Poached Eggs- Step 1 of Eggs Benedict

Poached Eggs
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Photography by Sarka Babicka

For some time, I’ve been meaning to write a post on Eggs Benedict but I’ve been side tracked by the likes of  Tabbouleh, Pizza Arabia and Beetroot Ravioli.

Luckily, this morning I woke up and said NO! No to all the other recipes I have in mind to post! I completely and wildly surrendered and made poached eggs as part of my first step in showing you how to make Eggs Benedict!

Poached egg recipes will vary, some will call for vinegar. This one doesn’t because I find it alters the taste and the texture. Stirring the water before introducing the egg works just the same. It keeps the egg whites together but most importantly doesn’t alter the taste or texture.

Here’s a step by step process:

Fill a pot with 2-3 inches of water and place on medium flame

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Crack an egg into a ramekin. This makes it easier to slide the egg into water, eliminating


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You want to bring the water to NEAR-BOILING-POINT. It’s important the water does not boil

at all during the process… The water should look like the picture below.

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Now, stir the water in a circular motion to create a whirlpool.  Watch what happens:

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Slide the egg in…

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The egg white begins to wrap around the egg yolk…

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Now it will cook for 3-4 minutes without spreading…

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Some egg poaching techniques call for a splash of vinegar to help keep the egg white’s tight.

I don’t find a need for it. Creating a whirlwind in the water has been more than sufficient.

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Remove it with a slotted spoon and let it rest on a paper towel for 30 seconds or so…


Sprinkle with salt & pepper


Eat and be merry…

And don’t forget to come back soon for the Hollandaise sauce!

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10 Responses to “Poached Eggs- Step 1 of Eggs Benedict”
  1. irene gasa-serra 5 May 2009 at 12:58 pm #

    hurry up, it is my favourite when I am in the States

  2. Jamie 5 May 2009 at 3:39 pm #

    This is truly amazing! And to tell you the truth, I have been afraid to make poached eggs and have wanted to for a long time. This is so helpful and really very interesting!

  3. Missy 6 May 2009 at 1:45 pm #

    Wow, so easy! I will have to try this…

  4. eli 7 May 2009 at 11:31 am #

    thats an intresting and healthy way to make egss 🙂

  5. kim 12 May 2009 at 12:25 am #

    Wow, that does sounds easy. Too bad I don’t eat egg, but will definitely make it for mom!

  6. rude cherub 19 May 2009 at 8:03 am #

    just add vinegar to the water, a good splash – enough to change the colour.
    Wait until the water is boiling.
    add the egg and the white will not spread and your poached eggs will be perfect.

  7. Renai 10 February 2010 at 12:12 am #

    I had been so afraid of poaching eggs, up until Sunday morning. I woke up, told my boyfriend to stay out of the kitchen, and made two perfectly poached eggs in a matter of minutes. Who knew! I did use the vinegar method, so I’ll have to try the swirling water method next time. So delicious!

  8. Chandler 27 February 2010 at 12:31 am #

    I kept messing up my poached eggs…. Then I looked online and found your site. Thank you!

  9. Jess 31 May 2010 at 7:33 pm #

    I tried it this morning without the vinegar. They turned out great! So surprised how easy it was!!


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