Video- Eggs Poached & appreciating life details

It’s the little details in life that always fascinate us. We often just sit and witness the small life moments that happen both in and out of our kitchen. It’s those little things that are so inspiring to us to have endless hours of conversations. These thoughts and ideas drive us to become more creative and how to share the story filled with life detail up close.

Poaching eggs is a wonderful morning ritual we love sharing. Often times, the beautiful process of poaching eggs can often be overlooked. But for us, every step of this egg poaching process is full of inspiration. From the moment we patiently wait for the water to boil, to the mesmerizing swirl of the water bath, to the final pierce of the egg, all this is a gorgeous event happening before our eyes.

So, back in December we wanted to share the story of poaching an egg. We weren’t wanting to make a “how to” video per se, because there are so many great instructional videos out there.

Instead, we wanted to share an egg poaching story and the journey of an inspiring morning ritual.

For some, poaching an egg is a process to get a meal on the table. But for us, egg poaching is one of those life moments that we love. One of those regular rituals which fill in the details of our daily lives.  And we love every single little step along the way.

Hope you all take a moment to appreciate one of those life details in the kitchen.

And hope you enjoy our eggs poached story.

Have a great day to you all,

diane and todd

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Perfect Poached Eggs
Serve the eggs however you like, on toasted, buttered bread, English muffins, bagels, on a sliced croissant, on rice, etc… Same with the garnishes. Some of our favorites are sliced cherry tomatoes, prosciutto, maybe a little hot sauce or soy sauce, a sprinkling of cheese. 

Cracking the eggs into individual bowls beforehand will help you make sure all egg yolks are intact before cooking. 

Pay close attention to the timing when you cook the eggs. A 30 second span of time can quickly change the texture of the center. Egg cooking time will vary slightly depending on egg freshness, temperature, and size.

Course: Breakfast
  • Eggs
  • 1-2 teaspoons white vinegar , optional (will help set the eggs, but can flavor them and isn’t required to set)
  • fresh cracked black pepper , to taste
  • flaky salt , to taste
  • chopped Italian parsley cilantro, or dill , for garnish
  • cherry tomatoes , sliced for garnish
  • toasted bread , English Muffins, bagels, etc (optional)
  • prosciutto slices , optional garnish
  1. Heat water in a stock pot or in a deep skillet (if using a skillet, make sure the water is at least 1 1/2” deep). Optional - Add the white vinegar and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Meanwhile, crack the eggs into small individual bowls or ramekins.
  2. When ready to poach, stir the water in one direction until it's all smoothly spinning around (this method is great to help prevent the whites from spreading out but is tricky to do for larger batches of poached eggs - for larger batches we’ll crack the eggs in a fine mesh colander or slotted spoon to drain the loose whites, then place them in their bowl - when poaching we will not stir the water, but will just slide them into the simmering water from their bowls).
  3. Carefully slide the eggs, one at a time, into the center of the whirlpool (or placed spaced separately around the pan if doing a larger batch). Cook until the eggs are your desired firmness (Cooking Times: 2 minutes 30 seconds - Yolks runny, Whites just set | 3 minutes - Yolks runny, White firmly set | 4 minutes - Yolks edges beginning to set | 5-6 minutes - Yolks firmly set).
  4. Remove the eggs with a slotted spoon and serve immediately, topped with a little flaky salt (Murray River salt is our favorite), fresh cracked pepper, and any other garnish you prefer. 

    Alternatively for serving at a later time, slightly undercook the eggs and place the eggs to an ice bath and refrigerate up to 8 hours. Reheat in warm water for about 30 seconds to 1 minute just before serving.

{ 58 comments… read them below or add one }
  1. @followthuy

    @WhiteOnRice Finally checked out your site and found your eggs poached video. Well done, both egg + video!

  2. Leek

    What is the name of the music in the video?

    1. White on Rice Couple

      It is Kopeika et. We usually have the music credits on the vimeo page. Just click on the vimeo logo at the bottom of the video to find out more info.

