Poached Egg with Good King Henry Shoots

Poached Egg with Good King Henry Shoots

Good King Henry is a plant that grows in shady fertile areas. They are indigenous to Europe, but is also cultivated in North America. It has been used for culinary purposes for hundreds of years and is sometimes referred to as  “poor man’s asparagus”. For this recipe, we will be using good king henry shoots to go along with poached eggs.



4 eggs

4 cups good king henry shoots, coarsely chopped

1 shallot, minced

4 cherry tomatoes, chopped

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

1 teaspoon vinegar

salt to taste

pepper to taste



In a pan or skillet, heat the olive oil then place the shallots, cherry tomatoes and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper and cook for 1-2 minutes then set aside.

In a pot, bring water to a boil then add vinegar. Lower the heat to bring the water to a simmer. Add a teaspoon of vinegar then stir the water in a circular motion. Crack open the eggs one at a time, making sure not to break the yolks. Once the egg whites are cooked, your poached eggs are ready. Lay the king henry shoots on a plate and place the poached eggs on top. Drizzle with the sauce and serve.