Recipes and Cooking

Perfectly Poached Eggs

Perfectly Poached Eggs Preparation time 10 mins Serves 1 person


2 eggs


In a large saucepan, add water to 5-6 cm. Bring to the boil. Break an egg into a small bowl. Reduce heat until water is barely bubbling, then with a large spoon, gently stir the water in a circular motion to create a whirlpool which will draw the egg into the centre of the pan. Carefully slide the egg into the water.

Allow 3½ - 4 minutes for poached eggs with firm whites and soft, runny yolks, and 4-5 minutes for firmer yolks.


You can test for softness/firmness by lifting an egg on a spoon and gently pressing a finger on the yolk. To make sure that the egg does not separate, add a pinch of salt and ½ teaspoon of vinegar to water before adding in eggs. Egg should be cold when poaching eggs. So use eggs straight from the fridge or even stand them in iced water for several minutes before cooking.