  3. Kevin T. Keith

    Not to be a jerk, but the Latin phrase for “in itself” or “by itself” is not spelled “per say”. It’s “per se” (like the restaurant!).

    Thanks for these gorgeous and heartwarming videos. You really make the cooking – not just the food- beautiful and romantic.

    1. White on Rice Couple

      Thanks for the polite correction and for the “per se” mnemonic.
      Glad you have enjoyed the videos. It is a pleasure to create and share what we love with those who appreciate the same passions.

  4. Deb J

    I love the video, and I love that you do it together, it’s kind of romantic…

  5. Cate O'Malley

    The swirling method is new to me, but poached eggs for dinner tonight now. Awesome video.

  6. The Healthy Apple

    This looks amazing; I am seriously going to make poached eggs for breakfast tomorrow- they’re my favorite meal. I actually enjoy them for lunch atop a salad with avocado, too!
    As always, a truly beautiful post and recipe!
    So excited to see you at BlogHer Food.

  7. Madonna

    This is just beautiful. Food and photography is very inspiring.

  8. MikeVFMK

    simply beautiful. The art of poaching an egg and the fact you both do it all together. It’s inspiring.

  9. Lauren

    SO glad you posted this video! I fell in love with it at fbforl and was so bummed it wasn’t posted on your site. I told my husband all about it once I got home and then couldn’t find it!! So, we’ve watched this more than a few times. LOVE!

  10. jamie

    I have majored in nutrition and neglected the human aspect of putting meals together. Your video has inspired change. Thank you.

  11. Moanna

    just want you guys to know that you did an awesome job in making this video, it is so amazing!

  12. Steve-Anna

    Ooooh. This one made me get up from my desk and go make that for myself, and I’ve never even poached an egg before!

    While I savored the experience of poaching the egg, I must admit I inhaled the meal as it was perfect ; )

    What is that sexy pot you poached the eggs in? Such a beautiful shape. Thanks so much for creating and sharing this video with us. Sending love to both of you and Sierra~!

  13. Jamie | My Baking Addiction

    Seriously beautiful video – you guys never cease to amaze me.

  14. Susan in the Boonies

    That was BEAUTIFULLY DONE! Great job, y’all!
    When the yolk burst?

    (You really, really need to contact me about your music. You know my husband is a music producer, right?)

  15. A Suburban Kitchen via Facebook

    Wonderful video.

  16. a suburban kitchen

    Great video. The swirling is key!

  17. nicole @ I am a Honey Bee

    this is stunning. But I should not be surprised sinc eI love all of your photography, videos, recipes, and stories. Beautiful.

  18. Thyme (Sarah)

    I just cannot get enough of these videos. This is just terrific and you guys certainly have an artistic talent that shines through. I took my Canon 60D and tried 2 posted on my site. I was so nervous I wouldn’t be able to do it but I think food videos are just so beautiful. I did bread rolls and deviled eggs. It was so much fun and a great learning curve for me. Mine are a bit clunky as learning the editing skills is slow going but I’m hooked!!

  19. Kathy M

    Nice! I hope you both are well.

  20. Cathy/ShowFoodChef

    In your hands, poaching an egg just became an inspiring film-ette~ Loved it 😀

  21. Kristina

    Gorgeous, as usual. Oddly enough, I just learned the swirl method for poaching eggs from a chef I work with. Not sure how I’d never seen that before, but now it’s come up a couple of times. Must mean I need to poach more eggs!

  22. Julia

    Thank you so much for sharing! Such a beautiful video with such artistry!

    Thank you for the inspiration and beauty.

  23. chris

    I just love this – so appetizing! What a talented team you are!

  24. Heidi

    Loved this video! You guys are the best. Keep the recipes and great photography coming!

  25. Living Waters

    I often enjoy the lingering silence and stillness of the small moments that happen after.
    For example, after the keys have been thrown onto a table there is a deep but small silence, there is something similar to a lack of keys being thrown on the table. It’s that still, small silence that draws everything into it and I often find the most trivial moments to be the most inspiring. A quiet morning and a bird chirping out of my office window can sometimes be more thought-inducing than many a great sound.
    Your video was wonderful. The visual presentation was precise and full of taste and smell and gorgeousness.

