How to poach an egg

read more

Poached eggs: a quick guide

Perfect poached eggs are easier than you’d think – and the secret’s in the stirring. So forget flat, floaty whites and cause a stir with lovely rounded little parcels, whipped up the way restaurants do them. Yum!

Poached Eggs

When it comes to poached eggs, it’s all about the whirlpool.

Top Tip:

To help your poached egg set a bit more quickly, add a little splash of vinegar to your hot water.

Fancy a perfectly poached egg? Let’s go...

  1. Heat a deep saucepan of water on the hob until it’s just less than simmering. You’re looking for tiny bubbles and a bit of steam.
  2. Crack your free-range egg into a small bowl or ramekin.
  3. Dip a fork into your pan of hot water and whisk it round in small circles to create a whirlpool.
  4. Gently pour your egg into the water in the direction of the whirlpool. It should roll into a ball but if it needs a bit of extra help, just keep stirring with your fork to pull the last strands in.
  5. Ready with that timer? If you like your poached eggs with a runny yolk, wait 3 to 4 minutes. If you prefer them a bit more solid, wait 5 to 6 minutes.
  6. Carefully lift out your poached egg with a slotted spoon and pop it into a bowl of cold water for a moment to stop it cooking any more.
  7. Lift it out, serve it up and enjoy!
Eggs and your health

A whole new twist on poached eggs

There's something super comforting about perfectly poached eggs on buttery toast, fluffy English muffins, hot crumpets or even potato waffles. But if you want to raise your game a bit, how about finding your poached egg a more adventurous place to land?

We've got lots of great recipes using eggs right here on our site, including mouthwatering ideas like guacamole poached eggs, tortilla pizza florentine and lovely fresh asparagus and poached egg salad.

Fancy your eggs a different way?

How to boil an egg

Deliciously dippy, super quick boiled eggs .Soldiers, dive in.

Come breakfast, lunch or teatime, the humble boiled egg is a super satisfying meal all by itself – but a troop of toasty soldiers is always a welcome addition. As with many eggy things, cooking a boiled egg is all about the timing, so try our quick tips to get yours just perfect.

How to fry an egg

With bangers, bacon and beans, fried eggs are flipping lovely, any time of day.

They might be a breakfast classic, but good old-fashioned fried eggs are just as dippable at dinner time. Serve them up with chips, a big juicy steak or a spot of smashed avocado, but whatever you do, take a quick peek at our cooking guide to get yours spot on.

How to make scrambled eggs

It’s all about the stirring with scrambled eggs. Don’t stop till they’re perfect.

Light, fluffy and always lovely, scrambled eggs are the perfect comfort food, whether you’re serving them on toast, waffles or with the rest of the breakfast club. They’ll be ready before you know it, so cook them at the last minute and use our quick scrambled eggs guide to get them just right.

How to make an omelette

Fancy an omelette? You just can’t do it without breaking eggs.

Whether you keep it simple with a handful of grated cheese or get creative with your favourite ingredients, think of your omelette a bit like a blank canvas – the kind you can eat, rather than hang on the wall. For a quick guide to omelette basics, take a look at our cooking tips.