Skillet Poached Eggs with Spinach

Skillet Poached Eggs with Spinach

Eating unprocessed doesn’t have to mean eating flavorless. These Skillet Poached Eggs with Spinach from my Good Cheap Eats cookbook are meatless, dairy-free, gluten-free, and yet packed with protein and piquancy.

I serve these eggs several times a week, adjusting the type of greens or other additions depending on what’s in the fridge. Sometimes I add mushrooms and bacon, sometimes onions and kale. Feel free to mix it up with whatever you have on hand.

Skillet Poached Eggs with Spinach
4.6 from 5 votes

Skillet Poached Eggs with Spinach


Recipe © 2014 by Jessica Fisher and used by permission of The Harvard Common Press.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Vegetarian
Keyword breakfast, eggs, spinach
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Yield 4 servings
Calories 240 kcal
Author Jessica Fisher


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 leeks halved lengthwise and thinly sliced crosswise into half-moons
  • 5 ounces baby spinach
  • 8 large eggs
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. In a large skillet with a lid, heat the oil over medium heat until shimmering. Add the leeks and sauté until tender, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the spinach. Stir gently and cook until slightly wilted.
  2. Spread out the spinach mixture to create 8 small wells. Crack an egg into each well. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  3. Cover and cook until the desired doneness is reached for the eggs, 5 to 8 minutes.

About the Author

Good Cheap Eats Dinner in 30 Minutes (or Less!)Jessica Fisher is the creator of two popular blogs, Life as Mom and Good Cheap Eats, which have established her as a go-to authority on cooking for a family cheaply, creatively, and nutritiously. She is the author of Good Cheap Eats: Everyday Dinners and Fantastic Feasts for $10 or LessNot Your Mother’s Make-Ahead and Freeze CookbookBest 100 Juices for Kids; and Good Cheap Eats Dinner in 30 Minutes (or Less!).

Jessica lives with her husband and six children in the San Diego area, and you can follow her on Facebook, InstagramTwitter, and Pinterest.

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June 8, 2015 8:52 am

4 stars
This was easy and tasty. A great way to use up veggies too. I was tired of random scrambled eggs and blah-blah so this was a very nice change!

June 11, 2015 6:38 am
Reply to  Bridget

So glad you enjoyed it. It’s one of my favorites, too.

October 30, 2014 9:02 am

5 stars
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