Poached Eggs

Recipe by Joe Jones,easy Prep: 5 minutes,Cooking: 3 minutes,Serves: 1

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  • 1 medium free-range egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vinegar or lemon juice
  • Pinch of salt


  • Medium saucepan
  • Slotted spoon
  • Small bowl
  • Wooden spoon



  1. Put the kettle on with enough water to half fill a medium-sized saucepan.
  2. Add the water to the pan with a pinch of salt and bring back to the boil.
  3. Once the water is boiling, add the vinegar or lemon juice.
  4. Break the egg into a cup.
  5. Stir the water vigorously, creating a whirlpool effect.
  6. Carefully slide the egg into the centre of the whirl.
  7. Turn down the heat until the water is only just gently bubbling away.
  8. Poach the egg for around 3 minutes until its just set.
  9. Using a slotted spoon, lift out and into a bowl lined with a piece of kitchen paper to soak up any excess water.
  10. Serve immediately however you like.


  • Energy

    351kj 84kcal 4.2%
  • Fat

    6.2g 9%
  • Saturates

    1.8g 9%
  • Sugars

    0.0g 0%
  • Salt

    1.2g 20%

Source of Protein

Eggs are a great source of protein, with one medium-sized egg providing on average 7.1 grams.

Vitamins and Minerals

Eggs are a good source of vitamins such as A, D, B12, B6 and B2 as well as minerals selenium and iodine.

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