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Poached Eggs with Cilantro Butter

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Prep time: 5min
Cook time: 10min

Poached eggs are easy to make with this technique—creating a wonderful breakfast with their creamy yolk and tender whites. Topped with a fragrant herb butter, these eggs go great over a piece of toast, or even on their own.


2 servings

Serving size

1 serving


2 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 tablespoon parsley, chopped

1 tablespoon cilantro, chopped

A dash of vinegar

4 large eggs

Black pepper, freshly grounded, to taste


  1. In a small pan over low heat, melt the butter. Add the parsley and cilantro, and cook for about 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat, and pour into a small dish.
  2. In a small saucepan, bring about 3 inches of water to a simmer. Add the dash of vinegar.
  3. Crack 1 egg into a cup or ramekin. Using a spoon, create a whirlpool in the simmering water, and then pour the egg into the water. Use the spoon to draw the white together until just starting to set. Repeat with the remaining eggs. Cook for 4 to 7 minutes, depending on how set you like your yolk.
  4. With a slotted spoon, remove the eggs.
  5. Serve the eggs topped with 1 tablespoon of the herbed butter and some pepper.

Cooking Tip

A light-tasting olive oil can be used in place of butter in this recipe. Loaded with heart-healthy monounsaturated fat, olive oil has a unique flavor that works well to tie together many elements of a meal.

The vinegar lowers the cooking temperature of the egg, enabling it to solidify sooner.

Recipe contributed by Susan Zogheib, MHS, RD, LDN

Nutrition Info

Nutrition Info

Makes: 2 servings  Serving size: 1 serving




22 g

Saturated Fat

8 g

Trans Fat

0 g


418 mg


1 g


1 g


0 g


14 g


155 mg


62 mg


218 mg


167 mg