Poached Egg on a Sweet Potato Rosti with Avocado

Poaching an egg seems daunting, but it’s easier than you think! Yes, there are a few hacks around but you can follow these steps to make the best-poached eggs or check out the most important tips to poach an egg here. We paired these perfectly poached eggs with a crispy sweet potato and spring onion rosti paired with a creamy avo purée.




  • Breakfast
  • Summer
  • Vegetarian

Cooking Methods

  • Pan-Fry
  • Poaching



Prep Time

20 minutes

Cooking Time

20 minutes


For the Poached Eggs:

  • 4 fresh free-range eggs
  • 30 ml (2 Tbsp) vinegar

For the Sweet Potato and Spring Onion Rosti:

  • 1 large orange sweet potato, peeled
  • 2 spring onions, finely sliced
  • 1 clove of garlic, grated
  • 1-2 egg yolks
  • 80 ml (1/3 cup) fine breadcrumbs (optional)
  • 10 ml (2 tsp) smoked paprika
  • 30 ml (2 Tbsp) butter, melted
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste

For the Avocado Purée:

  • 1 avocado
  • ½ cm fresh ginger, peeled
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 60 ml (1/4 cup) Blended Seed and Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Pinch of chili flakes
  • Fresh coriander and parsley, to taste
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste


For the Poached Eggs:

  1. Heat a medium pot filled ¾ with water and vinegar and let simmer at 82°C - 88°C. Poach the eggs according to the instructions above.
  2. For the Sweet Potato and Spring Onion Rosti:

    1. Grate the sweet potato on the finer side of the grater, squeeze out any excess liquid from the sweet potatoes and place into a mixing bowl. Add the spring onion, garlic, egg yolk, breadcrumbs (if used) and smoked paprika; season to taste. Mix until well combined.
    2. Use a round cutter and place it in a pre-heated pan with a dash of olive oil. Brush the inside of the cutter with the melted butter and press some of the rosti mixture into the cutter to your desired thickness. Press the mixture tightly into the cutter with the back of a spoon to make sure the rosti will keep its shape. Drizzle a bit of the melted butter onto the rosti while cooking. Remove the cutter once the rosti keeps its shape and turn over to cook on the other side. Repeat this process until you have cooked all of the rosti mixture.
    3. For the Avocado Purée:

      1. Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth; season to taste.
      2. To Serve:

        1. Serve the poached eggs on the sweet potato and spring onion rostis with the avocado purée and a lemon wedge on the side. Garnish with micro leaves and black pepper.


How to perfectly poach an egg:

  • Make sure the egg you are poaching is fresh and at room temperature.
  • Your water needs to be at a simmering temperature of 82°C – 88° (You can bring the water to a boil and then reduce it to a simmer.)
  • Always add a form of acid like vinegar or lemon juice to your simmering water. This helps the egg to quickly form its shape.
  • Break the egg into a small bowl, cup, or ramekin to make it easier to add to the water once you are ready to poach.
  • Before you add the egg to your simmering water, give the water a slight stir with a spoon in one direction to form a gentle whirlpool.
  • Add the egg to the water very gently, NOT from high above the pot, rather by bringing the ramekin as close to the water as possible.
  • Allow the egg to poach gently:
    • 3-4 minutes for a liquid golden yolk
    • 6-8 minutes for a medium yolk
    • 8-10 minutes for a hard yolk.

(Remember, the water temperature and the temperature of the egg plays a role in the cooking time.)

How to perfectly poach eggs for a large number of people:

It is always tricky to poach eggs for a large number of people, to make sure they are all perfectly poached and still warm when served.

Use the same simple steps as you would for one egg, but use a larger pot and poach a few eggs together. This time only cook the eggs until they are firm enough to hold together when lifted out of the pot with a slotted spoon, about 2 minutes.

Remove the eggs from the water with a slotted spoon and gently place them aside on a tray or plate. Repeat this basic process until you have the number of eggs you would like to serve.

Prepare another large pot of simmering water, this time without any acid (vinegar or lemon juice) in the water. Make sure the water is at the correct simmering temperature and then gently place the eggs back in the pot. You will be able to add more eggs to the pot than when you started the poaching process because they already have their desired shape. Simmer for another minute or two or to your desired doneness (soft, medium, or hard).

This last step is just to get the eggs warm all at once and perfectly cooked for your breakfast service.