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Egg Recipes

How to poach an egg
  • 1 large British Lion egg
  • Water for boiling
  • Pinch of salt
  • Dash of vinegar
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How to poach an egg

Preparation Time: 
5 mins
Cooking Time: 
5 mins

Learn how to poach an egg following our easy steps. For more tips on poaching, watch our how-to video featuring top chef Paul Merrett. 

  1. Fill a large pan with 5cm of water. Add a pinch of salt and a dash of vinegar to help set the egg. Bring the water gently to the boil.
  2. Crack the egg onto a plate and then tip it into the water. Time as follows:
    • 3 minutes for a completely runny yolk
    • 4 minutes for a slightly set yolk with a
    • runny middle
    • 5 minutes for a firm yolk
  3. Remove the poached egg from the boiling water using a slotted spoon and place on kitchen paper to drain.

Tips and twists
Serve on a warm buttered muffin, toast or bagel. Add spinach and hollandaise sauce for Eggs Florentine, or ham or bacon and hollandaise to make Eggs Benedict.