How to Poach an Egg

How to Poach an Egg

  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 poached egg 1x


  • 1 egg
  • 23 teaspoons apple cider vinegar or lemon juice (optional)


  1. Crack an egg into a bowl.
  2. Heat a saucepan with at least 3 inches of water.
  3. Add the vinegar or lemon juice into the water
  4. After the water boils, turn down the heat a bit so that it stops boiling.
  5. Use a spoon to start stirring the water in the saucepan to create a whirlpool (i.e., stir in a circle).
  6. Drop the egg into the water while the water is still spinning.
  7. Leave to cook on a medium heat so that the water isn’t boiling. For a soft but not-runny poached egg, cook in the water for 5 minutes. If you prefer a runny poached egg, then remove from the water after around 3 minutes.