Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 4 mins

Poached eggs can be intimidating, but with this easy method you are guaranteed perfect poached eggs every time, whether you like the yolks soft and runny or firm.


  1. Fill a 10" high sided frying pan with water until near the top.
  2. Add salt and vinegar to the water and bring it to a boil.
  3. Meanwhile, place the eggs in separate small bowls (coffee mugs work too!).
  4. Once the water boils, remove it from the heat and add both eggs at the same time on opposite sides of the pan.
  5. Cover the pan with a lid and let sit for 3-1/2 minutes for a soft yolk or 4-1/2 minutes for a firmer yolk. Lift from pan with slotted spoon and serve.


Most Helpful

This technique works really well and the eggs turned out great. The salt and vinegar in the recipe is about raising the boiling point of the water and not flavor so it's OK to use even if you don't like the taste of either. Eggs cook best at room temperature so if they have been in the refrigerator it's worth cracking them when starting to boil the water to give them a little time to warm up. I cooked for 4 minutes and enjoyed over toast with a little cracked black pepper, thanks for posting!

Peter J April 06, 2007

I love this method of poaching eggs. Used it for the first time today to make eggs bennie. I brought the water to a full boil then removed from heat and added eggs. Cooked for 3 1/2 min. and had runny eggs that were a little firm on the outside next time I will cook for 3 min. and I am sure it will give me the perfect runny yoke I am looking for. Will use this method all the time. Thanks for sharing

robvi May 23, 2010

Yeah!! I had this for breakfast. Perfect! I only used one egg and much less salt, but the egg had a perfect shape and was done just the way I like it. I let mine sit for 3 minutes and 45 seconds. Not a big mess.. no boiling over or foaming up. I like this recipe better than the microwave recipe for poached eggs. (I put a slice of bacon in the microwave while the egg was cooking) :-) Thanks Grooved Pavement for an easy recipe.

luvmybge January 31, 2007

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