    Thank you for sharing it with us.

  26. Angie

    Thank you so much for sharing this. I searched the far ends of your website/blog and the internet after you shared this at the BlissDom conference in February just for the chance to view it again. I was quite inspired by all of your work, but this was a favorite 🙂

  27. Michelle

    That is a fantastic video!!!! I LOVED it!

  28. Bunkycooks

    There is almost nothing better than a perfectly poached egg. Love the video. 🙂

  29. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking

    Great video for perfectly poached eggs! I love how you prepared them with the bread, meat and tomatoes too. Lovely!

  30. Shaina

    Love this. Gorgeous video. The end shot is my favorite as the creamy yolk breaks and runs. I think I need to poach an egg.

  31. TidyMom

    Oh this was just beautiful you guys!

  32. Kristen

    You all need to stop being so awesome 😉 Just kidding… love love love this video. You amaze me with your talent!

    1. White on Rice Couple

      Thanks Kristen! We just try not to suck. You are too sweet!

  33. White On Rice Couple via Facebook

    Rick Olinger It does help the eggs white set a little faster, but it isn’t going to make a huge difference. I notice it more if I just poach for 3 minutes, but for me, a 3 1/2 – 4 minute poach it matters less and less.

  34. Joanne @ Fifteen Spatulas

    I’m SO glad you shared this video!!! I was so inspired by it at FBFORL and wanted to show it to my husband but couldn’t find it. Now I can share it with him!

  35. Angie @ Big Bear's Wife

    I love poached eggs!

  36. Cristina

    So beautifully done. Speaks to so many senses…hungry now for poached eggs. Thanks for sharing and sad I missed the KitchenAid event.

  37. Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence

    This is a great video. I just love a good poached egg. Especially when paired with prosciutto (or bacon) and herbs!

    1. White on Rice Couple

      Love that you brought up the herbs. For us that is the final touch in which the eggs taste just seems naked without.

  38. Lori @ RecipeGirl

    beautiful. Now I would like some poached eggs!

  39. Magda

    What a beautiful video. When that egg breaks open, it’s magical!

  40. Julie @ Table for Two

    loved watching this again!! xo

  41. Yadsia @ShopCookMake

    I can’t poach an egg to save my life! Those look perfect.

  42. Cynthia A.


  43. Sarah

    That runny yolk made me swoon. I really should try poaching eggs at home soon!

  44. Rick Olinger via Facebook

    nice.. so I always wondered if the vinegar actually keeps the egg together.. I seems to me that I could never really tell the difference?

  45. Cookin' Canuck

    There really is something so ritualistic and satisfying about poaching an egg and then poking a fork in the middle to release the gorgeous yellow yolk. My youngest son often asks for poached eggs and now he joins me at the stovetop to crack the eggs just over the surface of the simmering water. We’ve now taught my dad to poach eggs so that grandfather and grandson can do it together.

  46. Alessio

    How poetic and didactic at the same time can you guys be??? No limit to awesomeness! 😀

    1. White on Rice Couple

      How ironic that your comment just schooled us! We had to look up “didactic”. Thanks so much.

  47. Joshua Quattlebaum via Facebook

    Jealous and Hungry!

  48. Jen Tilley via Facebook

    What a great video!

  49. Rachel Barbarotta via Facebook

    Been waiting for you to post this video! LOVE it, and LOVE you guys 🙂

  50. Bev Weidner

    Loooove this! And I love that you used vinegar and stirred the VORTEX. I might just love saying vortex. Okay I do.

    1. White on Rice Couple

      Love that you love “vortex”. It is a great word! 🙂

  51. Kate {Something Fabulous}

    I loved watching this video! It looks absolutely delicious – that yolk was perfect at the end! Yum, will have to try this some time.

    Kate {Something Fabulous}


  52. Averie @ Averie Cooks

    I loved the video at the KitchenAid luncheon (and that luncheon tops my best days in 2012, for sure. Thank you again!) and it’s great to see the video again.

    Hope you guys are doing well!

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