Healthy living

Poached egg with asparagus and yoghurt chive dressing

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes

Serves: 2


  • 1/3 cup low-fat natural yoghurt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon chopped chives
  • 2 bunches asparagus, ends trimmed
  • 2 teaspoons white vinegar, extra
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 wholegrain English muffin, split
  • 1/2 small avocado
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Chopped chives, extra, to serve


1. To make dressing, combine yoghurt, lemon juice, vinegar and chives in a small bowl. Divide between 2 small bowls.

2. Fill a large, deep frypan with water and bring to the boil. Add asparagus and simmer over medium heat for 2 minutes or until bright green and tender. Refresh in tap water, drain and set aside.

3. Bring frypan back to the boil and add extra vinegar. Break an egg into a cup or saucer. Keep water just simmering, then stir in one direction to create a whirlpool. Tip egg into the centre of the pan. Cook without stirring for 2–3 minutes for a soft yolk or 3–4 minutes for a firm-set yolk. Remove the cooked egg with a slotted spoon and drain on a plate lined with paper towels; cover to keep warm. Repeat with remaining egg.

4. Toast English muffin and spread each half with avocado. Place on a plate with asparagus and dressing. Top muffin with poached egg, season with black pepper and sprinkle with extra chives. Serve immediately.


You may like to try the following variations.

Microwave asparagus in a covered dish with 1 tablespoon water on high (100%) for 2 minutes until just tender. Alternatively, spray with olive or canola oil spray and barbeque for 1–2 minutes turning frequently until slightly charred.

To poach eggs using a microwave, half fill a coffee mug (or similar) with tap water and a very small splash of white vinegar. Crack egg into the mug, without breaking the yolk. Place the mug in the microwave for 1 minute on high. If you start to hear crackling/popping noises, stop the microwave and check the egg to see if it’s cooked. For a thoroughly cooked egg, place in microwave for a further 30 seconds. Discard hot water and serve.

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