How to cook the perfect poached egg
If you like your eggs runny or hard then these 7 steps will help teach you how to cook the perfect poached eggs. This guide is perfect for anyone looking to impress someone or just wanting to perfect the art of poaching an egg.

These tips will help you prevent those disasters with poached eggs such as having them not cook right, explode, fall apart and many other things that may happen with poaching eggs. If you have these problems constantly then this guide will hopefully put those disasters to an end.

The tips we go through in this guide are also very handy if you’re just looking to learn how to poach an egg.

If you like to see how to poach an egg visually then the video below will take you through each of steps in just under a few minutes. If you don’t feel like watching the video there are instructions that will take you through all the same steps right below the video.

How to Cook Perfect Poached Eggs in 5 Dead Easy Steps

The following instructions will take you through all the steps to getting that perfect poached egg. If you find yourself stuck at any of the steps the video above is great way to work out what you’re suppose to be doing.


  1. Fill a deep pot with approximately 2 liters (1/2 a gallon) of water &  about 2 Tbsp of vinegar.
  2. Bring the water to a light simmer.
  3. Using a large spoon start a swirl.
  4. While the water is still swirling add your eggs. If it stops swirling use your spoon to begin the swirl again.
  5. Cook the eggs to your liking.
  6. 4-5 Minutes for runny eggs.
  7. 8-10 Minutes for hard eggs.
  8. Scoop the eggs out and allow to drain for a few seconds.
  9. Serve & Enjoy.

Extra tips for cooking poached eggs:

  • If you need to cook a lot of eggs use a bigger pot and increase the amount of water and vinegar.
  • Eggs on toast is a great easy meal and if they’re poached it is also pretty good for you.
  • Try and buy the best quality eggs that you are able to afford. The better quality egg the better the look and taste.
  • You are able to tell a fresh egg from an old egg by cracking onto a plate. If the egg white is really watery then the egg is old. Alternatively, you can put an egg still in the shell into a glass and if it floats the egg is bad.
  • Eggs are porous this means they will absorb odors of other foods or smells. It is important to keep them away from strong smelling foods such as fish.

If you prefer something faster and easier then be sure to check my scrambled eggs in a mug recipe. This is a great recipe that only takes a few minutes to quickly whip up. This is perfect for anyone wanting a cooked breakfast in a rush.

I hope this guide has helped you on how to cook perfect poached eggs. If you have any extra tips that I have missed or would just like to discuss poaching techniques than feel free to leave a comment below.