Poached Scrambled Eggs Recipe | Breakfast Recipes | PBS Food

Poached Scrambled Eggs

a poached scrambled egg in a large gray bowl

Follow Chef Daniel Patterson's three-ingredient recipe to make a classic egg dish, ideal for breakfast, lunch, or dinner!



  • 4 large eggs
  • Fine sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper


  1. Crack each egg into a medium-mesh sieve (or narrow-slotted spoon), letting the thin white drain away. Transfer the remaining yolk and white to a small bowl. Beat the eggs vigorously with a fork for 30 seconds.
  2. Set a medium saucepan filled with 4 inches of water over moderate heat. Put a strainer in the sink. When the water is at a low boil, add a few large pinches of salt, then stir in a clockwise direction to create a whirlpool. Pour the eggs into the moving water, cover the pot and count to 20.
  3. Turn off the heat and uncover the pot. The eggs should be floating on the surface in ribbons. While holding back the eggs with a spoon, pour off most of the water over the strainer. Gently slide the eggs into the strainer and press them lightly to expel any excess liquid.
  4. Scoop the eggs into bowls and season. Garnish however you wish. Serves 2.
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