15 Poached Egg Recipes Just Right for Any Time of Day
From a classic eggs Benedict to healthy grain bowls, there are so many ways to serve poached eggs.
It might seem like one of the more intimidating techniques for cooking eggs, but poaching is easy once you get the hang of the technique. You have to create the perfect tornado of swirling water in order to poach the eggs properly, but even if you break your egg or don't get the whites to perfectly cover the yolks, the results will still be good to eat. Ahead, we're not only explaining our top tips for poaching eggs, but we're also sharing more than a dozen recipes that make use of this essential preparation.
We have a couple of recipes for eggs Benedict, starting with the Crab-and-Avocado Eggs Benedict that's pictured here. In this recipe, mashed avocado, lump jumbo crabmeat, and poached eggs are layered on top of English muffins and then are drizzled with a generous serving of homemade Hollandaise sauce. The seafood takes the place of the usual Canadian bacon, which makes it a lovely twist for summer when you want something lighter and a bit fresher. Of course, we have a recipe for the timeless version featuring a simple but satisfying combination of poached eggs and bacon, too.
You'll also find plenty of non-breakfast recipes that use poached eggs as a topping for salads, grain bowls, and side dishes. They add protein and all-around creaminess to vegetarian meals. Make them in the final few minutes of the cooking process and they'll add warmth to a salad or complement a bowl of legumes and roasted vegetables.
We've got breakfast, lunch, and dinner covered with these poached egg recipes—all that's left for you to do is master the technique and get cooking.
Easy Poached Eggs
Easy Eggs Benedict
Cilantro Rice Bowl with Poached Eggs and Greens
Spring Ragout with Asparagus and Poached Eggs
Warm Lentil Salad with Poached Eggs
Poached Eggs with Yogurt and Spicy Butter
Orzo Risotto with Wild Mushrooms
In this fragrant twist on the classic Italian risotto, this recipe calls for a combination of dried and fresh mixed mushrooms along with cooked fava beans, while orzo serves as the base for the dish. Before serving, top each umami-rich bowl with a poached egg.
Asparagus with Poached Egg
As an appetizer or side dish, asparagus and eggs are a classic combination. We've taken a simple approach with this recipe. Divide lightly boiled asparagus into four individual servings, place a single poached egg over each portion, and top with thinly shaved slices of Parmesan.
Creamed Spinach with Poached Eggs and Brioche Croutons
Sauteed Spinach with Poached Eggs
Escarole Salad with Roast Lemon Chicken, Lardons, and Poached Eggs
With the robust team of roasted chicken, bacon lardons, and poached eggs, this salad is hearty for sure. Its base is made up of chopped escarole and a peppery Dijon vinaigrette brings it all together.
Roasted-Vegetable Salad with Poached Eggs
Poached eggs lend so much creaminess to this salad that's made up of roasted potatoes, onions, carrots, and red or golden beets.