Quick Poached Egg & Garlic Spinach Bagel

Quick Poached Egg & Garlic Spinach Bagel, a healthy & delicious brunch! Fab Food 4 All

Having had a very long lie in on Saturday (along with my daughter) I knew that a healthy brunch was definitely called for! Spying 2 bags of baby leaf spinach that needed using up I had an idea loosely based on something my mum used to serve which was spinach in a white sauce with a poached egg on toast. As a kid I loathed this dish but I’d love it now! However I didn’t have the patience to make a white sauce as it was getting late by now and I needed something quick so I decided to wilt the spinach down with some garlic and oil and give it a quick frying towards the end.

My daughter who usually avoids steamed spinach was tucking into her Quick Poached Egg & Garlic Spinach Bagel like there was no tomorrow and the compliments were flying from my son and hubby too. It really was a lush and healthy brunch, which we enjoyed so much so that we had it again the following day for lunch but this time using a bag of shredded spinach (which takes a little longer to cook) and as I didn’t have any more bagels I used toast.

What’s your favourite healthy brunch? Do let me know in the comments below!

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Quick Poached Egg & Garlic Spinach Bagel
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Quick Poached Egg & Garlic Spinach Bagel is the perfect healthy and delicious brunch!
Recipe type: Brunch
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4
  • 4 Bagels, toasted & buttered
  • 4 Eggs
  • Splash of white distilled vinegar
  • 2 tbsp Rapeseed oil
  • 4 large Garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 x 240g bags Baby leaf spinach or 1 x 400g Spinach (shredded)
  • Freshly ground salt & pepper
  1. Heat the oil in a wok and gently fry the crushed garlic for a minute without colouring.
  2. Add the spinach and seasoning, tossing in the garlic oil.
  3. Put a lid on the pan to allow the leaves to wilt, removing a couple of times to toss the leaves (particularly if using spinach not baby leaf spinach).
  4. Meanwhile poach your eggs by filling a small frying pan with boiling water from the kettle and a splash of vinegar.
  5. Crack you eggs one at a time into a ramekin.
  6. Gently lower the ramekin into the boiling water tipping out the egg, and as you lift the ramekin back out sweep it up and back over the egg to keep it a nice shape.
  7. Time for 3 minutes for a yolk with a runny middle (or to your preference).
  8. Once the spinach has wilted (takes a few minutes) turn up the heat and fry for a couple of minutes (the baby leaves tend to release a lot of water so just squeeze on the edge of the pan before serving).
  9. The eggs once ready should be placed with a slotted spoon onto a plate lined with a couple of sheets of kitchen towel to absorb the water.
  10. Divide the spinach into 4 and use a slotted spoon to serve onto the bagels, followed by the egg and bagel lid. Enjoy!

I’m entering this dish into:

Club Sandwich which is run by Cakeyboi and The Crafty Larder
No Waste Food Challenge run by Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary & hosted by Veggie Desserts – this spinach had been in the fridge for a week so needed using up!
Simply Eggcellent run by Belleau Kitchen
Meat Free Mondays run by Tinned Tomatoes
CreditCrunchMunch which I run with Fuss Free Flavours because the spinach cost me 4p and the bagels just 1p!

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  1. Sharon Jackson

    Love this, so quick & easy when your in a rush, it looks beautiful & delicious 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Sharon:-)

  2. Sharon

    This sounds like an excellent alternative to a plain old flat egg in a bun to me, yummy 🙂

  3. Lisa Williams

    Delicous 🙂 I have a feeling this is going to be a new brunch/lunch staple for me – thank you !

    1. Camilla

      Thanks, it’s become ours:-)

  4. Karen Gray

    I’m a bit fussy about what I like to eat for breakfast and this sounds delicious. This will be going on the menu.

    1. Camilla


  5. Kaci Soderstrom

    Never thought to put a bagel with a poached egg before, but I love this combo! I even love the spinach. Mmm might have to try this one.

    1. Camilla

      Great Kaci, glad to have inspired:-)

  6. Christina @ Christina's Cucina

    This looks wonderful, Camilla! My family LOVES spinach! Sharing on my FB page in a couple of hours! 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Aaw thank you Christina that’s so kind:-)


    I love this recipe its so easy & quick to make!

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Ellen, I try to keep all my recipes simple and quick:-)

  8. April J Harris

    What a lovely, healthy breakfast! My family will love this!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks April, I’m sure they will:-)

  9. Lindsey Stuart

    This sounds lovely, I must try to make it
    Garlic is one of my favourite flavours
    thankyou for sharing with us

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Lindsey, hope you get to try it, so good!:-)

  10. Stuart Vettese

    Thank you so much for joining in with Club Sandwich Camilla. An inspired combination of flavours in the bagel.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Stuart, it was lush and will be a regular here from now on:=)

  11. Leila Benhamida

    Light and very filling, full of flavours.


    Lovely, fresh, filling NOT stodgy. Brill!!!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Jane:-)

  13. Martina Evans

    This would be brilliant for a weekend brunch – I love eggs and bagels. Thank you for another great recipe!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Martina, it’s going to be a regular here now;-)

  14. Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche

    LOVE poached eggs, I need to make them more often! This looks like such a lovely way to serve them, bagels are one of my favourite kinds of bread.

    1. Camilla

      I’ve only recently got into bagels as they often have them for 1p at the end of the day so this is going to be a regular from now on:-)

  15. Kate @ Veggie Desserts

    Spinach and eggs are such a wonderful match. This sounds lovely and thanks for entering the No Waste Food Challenge!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Kate:-)

  16. Kavey

    A classic combo, looks like the perfect weekend brunch!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Kavey, this is going to be a regular here now:-)

  17. Whitni @ A Cookie & A Kiss

    I love poached eggs! So yummy. This bagel seriously looks amazing!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Whitni, it was delicious:-)

  18. Sarah

    Omg spinach in garlic oil – I would take that over a white wine sauce any day! Normally I would toast bagels and spread with almond butter and sliced banana or just with a fried egg, but this sounds super tasty for brunch.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Sarah, we don’t have bagels very often but this was a fab way to have them:-)

  19. Urvashi

    I do love bagels but my favourite quick brunch would be a masala omelette!

    1. Camilla

      I’ve never had a masala ooelette but I’m sure my boys would love that!

  20. Janie

    I saw this pic on IG this morning and it made my tummy growl! Look divine 🙂
    Janie x

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Janie, it was it’s popularity on Instagram the other day which made me think I should post it so hence just one shot as was taken with my phone LOL!

  21. Dom

    this is literally like one of my most favourite things to eat… so delightful and a perfect Saturday brunch. Thanks so much for linking to Simply Eggcellent x

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Dom, yes you can’t beat spinach and eggs:-)

  22. Heather Haigh

    This would be perfect for breakfast or brunch.

    1. Camilla

      It certainly would be Heather:-)

  23. Paul Wilson

    Looks great.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Paul:-)

  24. Patty Haxton Anderson

    What can I say about this? The egg is poached beautifully and I would love this at breakfast!

    1. Camilla

      Thank you so much Patty:-)

  25. peter @feedyoursoultoo

    Simple but tasty offering.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Peter:-)

  26. Lindy

    I love eggs and I love bagels- perfect meal!

    1. Camilla

      Excellent Lindy, glad you like it:-)

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