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How To Make Poached Eggs

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  • Prep Time: 1 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 serving 1x


Learn how to make perfectly poached eggs with this easy recipe and video tutorial.


  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar (preferably a mild-flavored vinegar like rice vinegar or apple cider vinegar)
  • salt and pepper


  1. Crack the egg into a small bowl.  Set aside.
  2. Add enough water to a small saucepan until it is 1-2 inches deep.  Stir in the vinegar.
  3. Bring the water to a simmer.  Then use a spoon to swirl the water round and round until it forms a “whirlpool”.  (See video for a visual.)  Gently lower the egg into the swirling water, and watch as the water wraps the whites around the yolk.
  4. Simmer the egg for 3-4 minutes total, depending on how firm you’d like the egg whites.
  5. Remove egg with a slotted spoon, trimming off the uneven edges if you’d like (optional).
  6. Serve immediately, seasoned with a pinch of salt and pepper.