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From Dock to Dish: Poaching Perfection for Your Eggs Benedict

From Dock to Dish: Poaching Perfection for Your Eggs Benedict

From Dock to Dish: Poaching Perfection for Your Eggs Benedict

Welcome to From Dock to Dish, your lake house kitchen companion! Here, we’ll ditch the fancy chef jargon and focus on creating delicious, fuss-free dishes using fresh, local ingredients you can easily find. Whether you’re a seasoned cook or just setting sail on your culinary journey, From Dock to Dish will equip you with the basics to whip up impressive meals that will have your friends and family raving.

Today’s lesson: the art of poaching an egg! Poached eggs, with their soft, runny yolks and delicate whites, are a restaurant favorite, but they’re surprisingly easy to make at home. So, ditch the takeout menus and impress your brunch guests with this easy technique.

Poaching Pointers:

First things first, you’ll need some fresh eggs – farm-fresh from a local vendor are perfect if you can find them! Crack an egg into a small bowl and take a peek. You want a nice, bright orange yolk and a clear white with no blood streaks. If it looks good, move on!

Next, grab a medium saucepan and fill it with about 2 inches of water. Add a splash of vinegar – white vinegar is a good choice, but apple cider vinegar works too. The vinegar helps the egg white hold its shape. Put a pinch of salt in the water for extra flavor.

Now, here’s the key: bring the water to a simmer, not a boil. A simmer is when tiny bubbles are just starting to form at the bottom of the pan. If the water is bubbling furiously, turn down the heat!

Once the water is simmering gently, create a little vortex. Stir the water with a spoon in a circular motion until a small whirlpool forms in the center. This will help the egg white wrap around the yolk as it cooks.

Gently slide your egg from the bowl right into the center of the vortex. Set a timer for 3-4 minutes, depending on how runny you like your yolk. For a really runny yolk, aim for 3 minutes. For a firmer yolk, go for 4 minutes.

While your egg is poaching, grab a slotted spoon and dip it in cold water. This will help you easily remove the cooked egg from the hot water without breaking it. When the timer goes off, use the cold spoon to gently scoop out the egg and place it on a paper towel to drain any excess water.

Local Lake Feast:
Fish Benedict

Now, let’s put your poaching skills to the test with a delicious twist on Eggs Benedict – Fish Benedict! This recipe uses fresh, flaky fish from your local market, making it the perfect dock-to-dish creation.


  • 2 English muffins, toasted
  • 2 slices of smoked salmon (or other smoked fish of your choice)
  • 2 poached eggs (using the method in the article)
  • 1/2 cup hollandaise sauce (store-bought works great!)
  • Fresh dill, for garnish
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Place the toasted English muffins on plates.
  2. Top each muffin with a slice of smoked fish.
  3. Gently place your poached egg on top of the fish.
  4. Spoon hollandaise sauce generously over the eggs.
  5. Garnish with fresh dill and a sprinkle of salt and pepper.

There you have it! A delicious and impressive brunch dish made with simple techniques and fresh, local ingredients. So, the next time you’re back from the dock, grab some eggs and give poaching a try! You won’t be disappointed.

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