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How to Poach an Egg

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  • Author: Krista
  • Prep Time: 1 minute
  • Cook Time: 4 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Stove
  • Cuisine: American


Learn how to make flawless Poached Eggs on the stovetop with this easy tutorial! We’re talking runny, gooey yolks that ooze out when you pop into the soft white exteriors. So delicious!


  • 1 large egg
  • 13 cups of water (you’ll be filling your saucepan 1/4 of the way full, the amount may vary based on the size of your pan)
  • 1 teaspoon plain vinegar


  1. Fill a large shallow saucepan 1/4 of the way full with water. Bring to an almost boil, add 1 teaspoon of vinegar to theĀ  water.
  2. With a spoon, swirl the water two or three times so it looks like a whirlpool.
  3. Next, crack one egg into a small dish. Bring the small dish very close to the almost boiling water and gently slide the egg into the swirling water. The swirl will help the egg whites stick together.
  4. Immediately turn the heat off and cover for 4 minutes.
  5. Gently remove poached egg from the pan with a slotted spoon and serve.