Poached Eggs with Cilantro Butter

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.

Serving size

1 serving

Makes

2 servings

Prep time: 5min
Cook time: 10min
Total: 15min

Ingredients

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

Nutrition Info

Makes: 2 servings  Serving size: 1 serving

Calories

254

Fat

22 g

Saturated Fat

8 g

Trans Fat

0 g

Cholesterol

418 mg

Carbohydrates

1 g

Sugar

1 g

Fiber

0 g

Protein

14 g

Sodium

155 mg

Calcium

62 mg

Phosphorus

218 mg

Potassium

167 mg

Instructions

  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.

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.