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The Perfect Poached Egg

Sick of scrambled eggs – try poached!  I always assumed that poached eggs were for folks who had more culinary expertise and patience then little ol’ me.  Although I love to cook – I find more frustration then satisfaction when trying to make ANYTHING that is as lovely and delicate as a poached egg.  BUT – thanks to my dear friend Laura H., my mind has been forever changed about my prior notion of the impossible feat of producing the perfect poached egg.  I also must express my gratification to Laura H., who not only has taught me how to make the perfect poached egg but also adds love and light to my life and to the lives of my husband and children – thank you sweet Laura we love you!

Perfect Poached Egg

Bring a SMALL pot of water to a rapid boil and pour in a drop of apple cider vinegar.  Crack one egg, being careful to keep the yolk in tact, and slip the egg into the boiling water.  With a spatula, keep the water moving by gently sweeping the water above the egg.  After a minute or two use the spatula to lift the egg from the water to check to see if it’s done.  The perfect poached egg will have a cooked white and a bright yellow yolk.  Serve immediately!  My kiddos LOVE these eggs served in a bowl with a sprinkle of sea salt and some cracked black pepper.  My husband and I enjoyed poached eggs the other morning with fresh pork sausage patties and avocado slices…


Sarah Fragoso

Sarah Fragoso is an international best selling author of 6 books, co-owner of the Chico, CA based gym JS Strength and Conditioning, and founder of the Everyday Paleo franchise. Sarah is the co-host of the popular Sarah and Dr. Brooke Show podcast and she also conducts workshops and retreats on the subjects of nutrition, lifestyle and fitness.

Her message is from the heart and she carries a genuine desire to help other families looking for guidance. These attributes have contributed to her successes and provide the drive to keep the discoveries coming.

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  1. Tracey says:

    Hi Sarah!
    I just recently stumbled upon your blog and love it! I too have lost a significant amount of weight while doing Crossfit. I found my local Crossfit gym back in May 2009.
    I have been following the Zone with great results (a couple years), but now trying to incorporate a more Paleo recipes etc.
    Was there a particular book or website that helped you most? I find your meals so creative etc,mine are pretty bland and boring. Sure makes it hard to stick to. I sure would love some help.
    Look forward to hearing from you,
    BTW: I love Trader Joe’s too! I got the wild salmon today based on your recommendation tasty!!

  2. Where do you get your fresh pork sausage? It looks delish! 🙂

    1. Sarah says:

      My brother raised a couple of pigs last year so I was lucky to have had a hook up for some killer sausage and pork chops. I’m so glad my brother likes to share!! : )

  3. Beth B says:

    i butchered a poached egg attempt last week so this is a much needed post! looking forward to this for thursdays breakfast 🙂

  4. Richard says:

    The poached egg, sausage and avocado look yummy! Nice change from scrambled eggs or omelets.

  5. Michael says:

    Sarah, love your work
    here’s my 2c for poaching eggs:
    1. have the egg in a bowl, and just slip it off the bowl into the water.
    less ‘drop splash and break’ factor.
    2. more annoying, but saw it on tv
    line a small cup with clingwrap coated with oil, drop egg in, tie the ends together, and poach the bag; no worries about it breaking apart at all
    but since we are all about saving time… :p

    1. Sarah says:

      Love it!! Thanks Michael! : )

    2. Sarah says:

      Hey Michael!
      I made poached eggs yesterday and tried the egg in a bowl method and it was so easy, thank you again for the tip! : )

  6. Just found your blog and am reading through – great recipes! Glad I found you! I have always loved poached eggs, but never knew how to make them. I’m going to give this a try when I’m done with my hardcore Paleo Challenge (I have to hunt and forage my own food for three months, sigh).


    1. Sarah says:

      Hey Lucky! At first I thought you were joking about hunting and foraging for your own food for three months, but just checked out your site, and holy cow, your NOT kidding!! I’ll be happily following your site to see how it continues to go for you, WOW!! : ) Good Luck!

  7. Katie says:

    I did it! Thank you for your recipies and advice. I found your site about a week ago and am loving it!

  8. Sarah,
    Thank you! I made this breakfast today and it was Primal awesomeness!

    @primalfamily on twitter

    1. Sarah says:

      Hey Jenn – so cool to meet another Purdy, that’s my maiden name!! Glad you liked breakfast! : )

  9. Chico Ashley says:

    Thank you so much for posting this. I’ve been getting so bored with my usual scrambled or hard boiled eggs everyday and these were delicious! I’ve always been afraid to poach eggs but your post showed me how simple it is. Thanks again, your blog is such a wonderful paleo recipe resource!

  10. Your poached egg/meat/avocado dish has made it into my rotation. It is very delicious and easy to make. Thank you for this!

  11. Kaylee says:

    Hey Sarah! Just made the Walnut Red Pepper dip from your Super Bowl post– great with celery. I’m new to Paleo (by way of CrossFit) AND cooking for myself, so your site has been a wealth of knowledge– THANKS! For those of us who aren’t so lucky to have a pork sausage hook up, where would you suggest getting sausage? I do have a local TJ and Whole Foods…

    1. Sarah says:

      Hi Kaylee! LIke Ashley, I find good sausage at Safeway and from my awesome local butcher. : )

  12. @Kaylee you can find good pork sausage at most grocery stores! I buy mine at the local Safeway here. Completely organic and DELICIOUS. (definitely a favorite of my kiddos!)


  13. I saw on the food channel to get the water spinning in a clockwise whirlpool fashion then gently crack the egg into the water. also.. Paleo Mom your a cutie! (with all do respect) 🙂

    1. Sarah says:

      Thanks Dan! : )

  14. For the first time I successfully poached an egg today. 3 of them actually. And I have this post to thank for it. Thanks!

  15. I did it! I followed your directions and made my first ever poached eggs! WAHOO! Thanks – from one Sarah to another!

  16. lara says:

    Hi Sarah

    Love your site. Just wondering arent all sausages filled with grains like flour or rice flour?


    1. Sarah says:

      Not at all Lara! There are several sausage options that are from quality meat sources with minimal ingredients and no grains! I am currently loving all the sausages from US Wellness Meats and we also buy Applegate Farms sausage, and my local butcher makes sausage without any fillers such as grains, and Trader Joe’s also carries sausages with minimal ingredients. : )

  17. priya says:

    hi sarah … i love your blog … the recipes are really amazing and easy of course… time saving …..

    I wanted to know … if i can skip the yellow – yolk …. and about the pork can i use any other meat as i just like chicken .. and no other meat .?

  18. Jess says:

    Does the apple cider vinegar affect the taste of the eggs?

    1. Nope, not at all!

  19. Thanks for posting this recipe. I’m trying to switch all my cooking over to paleo and these eggs are such an easy breakfast. Even my 1 year old loves them!

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