Poaching eggs takes a little bit of practice – but once you've nailed it, you'll have access to a whole world of tastiness.
After all, what could be simpler (or more delicious) as a snack, starter or light supper than grilled fresh asparagus, dunked in creamy egg yolks? When you're after a fast, nutritious and satisfying breakfast, you can't beat poached eggs on toast. And what goes best with a stack of bubble and squeak? You guessed it! Poached eggs again.
We've rounded up our all-time favourite poached egg recipes, whatever your mood… But first off, here's a masterclass on how to poach to perfection, with our food editor Gregor:
How to poach the perfect egg
According to Gregor, the key things to keep in mind when poaching an egg are:
Use a fresh egg
Crack your egg into a cup, ramekin or saucer first
Create a whirlpool effect in a pan of simmering water
Add the egg gently
Remove the cooked egg carefully and drain before serving.
See the full instructions here.
Poached egg on avocado toast
Possibly one of the most Instagrammed breakfasts ever, there's a reason why this brunch dish is so popular – it's delicious! It's also easy to prepare, and looks rather impressive served up. Make sure to use ripe avos…
pea fritters with poached egg
Frankly, any kind of fritter would be delicious topped with a poached egg, but these patties – made with frozen peas, cheese, spring onions and herbs – are quick and easy to make, and seriously tasty. Try out this recipe for a simple supper or hearty lunch.
bubble and squeak topped with a poached egg
Those leftover spuds and cabbage (or sprouts) can be whipped up into the most delicious brunch, lunch or supper – bubble and squeak. Topped with a soft poached egg, this dish is hard to resist!
poached eggs on toast with asparagus parcels
Crispy ham, ciabatta toast, luscious asparagus and soft poached eggs – what's not to like about this impressive-looking brunch dish?
Leek risotto with poached egg
Give your simple risotto a decadent twist with a creamy poached egg… Using frozen broad beans, leeks, lemon and parsley, this dish is a real crowd-pleaser.
Chicken caesar salad with poached egg
The poached eggs in this chicken Caesar salad recipe add another layer of richness to the (already creamy) dressing. Top with plenty of Parmesan shavings and serve as a summery dinner or luxurious lunch.
Grilled asparagus with crispy chorizo and poached egg
Spicy chorizo works perfectly with poached eggs and asparagus. Throw in a squeeze of lemon and some crusty bread, and this dish ticks all the boxes as a light summer supper.
Got you in the mood for a poached egg? Thought so! Find everything you need to get cracking in your local store.