Poached eggs are delicious and versatile, although they're preparation can be a bit daunting if you're not acquainted with the process. Fortunately, making the perfect poached egg is quick and easy when you follow these 8 simple steps:

Step 1: Boil Water

Fill a saucepan with about 3 inches of water. Set the burner on your stove to high, and bring the water to a boil.

Step 2: Add a Splash of Vinegar

Adding vinegar to the water helps to keep the egg together. A tablespoon will be plenty.

Step 3: Lower the Heat

Reduce the heat on your stove to medium-low. We want a slow, gentle boil.

Step 4: Crack an Egg into a Small Bowl

Cracking it directly into the water can be messy and cause the white to get away  from you. Instead crack your egg into a small bowl first. It is best to use one that is fresh and at room temperature.

Step 5: Place the Egg in the water

Dip the bowl into the water and gently slide the egg out. Gather it with a slotted spoon to help it keep a nice contained shape. The more contained the egg is at this stage, the better it will look when it comes out of the water.

Step 6: Wait 6 Minutes

Allow to boil for exactly 6 minutes. Reduce the cooking time by 15-30 seconds if you prefer a runnier yolk. Add 15-30 seconds for a more firm yolk.

Step 7: Remove and Serve

With your slotted spoon, fish the egg out of the boiling water and drain for a few seconds over the saucepan. For a simple breakfast, place the peached egg on a piece of buttered toast. Finish by sprinkling some salt and pepper over the top.

Step 8: Dig in

You've done it! Enjoy your delicious poached egg!

Poached eggs are not just for restaraunts. In fact, poaching is perhaps the simplest method of preparing an egg once you know how. So what are you waiting for? Go try it now!