Perfectly Poached Eggs At Home (with video)

Step-by-step, Perfectly Poached Eggs At Home is an easy restaurant tip that needs only a pot of boiling water and a splash of vinegar.

Perfectly poached eggs at home.
Perfectly Poached Eggs At Home

Perfectly Poached Eggs At Home

When asked, ‘if there was only one ingredient you couldn’t live without in your kitchen, what would it be’?

EGGS. My answer would always be, Eggs! There’s a gazillion ways to prepare eggs, which you can see by the category options on my blog.

I have dedicated one category section just for eggs because I will always add to it. 

Our Passion With Eggs!
Our Passion With Eggs!

While chicken eggs are what I cook with most often, I have created recipes solely around a variety of eggs just to show them off. 

Turkey eggs were the most fun to obtain, photograph and create a dish around.

The monster ostrich egg was the other!

Come springtime, I imagine we all think about eggs for a variety of reasons but mostly because they represent ‘Life’ and in the spring, life is bursting all around us. 

turkey, chicken and quail eggs
Turkey Chicken and Qual Eggs

Egg Recipes To Add To Your Collection

Cloud Eggs are egg whites whipped to a cloud and baked with the yolks in the center, a whimsical swap for any egg presentation.

Cloud Eggs
Cloud Egg

Shakshuka, a one-skillet dish of gently poached eggs in a spicy mixture of Moroccan spices, tomatoes, sweet or hot peppers, and fresh herbs.

This is one of the favored dishes I prepared for The Great American Recipe on PBS program, Season 1.


Perfectly Poached Eggs Over Potato Latkes, a holiday or weekend brunch indulgence of the perfectly poached egg, you will master right here, over a homemade potato latke and a sliver of smoked salmon.

Perfectly poached eggs over latkes
Poached Eggs Over Potato Latkes

Egg Muffin Cups, I like to call these Man Muffins because they are not your tea luncheon muffin!

A brilliant protein and power meal or snack in and of itself, loaded with meat, fish or dried fruits.

Can’t think of a more nourishing lunch to pack the kids when they go off to school!

Egg Muffin Cups
Egg Muffin Cups

There are so many more you will find right here at Whisk and Dine, Stuffed Pumpkin Blossoms with Eggs, Beet and Avocado Egg Salad, Cheesy Egg Souffle

You had better stop me now because like I said, I LOVE EGGS!

Restaurant Style Poached Eggs

Ever wonder how a restaurant kitchen, with so much going on, can perfectly poach lots of eggs at one time?

There’s some sort of magic that happens, a magic commands attention, when that ‘showstopper yolk’ trickles down the ingredients of… whatever!

My son Omar Daumit, is a professional chef.

I don’t know why it took me so long to ask him to teach me how to ‘professionally’ poach an egg. Then one day, I did. 

Once Omar showed me how it’s done in a restaurant kitchen, I put away all the pans and gadgets I once used and only poach eggs this way now. So easy. So fast. So Professional!

Professionally poached eggs at home.
Professionally Poached Eggs At Home

The secret ingredient?


Just a little drizzle of vinegar in the boiling water helps to make the egg whites coagulate quickly and remain intact with the yolk, forming a cloud of whites around the yolk. 

How To Perfectly Poach An Egg At Home

It’s so easy, I had to laugh at all the money I’ve spent over the years to buy pans and gadgets that make poached eggs; usually only a few at a time. 

Let’s go through these easy steps, one photo (rather than a video), so you can visualize what I will explain without having to stop and start a video. 

Ingredients Needed

  • Eggs
  • White Vinegar
  • Water
Ingredients and Equipment needed to poach eggs.
Ingredients and Equipment Needed

Equipment Needed

  • Wide Shallow Pan – at least 3-inches deep
  • Slotted Metal spoon
  • Small cups – ramekin, saucer or any cups that hold 1/4 cup
  • Parchment paper
  • Plate
  • Stovetop or burner

Egg Poaching Preparation

  • Fill the pan with at least 3-inches deep of water, place the top on and bring to a boil. 
  • Open each egg carefully into individual small cups. Having the eggs ready, makes it easier to add to the boiling water and not lose timing. 
  • Set out a piece of parchment paper on a plate so the poached egg can be transferred to sit there until ready to serve. 
Pot of boiling water.
Pot of Boiling Water

Poaching The Eggs

The actual poaching goes fast so have everything ready!

  • Remove the lid and pour the vinegar in. Replace the lid for a second to insure the water continues to boil. 
Add vinegar
Add Vinegar
  • Remove the lid again and give the water a whirl with the slotted spoon. While the water is moving in a circle, gently pour the eggs in one at a time, gently turning the water with the spoon. (I pop the lid back on for a moment to insure the temperature doesn’t drop below boiling, then remove it again once I am sure it is still gently boiling). 
Add eggs one at a time.
Egg In Cup To Be Added
Egg in boiling water to poach.
Egg In Boiling Water To Poach
  • Set the timer to 3-minutes. (If you are making several and plan to reheat the eggs, then only boil the eggs for 2.5 minutes).
Set a timer.
Set A Timer
  • With the slotted spoon, remove the eggs with their little bundle of cloud whites and set them gently down on the parchment paper lined plate, until you are ready to serve them.
Remove with a slotted spoon.
Remove With Slotted Spoon
  • If you are making many and want to reheat each egg when ready to serve, simply place the 2.5 minute cooked egg back into the boiling water for half a minute more, remove and serve. 
Poaching several eggs.
Poaching Several Eggs
Perfectly Poached Eggs At Home

Perfectly Poached Eggs At Home

How to poach an egg, restaurant style, at home with a pot of water, a slotted spoon and the magic ingredient nearly every kitchen has!
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Course: Eggs
Cuisine: Professional Cooking Tip
Keyword: Perfectly Poached Eggs
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 13 minutes
Servings: 2 servings


  • Saucepan
  • Slotted spoon


  • 4 Fresh Eggs
  • 1 tbsp White vinegar
  • Water 4-inches deep in the pan


  • Bring water to a boil with a lid on. Place each egg in an individual small cup.
  • Add the vinegar to the water once it boils and insure it continues to boil, using the lid to cover when needed to insure the temperature remains boiling.
  • With a slotted spoon, swirl the water around like a little tornado. While the water is swirling, gently place each egg in, giving a gentle swirl to the water, gently scooping the whites of each egg close to its yolk.
  • Cook 3 minutes, no more. *See notes. Remove with the slotted spoon and set on a plate until ready to serve.



  • If you are not planning to serve immediately, cook the egg for only 2.5 minutes, and remove. When you are ready to serve, place the eggs gently back into the boiling water for just 30-seconds to warm the egg, remove and serve. 
Perfectly Poached Eggs At Home
Perfectly Poached Eggs At Home
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