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How to Poach an Egg

Simple process for poaching eggs.

  • Author: Lea
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 to 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes


  • quality eggs
  • vinegar
  • water
  • ramekins
  • slotted spoon
  • large saucepan


  1. Break eggs, one at a time, into individual small cups or ramekins.
  2. Heat some water, about 3 inches, in a large saucepan to almost boiling and adjust the temperature so that the water remains at a steady state of barely simmering.
  3. Place a small amount of white vinegar in the water. (This aids in the egg coming together.)
  4. Hold each small bowl close to surface of the hot/simmering water and, one by one, gently slide the egg(s) into the water. Do NOT stir.
  5. Cook the egg(s) for 3-5 minutes. The whites should be set and the yolk thickened with a warm center. You may choose to turn the egg over for more even cooking.
  6. Use a slotted spoon to remove the egg(s) and drain on a paper towel.
  7. Serve immediately.

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