Italian Style Poached Egg Recipe

Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Italian style poached eggs are a little spice in life!

There aren't many foods I make that don't have garlic in the recipe or hot red pepper spice sprinkled on top.

These eggs just take them to another level.

Poached eggs are one of my favorites with these simple herbs and spices to give them a little kick!

We love eggs, mom made them so many favorites.

Frittata, deviled eggs, baked eggs souffle cups, zucchini and tomato tart, mushroom quiche and an Italian staple all year long for breakfast or dinner was her famous potato and egg meal.

These spicy eggs were reserved for Sunday nights or brunch!

Isn't it funny to have foods stuck in our minds that we grew up with, you may not have been fond of then crave them the rest of your life?

Now my kids all grown love poached eggs like mom use to make as I carried on her tradition.

Scroll down to my easy instructions on how to make poached eggs Italian style.

Poached Eggs are a Family Favorite Breakfast Anytime

These are just a delight to eat and make, easy and delicious!

I love poached eggs, probably could eat them every day and never get sick of them.

The toast has to be on Italian bread of course spices and a hint of garlic it really kicks them up another notch!

My son absolutely loved them this way and now an all-time favorite breakfast in our home.

To be really honest my favorite part of this whole breakfast is the Italian butter toast and the yolk soaking into the bread.

I love eggs poached. It seems to be the best comfort food anytime.

Great Sunday Late Meals

I can remember when I was a child around 8 or 9 years old, mom would occasionally make breakfast foods for dinner, especially on a Sunday night.

We use to eat a big Sunday dinner around 1:00 in the afternoon.

By around 6 or 7 pm we would want something light.

It would either be poached eggs or pancakes.

That was a big treat back then.

this is three eggs poached on top of toast


  1. Boil Water. Use a nonstick skillet and bring about 2 or 3 of water to a boil.
  2. Next, add a little vinegar.
  3. Prep the eggs, cracking them into a bowl first
  4. Pour the eggs into the boiling water mixture
  5. Cover the pan and simmer on gentile heat
  6. Remove with a slotted spoon


That is one tradition I rarely do these days but now that I am thinking about it, it's time to rekindle those old memories. I loved breakfast for dinner!

If you don't love spicy foods, you will have to adjust the seasoning to herbs salt and butter.

We love a little heat on our eggs.

The bit of red pepper flakes just gives it that extra kick.

You can leave them plain if you like. I like them seasoned with herbs, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, and granulated garlic.

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Italian Style Poached Egg Recipe

Italian Style Poached Egg Recipe

Yield: 3
prep time: 1 Mcook time: total time: 1 M
This is a basic style poached egg dressed up with Italian herbs and spices on toast. This can be breakfast, brunch or dinner and really delicious any time of the day!


  • Eggs as many as you need for your family
  • Sprinkled evenly on top:
  • Granulated garlic
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Boiling water
  • Vinegar (white)
  • Butter
  • Optional: dried oregano, basil, and chopped fresh parsley
  • Italian bread toasted (1 piece per egg buttered)


How to cook Italian Style Poached Egg Recipe

  1. Make Italian toast just before serving, butter both sides and set on the plate.
  2. In a large 15-inch fry pan (or using egg poaching cups) add water to fill 2 to 3 inches deep. 
  3. Bring to a boil, add 1 teaspoon white vinegar. 
  4. Crack the eggs you're going to be cooking and place in a bowl, so as not to break the yolks. 
  5. When the water is boiling, pour the eggs very slowly into the boiling water and cover.
  6.  Cook until the whites are solid around 1 minute and 10 seconds.
  7. Make the toast and set on the plate.
  8. Scoop out the eggs with a slotted spoon making all the water drain off. 
  9. Place on buttered Italian toast. 
  10. Sprinkle eggs with granulated garlic, salt, pepper to taste and red pepper flakes. Add the herbs on top of the eggs if using.
  11. NOTE:
  12. I have used egg cups that are stainless steel, even with butter in them sometimes they stick even if it's in butter! , so I do them the way mom did them. 
  13. Boiled in water and taken out with a slotted spoon.
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  1. We LOVE garlic too. Those poached eggs look perfect, Claudia.

  2. Definitely my kind of breakfast.

  3. This just makes me smile! I love poached eggs. Actually having them tomorrow night with Swiss Chard.

  4. Dear Claudia, I could go for those eggs right now!! Looks great with a good cup of coffee. xoxo Catherine

  5. I love hearing about your family traditions! This would make a yummy, light meal ANY time of day!


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