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Basic Poached Eggs

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Quick Facts

Servings: 4
Prep Time: 10 min.
Cook Time: 5 min.
Total: 15 min.
For a light lunch or dinner, serve poached eggs atop steamed vegetables, such as tender asparagus. The soft yolk provides a built-in sauce.


  • 4 eggs, cold
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  • Heat 2–3 inches of water in large saucepan or deep skillet to boiling. Adjust heat to keep liquid simmering gently.
  • Break eggs, one at a time, into custard cup or saucer. Holding dish close to surface, slip egg into water.
  • Cook eggs until whites are completely set and yolks begin to thicken but are not hard, 3–5 minutes. Do not stir.
  • Lift eggs from water with slotted spoon. Drain in spoon or on paper towels. Trim any rough edges, if desired. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 65
  Calories from Fat 40 (62%)
(7%)Total Fat 4g
(7%)Saturated Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
(62%)Cholesterol 186mg
(3%)Sodium 62mg
(2%)Potassium 59mg
Total Carbohydrate 0g
(0%)Dietary Fiber 0g
Sugars 0g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
(11%)Protein 6g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Nutrition facts are calculated by a food expert using nutritional values provided by the USDA for common products used as recipe ingredients. Actual nutritional values may differ depending on the amounts or products used and can be affected by cooking methods.

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