Perfect Poached Eggs on Toast


Servings: 2 servings

Preparation Time: 2 minutes

Cooking Time: 3 minutes


  • 2 large Japanese white eggs
  • pinch of sea salt
  • pinch of freshly grounded black pepper
  • 2 slices of nice toast
  • a little bit of unsalted butter
  • a little bit of chopped chives for serving


cracking an egg into a small sift.

I only use good quality fresh eggs for poached eggs. I prepare two eggs today because I am showing you two different ways to poach the eggs. Crack the egg and put it into a sift to get rid of the watery egg white. Watery egg white would float in the water or stick to the surface of your poached eggs to make your eggs not looking very nice.

One cracked egg in a tea cup, another cracked egg inside a sift.

After getting rid of the watery egg white, pour the egg carefully into tea cups or small bowls. This would help holding the shape better when you pour the eggs into hot water. Make sure you do this in advance, so you could manage the cooking time more precisely. Timing is important for poaching eggs.

Using a stick to stir the water in a pot to make a whirlpool

Boil some water in a pot. The water is about 5 inches deep. Turn off the heat, then use a tool to stir the water in one direction to make a whirlpool.

Pour an egg in the middle of the whirlpool

Put the egg right in the middle of the whirlpool. Do this close to the surface of the water.

The egg sinks at the bottom of the pot and form a oval shape

This way could keep the egg in a perfect shape, but you could only cook one egg every time.

Getting the poached egg out of the hot water and put it in a green plate

The egg would be perfectly poached after 3 minutes.

Use a finger poking the poached egg

Egg white should be firm and egg yolk should be wobbly.

Pouring an egg into a pot of hot water

Another way to poach eggs is quite similar. Boil a pot of water about 5 inches deep. Turn off the heat once the water is boiled. Don’t need to stir the water this time. Just pour the egg into the pot close to the surface of the water straight away.

The egg sinks to the bottom of the pot and form a round shape

This way you could cook maximum 3 eggs at the same time in a pot like this.

Cover the pot with a metal lid

Make sure you cover the lid if you cook more than one egg. It takes 3 minutes to 3 minutes 15 seconds depends on the number of eggs.

Getting a poached egg out of the pot and put it into a plate

Then take the egg out carefully.

Two nicely poached eggs on two green plates

The egg on the left is the first one and the egg on the right is the second one. The first one is in perfect shape, but the second one is quite nice too. I normally use the second method because it is quicker to get all the eggs ready for the whole family.

Drying two poached eggs on paper towel

Dry the eggs with paper towels carefully before using them for any dishes.

A slice of buttered toast in a white plate

I want to make a poached egg on toast today. First of all, butter a piece of nice toast.

A poached egg sits on a piece of toast. Putting some black pepper on the poached egg

Then put a poached egg on top. Add some sea salt and black pepper.

Sprinkle some chopped chives on the poached egg

Sprinkle some chopped chives at the end. Done! Simply delicious!

Egg yolk coming out from a poached egg on a piece of toast.

This poached egg is perfectly cooked. You can do the same if you follow my tips. Try this out!



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