How to make the perfect poached egg

Ingredients

  • sea salt
  • 4 large free-range eggs
  • White wine vinegar

Makes 4


Method

  1. Get yourself a wide, casserole-type pan and fill it with boiling water from the kettle. Bring it to a light simmer over a medium heat, add a pinch of sea salt and some white wine vinegar.
  2. Crack one of your eggs into a cup and gently pour it into the water in one fluid movement. Repeat with the rest of the eggs. You’ll see them begin to cook immediately
  3. A really soft poached egg should take around 2 minutes and a soft to firm one will need 4 minutes (it depends on the size of the eggs) To check whether they’re done, remove one carefully from the pan with a slotted spoon and give it a gentle push with a teaspoon. If it feels too soft (use your instincts), put it back and give the eggs a minute or two more in the water to firm up. We recommend cooking for 3 minutes for the perfect poached egg
  4. When they’re ready, remove them to some kitchen paper to dry off and serve with buttered toast and a sprinkle of sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.