I love poached eggs, my husband makes amazing poached eggs but mine always fail so I thought I’d better learn.

How to poach an egg

What you’ll need:

  • Pot
  • Water
  • White vinegar
  • Fresh eggs


  1. Place 3 inches of water in your pot, add 1 tablespoon of vinegar to the water.
  2. Bring water to the boil then turn down to simmer.
  3. Crack your egg into a bowl then tip gently into water. A tip – hold your bowl just above the water surface, so it has less distance to fall.
  4. With a spoon gently push the egg whites close to the yolk.
  5. Remove egg with a slotted spoon to help drain the water after 2/3 minutes if you want the egg runny or 5 minutes for a well cooked one.
  6. Eat your egg on toast or as desired.

Can you poach eggs? Any tips to share? Please add your comments below.

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  • yeah i always make the whirlpool and that helps bind all the egg together. poached eggs are great


  • I make sure to spin the water slightly before placing a cracked egg into it


  • Have always struggled with this!!!


  • I have difficulty making the perfect poached eggs; great article, thanks!.


  • I also create a whirl pool and tip the egg into the center but i struggle to make more then two eggs at a time.. :-/


  • My eggs never look quite like your photo – still yummy!!


  • I’ve never attempted poached eggs before. Now I’d love to try! Thanks for sharing!


  • I was create a whirlpool and gently tip it into this.


  • I use a poacher but I have been known to have the water too high and it boil over into the egg.


  • I’ve always wanted to know how to poach an egg. This is great!


  • I’ve always preferred scrambled or fried eggs but my Husband loves poached eggs. He was taught by a top chef about using oiled glad wrap to contain the egg and keep it perfect rather than losing some of the eggwhite in the water.


  • Great tips, I can never get it right but will be giving this a go.


  • Yes, this is similar to the way I do it.


  • I cant poach eggs at all. Will follow your advise and see how it goes!


  • Thank you so much. This is me, too. My hubby makes the best poached eggs, and mine not so good. I don’t even bother anymore. I will follow these instructions now to master it and surprise him!


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