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Sriracha Poached Egg and Spinach

sriracha poached egg spinachFor the longest time I wasn’t a huge fan of all things hot and mighty. All that changed when Buffalo Wild Wings graced the streets of Stillwater, OK around 2006. Prior to that about as warm as I went was medium salsa. Since then I have tested my levels of heat. Over the years I have learned that just because a sauce is super hot doesn’t mean it’s good. If it is going to have heat, it needs to have flavor, too. Unfortunately that is really hard to come by.  We have about 20 varieties of hot sauce in the house. The most used is Frank’s Red Hot. 

Until recently.

On a whim I decided to put some Tuong Ot Sriracha (Huy Fong Foods) on my meal. It was warm, but there was this wonderful aroma and flavor. I’ve been testing this stuff on a lot of things. Some good, some bad. One of the things that turned out really well for me was this low carb poached egg and spinach with sriracha. The idea sort of came from the SkinnyTaste Cookbook that I have been obsessed with; drooling over each and every photo. I decided to poke around her website and that’s when I came across Baked Eggs with Wilted Baby Spinach. I didn’t have all the ingredients, nor was I thrilled about the idea of having an egg that didn’t get flipped over and cooked.


I actually forgot about it for a while. The other day I realized I had a bag of spinach that was close to getting a little too wilted for my salads. When this happens I pop the spinach in the freezer to use for my smoothies. I did that, but I left out a few handfuls and put them in a frying pan with the intention of making it mixed with eggs. Then, I had a light bulb moment.  I pulled out a small sauce pan and boiled some water. I thought it would be a good idea to poach the egg and put it on the bed of spinach giving me a similar feel to the baked version.

sriracha poached egg spinach

I added a bit of Parmesan cheese to the spinach, topped it with the poached egg, added the sriracha and paired the dish with some red and green bell peppers.

It’s an amazingly simple and delicious breakfast. Healthy, too!

Sriracha Poached Egg and Spinach

Chrystal Mahan YUMeating.com
4.88 from 24 votes


  • 2 cups raw spinach
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 TBSP Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp sriracha
  • 1/2 green bell pepper sliced (optional)
  • 1/2 red bell pepper sliced (optional)
  • salt
  • pepper


  • In a non stick skillet add the spinach with a dash of salt and pepper.
  • Cook on low heat.
  • While the spinach is cooking bring 1 cup water to a boil in a small sauce pan.
  • Stir the spinach so it does not burn. It doesn't take long to cook. You'll know it's done when the size is reduced and the leaves are shriveled.
  • Set on a plate.
  • Add Parmesan cheese.
  • When you water boils carefully crack the egg and drop the insides into the boiling water.
  • Immediately turn the heat down.
  • It only takes about a minute to fully cook the eggs.
  • Using a slotted spoon, scoop out the egg.
  • Place the egg on top of the spinach.
  • Add the sriracha.
  • Pair with bell peppers or other vegetables.


Are you a hot flavor fan? What is your favorite?

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  1. 5 stars
    I have always had a love affair with the hot and spicy but since gaining an ulcer I have to cut most of that stuff out for the greater good. I would have never thought to put this together though very creative.

  2. 5 stars
    Sharing your post with my hubby – his favorite eggs are poached. He has our three grandchildren ordering poached eggs when we go out to eat. They all love them.

  3. Would you please move to Boston and cook for me. I will pay you to make me this awesome stuff you’re always cooking.

  4. I can do spicy and hot but that stuff is too spicy for me. I am more of a mild person myself now a days. Maybe mixed with the egg I would like it though. Never hurts to try something.

  5. I only like the lower levels of hot. Sometimes I’ll splurge for medium salsa but usually go for mild. I’ve never added hot sauce to my foods before – I always worry it will be too hot for me.

  6. This looks like a very healthy recipe and it looks delicious as well! I’ve been trying to find some different and healthy recipes. Looks like I found a great one. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Sriracha gives such a great flavor to almost anything you use it on. I’ve made sriracha-covered breakfast foods in the past, but this sounds delicious. Definitely something I need to try.

  8. 5 stars
    This sounds so good! And when you said you put the Parmesan cheese on the spinach I was like OH YEAH! Siracha has become more and more of a regular in my food. Glad to have a new recipe to put it on.

  9. I feel like everyone is obsessed with siracha, but I’ve never tried it! I guess I’ll just have to make this and try it out won’t I! 🙂

  10. That dish looks really interesting and yummy. My hubby loves anything hot. I will have to get him some of that sauce if we can find it.

  11. Ahhhhhhhh hubby & I are both addicted to sriracha!!! I make him breakfast every other Sunday so I will have to try this out!

  12. 3 stars
    I’ve never thought to freeze wilting spinach for smoothies, so thanks for that tip. This recipe also sounds pretty darn delicious. I have never poached an egg before though. Maybe I should try it sometime.

  13. 5 stars
    This sounds and looks good. I have never had a dish like this before but I would love to try it. My whole family loves spinach and peppers so I will have to surprise them one morning with this for sure. Thanks for sharing.

  14. I keep trying to talk the family into letting me get sriracha sauce for us to try, but I’m the only one that likes hot food so it’s been an uphill battle. Maybe I will sneak it into something a little at a time and build up their tolerance.

  15. It looks great and sounds really GOOD !!
    I love hot and spicy food, but my husband is soooooo sensitive. Believe me – one bite and he’d faint

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