The Perfect Poached Egg Algorithm (Recipe)

Taught to me by Luca Sartoni many years ago, and it’s changed my life! It’s written in “pseudocode” and lacks exactness … but it works. —JM

The Perfect Poached Egg

  1. Crack a raw egg and keep it ready inside a ladle.
  2. Bring your water to a boil with salt to taste.
  3. Add just enough vinegar that you’re a little concerned it’s too vinegar-y.
  4. Gently place the egg into the boiling water — gently with your ladle.
  5. Lower the water’s heat so that it’s just a little below boiling temperature
  6. Set your timer for three minutes and let the egg cook cook cook.
  7. Carefully scoop the cooked egg and place into a strainer lined with a towel.

If you want to make more than one to eat, repeat this process. Or, to use them over the next few days, then just pop them into the refrigerator.