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How to Cook a Perfect Poached Egg in 4 minutes and 10 seconds

George Bryant (Civilized Caveman)
3.5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 2 mins
Cook Time 4 mins
Total Time 6 mins
Servings 1



  • Bring a pot of water to a boil.
  • Use a pin to make a small hole in the eggshell. This will release any air that's in the egg, which could otherwise cause it to crack. (the hole is small, nothing will leak)
  • Place the whole egg (still in the shell) in the boiling water for exactly 10 seconds.
  • Remove the egg from the water, and lower the heat to bring the water to a simmer (Boiling the egg helps it to retain its shape once it's cracked and poured into simmering water later.)
  • Once the egg is cool enough to handle (5 seconds), poach the egg as you normally would, by cracking the egg into gently simmering water.
  • Poach the egg for 3:30 to 4 minutes depending on how you like your egg. We cook ours to 3 minutes and 30 seconds for runny yolks
  • Remove your egg from the water with a slotted spoon and place on a paper towel
  • Serve on gluten free toast, salad or just eat it as is