Turmeric Poached Egg Avocado Toast

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Turmeric Poached Egg Avocado Toast | A Couple Cooks

Can a recipe be too simple? We don’t think so. When Alex and I wrote our cookbook Pretty Simple Cooking, we started each chapter with a few ideas that are the simplest of the simple. Because, sometimes you just need a creative idea to mix up your everyday meals–and it doesn’t have to be rocket science! To us, simple cooking is not easy: it’s not dumbed down food. It’s beautiful, fresh, delicious, and colorful. And sometimes these ideas can be quick, which is the case with this turmeric poached egg avocado toast.

This recipe is part of our new Seriously Simple Series! Our Seriously Simple recipes:

  • Are creative ideas for what to eat in less than 15 minutes
  • Prove that you can do a lot with a little
  • Focus on quality ingredients and big flavors.

This recipe is a 15 minute meal that works for any time of day: a hearty breakfast, lunch, snack, or even a light vegetarian dinner. At the center is the star: a turmeric poached egg. What’s a turmeric poached egg? It’s an egg poached with turmeric stirred into the water, and what comes out is a beautiful bright yellow orb that looks infintely more exciting than a normal poached egg. Making a turmeric poached egg only takes a couple minutes, but it’s a lovely addition to anything: avocado toast, a grain bowl, or a big salad.

Turmeric Poached Egg Avocado Toast | A Couple Cooks

To go with our turmeric poached egg, Alex and I created this avocado toast. You start with a slice of crusty sourdough bread (ours was homemade by Alex!), top it with mashed avocado and the turmeric poached egg on top, then garnish with sliced radishes, black sesame seeds, and sea salt. You could use any toppings you’d like, so feel free to get creative!

If you’re serving this turmeric poached egg avocado toast as a vegetarian dinner, we’d leave an option for two pieces per person and make sure to include a few other sides: a simple green salad, hummus with veggies, and so forth. We typically eat these turmeric poached egg avocado toasts with a knife and fork. When we last ate it, we cut up pieces for our 1 year old son Larson, who loved it too!

Turmeric Poached Egg Avocado Toast | A Couple Cooks

This recipe is…

This turmeric poached egg avocado toast is vegetarian.

Turmeric Poached Egg Avocado Toast | A Couple Cooks

Turmeric Poached Egg Avocado Toast

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  • Author: Sonja
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 minutes
  • Total Time: 13 minutes
  • Yield: 4 toasts, or 2 large serving


Looking for a 15 minute meal? This turmeric poached egg avocado toast is beautiful and can be whipped up in no time. A handful of ingredients transform into a delicious vegetarian recipe!


  • ¼ cup distilled white vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons ground turmeric
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 thick slices sourdough bread
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 to 2 radishes
  • Black sesame seeds
  • Chunky sea salt


In a large saucepan, pour a few inches of water and bring it to a boil. Reduce to a gentle simmer and stir in the vinegar and turmeric.

Crack an egg into a small bowl, then gently slide the egg into water. Wait about 30 seconds, then add the next egg. Allow to simmer for about 3 minutes, until the whites are set but the yolks are runny. 

Line a plate with a paper towel. Remove the eggs from the pan using a slotted spoon, then allow them to drain while preparing the toast. (Throughout the process, take care with the turmeric water, as it can stain clothing.)

Cut the avocado in half and mash it with some salt using a fork. Spread it on the bread slices, then top with radishes, sesame seeds, and sea salt.

About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author and recipe developer of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the “best vegetarian cookbooks” by Epicurious, and a recipe developer and healthy & sustainable food advocate behind the award-nominated food blog A Couple Cooks.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is photographer and recipe developer of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the “best new cookbooks” by Bon Appetit, and a recipe developer, photographer, and technical expert at A Couple Cooks.


  • Reply
    Brittany Audra @ Audra's Appetite
    May 22, 2018 at 2:44 pm

    Simple meals are the best! And you can never go wrong with variations of avocado toast! Love that bright yellow color too :)

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    May 22, 2018 at 4:42 pm

    Yum! What a healthy breakfast!

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    Nutrition Stripped
    May 25, 2018 at 8:47 am

    Turmeric eggs 😍 NEED to make this over the weekend!

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