How to Poach Eggs

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My easy tutorial on how to poach the perfect eggs in just five minutes. This is a foolproof method that works like a charm!

Why You’ll Love Poached Eggs

It’s no secret that poached eggs can be tricky. This easy and effortless method makes sure that your eggs come out perfectly cooked each and every time.

How to Poach Eggs Tips

  1. How firm or runny you like the egg will depend on how long you leave it in the simmering water for. If the yolk feels firm to the touch, it’s definitely well done⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
  2. Straining for about a minute in a fine mesh sieve allows the runny whites to pass through, leaving only the firmer part of the white behind which in return makes a perfectly shaped poached egg⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
  3. You do not need to add vinegar to the water but I always do. And no, the eggs will not taste like vinegar by any means⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
  4. Set the poached egg on a paper towel before you serve to remove excess moisture before serving⠀
  5. You can definitely add two eggs at a time using this method but be sure to gently place them in and make sure the water is simmering, not boiling

Nonna’s Tip 🥚

Straining the raw eggs for about a minute in a fine mesh sieve allows the runny whites to pass through, leaving only the firmer part of the white behind which in return makes a perfectly shaped poached egg

How To Poach Eggs

Best Served With

  1. Try my Ramen Noodle Soup with a perfectly poached egg on top.
  2. For a low-carb lunch option, you could also use poached eggs to make my Egg Sandwiches.
  3. Want to impress your guests? Make these cute and easy Deviled Eggs.
  4. Additionally, you can add poached eggs on top of any of my Salads.

Other Hacks and Recipes

Do I have to crack the egg through a fine mesh sieve?

No you don’t, but keep in mind that you won’t be left with the perfect shape.


No, the eggs will definitely not taste like vinegar but you can absolutely leave it out if you want to.

What does the vinegar do to the water?

The vinegar helps the egg hold it’s shape better but you don’t need to use it if you don’t have any on hand.

How can i tell if my eggs are done?

I like to gently pull the egg out of the water and touch it with one finger to see how soft or well done the yolk is, so if it feels too soft, put it back into the pot.

How To Poach Eggs

How to Poach Eggs

How to poach the perfect egg every single time in just five minutes.
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American, French, Mediterranean
Servings: 1 serving
Author: The Modern Nonna
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cooking: 5 minutes


  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar


  • Over a bowl crack the egg through a fine mesh sieve. This will allow the loose egg whites to separate. You can save the loose egg whites for another recipe.
  • In a pot on the stove add water and let it come to a simmer.
  • Add the vinegar and as it simmers give it a little swirl with a spoon or anything you have on hand.
  • Gently add the egg and set the timer for five minutes.
  • Remove it with a slotted spoon and set it onto a plate with paper towel. Increase the time accordingly if you like a firm egg and not a runny yolk.
  • Enjoy on toast, salads, English muffins or any other way.


Additional Info

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American, French, Mediterranean
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  1. Hello!
    Thank you for the recipe!
    I was wondering, how high should the heat be when you add the egg in the water please? (Medium/do you turn it off?)