 70mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 0g 0%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 6g
Calcium 27mg 2%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 67mg 1%

* 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.

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