How to poach an egg

Learn how to make the perfect poached egg with our easy video. Discover how long to cook for and how to drain before serving your eggs with toast or salad.

Points to remember

  • Make sure your eggs are really fresh.
  • Add a small dash of vinegar to a pan of steadily simmering water.
  • Crack eggs individually into a ramekin or cup.
  • Create a gentle whirlpool in the water to help the egg white wrap around the yolk.
  • Slowly tip the egg into the water, white first. Leave to cook for three minutes.
  • Remove with a slotted spoon, cutting off any wispy edges using the edge of the spoon.
  • Drain onto kitchen paper – nobody wants eggy poaching water making their toast soggy or wilting their salad.