How to poach eggs perfectly Poaching eggs can be tricky. But with the right method (and super-fresh eggs), you can get it right every time. Here’s how to poach eggs perfectly, courtesy of Thomas Keller. CLICK HERE FOR MORE EGG TIPS AND TRICKS CLICK HERE FOR OUR EGG RECIPE GUIDE Method Break each egg into a small bowl containing a little vinegar. Allow the eggs to stand for 5 minutes (this tightens the white to stop it from spreading).Bring a shallow saucepan of water to a simmer and slip the egg in with the vinegar (in a whirlpool if you wish). Simmer for exactly 2 minutes. Poach eggs one by one for best results.Remove using a slotted spoon and keep warm, or reheat by slipping back into hot water just before serving.