Avocado Toast with a Poached Egg

Avocado Toast with a Poached Egg

Ryan Leary

Adventure days require a power breakfast, fueling me up for whatever's coming. I used to rely on the secret power of the oats: 1 packet Apples and Cinnamon or Peaches and Cream. 1 part plain Quaker oats. Quick and easy, energy that lasts.

In nearly the same amount of time and while I'm drinking that first cup of coffee I can whip together something far superior that can power me through the day. A little more effort, worth every bite, and your adventure buddies will be jealous.

Friend: Did you have time for breakfast before we started hiking?
Me: Ya, just a little avocado toast with a poached egg.
Friend: Damn...I had a Clif bar.


It's almost so simple it feels ridiculous writing this.

The critical stuff:

  • Nice bread. This is the key. Weak bread brings the whole thing down. I'm wildly obsessed with Truckee Sourdough Company
  • An egg
  • Half an avocado
  • Vinegar
  • Salt

Fancy it up:

  • Avocado Oil
  • Paprika, I prefer smoked. (Also required for that beautiful red/orange accent color, which I think improves the taste too)


More detail here than you could have predicted...

  1. Boil some water in a pot. Add a some vinegar. A tablespoon or two helps hold the egg together.
  2. Crack your egg into a small ramekin or bowl. Let it hang out.
  3. While the water is heating up, cut up half an avocado. Slice it up if you want, mash it into a paste, both work great.
  4. Toss your bread in the toaster. I like to do this just as the water is starting to boil.
  5. When water is rolling, grab a spatula and make a vortex.
  6. Quickly and gently, drop your egg into the water. That vortex helps the whites cling together.  You may need to turn the burner down a bit so it keeps around a simmer to boil but doesn't go crazy.
  7. Timer for 3 minutes. This gets you that nice oozy yolk. If you don't like oozy yolks, just don't make this. It's all about the ooze.
  8. My toast is usually done right about now. I lay out the avocado.
  9. DING DING DING. Timer done. Use a slotted spoon or something like that to pull your egg out. Nest it into a paper towel to dry off.
  10. If you are really getting fancy, trim some of the whites so you get a gorgeous oblong egg. I don't do this on adventure days. I do for instagram.
  11. Egg on top. Drizzle with that oil for lasting power. Salt it to taste, more salt more power.
  12. Sprinkle some paprika for looks and taste. Maybe a dash of pepper.
  13. Don't forget to video that first cut into your egg where it just oozes and dribbles out. So satisfying.