This easy rice bowl comes together quickly with fluffy, cilantro-flecked white rice, assertive watercress and radish, and a self-saucing poached egg on top for a simple, straightforward lunch or dinner. Allow some time if you want to make your own hot pepper vinegar; the fiery condiment should be made the day before. Sprinkle it on top of your bowl along with a warming sea salt spice blend.  

Martha Stewart Living, June 2020


Credit: Chris Simpson

Recipe Summary

30 mins
8 hrs 35 mins


Pepper Vinegar:
Rice Bowl:


Instructions Checklist
  • For the Pepper Vinegar: Combine vinegar, kosher salt, sugar, garlic, and peppers in a glass jar. Cover and refrigerate overnight, or up to 1 month.

  • For the Rice Bowl: In a saucepan, bring rice, oil, 1 1/2 cups water, and 1 teaspoon kosher salt to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer, cover, and cook until rice is tender and fluffy, 15 to 17 minutes. Remove from heat; let stand, covered, 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork and stir in cilantro and lime juice. Spoon into serving bowls.

  • Crack eggs into a bowl. Fill a medium straight-sided skillet with 2 inches water. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to medium. When water is barely simmering, tilt pan slightly to create a wave and add eggs all at once. After 30 seconds, gently release eggs from bottom of pan with a rubber spatula.

  • Cook until whites are set and yolks are still soft, about 3 minutes. Remove each egg with a slotted spoon and blot on a folded paper towel. Add an egg to each rice bowl; top with watercress, radishes, and scallion. Drizzle with pepper vinegar and season egg with sea salt; serve.

Cook's Notes

The Canouan blend from Grenadine Salt gives warmth to poached eggs; however you can substitute any plain flaky sea salt instead.