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How To Make Poached Eggs

  • Author: Vanessa | Maple + Mango
  • Prep Time: 2 min
  • Cook Time: 3 min
  • Total Time: 5 min
  • Yield: 1 egg 1x
  • Category: Breakfast, Eggs
  • Method: Poach
  • Cuisine: American


Learn how to poach an egg perfectly with the tips in this How-To recipe.


  • 1 egg
  • For serving: Himalayan or sea salt and freshly ground pepper


  1. Fill a large pot with at least 3-4 inches of water and bring to a bare simmer.
  2. Crack the egg into a fine mesh sieve that is set over a bowl to allow the watery parts of the egg white to pass through (this prevents the wispy pieces when you cook).
  3. Transfer the egg into a ramekin.  If making additional eggs, repeat this process using a separate ramekin for each egg.
  4. Gently position the ramekin over the pot of barely simmering water and pour the egg in.  
  5. Cook for 3 minutes for cooked whites and a runny yolk.  Note: if there is any floating egg foam while cooking, just skim it off with a slotted spoon.
  6. Remove poached egg with a slotted spoon to a plate lined with paper towel.  
  7. Sprinkle over some salt and pepper and enjoy!


  • For tips and make-ahead instructions, read through the post.
  • Here is an example of a fine mesh sieve – important to prevent the white wispy bits unless you are using super fresh eggs.

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