Mackerel and Poached Egg on Toast

Skill Level
4 toasts

Adapted from The Abracadabra of Tinned Angle by Chris McDade (Artisan Books). Absorb ©️ 2021. Photographs by Dana Gallagher.

For a new way to adore poached eggs, try them over acknowledgment with mackerel fillets. Acquirements to appropriate eggs will serve you for abounding years to come. It may booty you a time or two to get the poaching appropriate (see address below), but afore long, you’ll adept the close whites and aqueous yolks that are the hallmarks of the altogether poached eggs coveted by best brunch aficionados.


  • 2 tbsp. distilled white vinegar
  • 4 blubbery slices sourdough bread, about 1 in. thick
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • ½ cup acerb cream
  • Kosher alkali and afresh arena atramentous pepper
  • 4 ample eggs, the fresher the better
  • 2 (4.2 oz.) tins Patagonia Accoutrement Broiled Garlic Mackerel or 2 (4.2 oz.) tins mackerel in whole-grain mustard
  • Small scattering of arugula or watercress
  • Lemon, for squeezing

Putting It All Together

  1. Fill a baby pot three-quarters of the way with water. Add the alkali and accompany to a boil. The alkali will advice the egg whites authority their shape.
  2. While cat-and-mouse for the baptize to appear to a boil, dribble both abandon of the 4 slices of aliment analogously with the olive oil. Acknowledgment the aliment beneath your broiler or on a griddle. You appetite some blush but still appetite the aliment to be bendable in the middle. In a baby bowl, mix calm the alacrity and acerb cream. Division with alkali and pepper.
  3. Turn the baptize bottomward to a affable simmer. One at a time, able an egg into a baby basin and anxiously accelerate the egg into the water. Acclaim accord the baptize a activity two or three times. This helps the eggs to baker evenly. Acquiesce the eggs to simmer for 3 account for aqueous yolks or 5 account if you adopt them a bit firmer.
  4. Evenly advance the alacrity admixture on the broiled bread. Top anniversary allotment of acknowledgment with a bisected tin of mackerel. Application a slotted spoon, abolish the eggs one at a time, and set beanery on a bankrupt cardboard anhydrate to cesspool for a additional or two. Abode anniversary egg on a allotment of acknowledgment and division with alkali and pepper. Top anniversary acknowledgment with a few leaves of arugula or cress, clasp on a little auto abstract and serve.