How to Poach an Egg

Recipe by Lace ZhangDifficulty: Easy


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Honestly, I've always been intimidated by the idea of poaching eggs and only successfully poached my first egg back in 2020, during the circuit breaker. Once everything reopened, I just stopped poaching eggs. Too many things to do, too many things to cook. Variety is the spice of life! Recently, I've been trying to incorporate more eggs into my diet - they’re supposedly a near-perfect source of nutrient-rich protein for our bodies. If you’re more a visual person, head to my Instagram to watch the reels for this. This method below is foolproof!


  • Eggs

  • 2 teaspoons Vinegar

  • Water


  • Bring a saucepan of water to a boil, then reduce the heat down to a mere simmer.
  • While that happens, crack your egg into a saucer or tiny bowl. Yes, that’s the most finicky part of this recipe, you have to have intact, whole eggs cracked into a separate bowl.
  • Add in your vinegar and give it a stir.
  • Using a metal spoon, stir it vigorously around the saucepan, creating a whirlpool inside. This is what causes your egg whites to “wrap” around the yolks.
  • Gently, tip your egg into the saucepan and set the timer for 3 minutes.
  • Once 3 minutes is up, use a spoon to remove the fragile parcel of egg out of the pan. The whites should be set and the yolks still runny. Set it down to drain on some paper towels. Yup, that’s it!
  • Serve with a sprinkle of sea salt, or if you wanna go a little fancier, whip up some hollandaise, perch a couple slices of smoked salmon around, and grill up some bread…


  • Any vinegar works here as long as it’s light in colour. E.g. white, rice, apple, just don’t go for a balsamic or black vinegar.
  • The fresher the eggs, the less wispy, stray whites there will be dangling from your poached eggs.
  • You can rectify that though by straining your egg (before cooking) through a fine mesh strainer. I don’t always have the dexterity to do so… 
  • Alternatively, snip off the stray whites post-mortem. 

About Me


When not working on recipes in her kitchen, cranking up her overused commercial (yes, you read that right) oven at home, Lace can be found reading about food, writing impassioned paragraphs about food, thinking about food till the wee hours of the night, shopping for groceries as a serious sport, or gazing longingly at bakery displays.




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