Houston, we have a problem.

It’s really no big deal.

Not a cause for concern.

{Deep breaths.}

It’s just…

…my boyfriend’s taste buds may have been invaded by aliens.  (And by “may have”…I mean “really. this is happening”.)


You see, how do I say this….the boy doesn’t like runny egg yolks.

At first, I thought he was just having some kind of feverish delusional hallucination when he told me so I kind of shrugged it off.  But then, one night at a restaurant he ordered a bacon cheeseburger with a fried egg on top…

…and couldn’t finish it.  Because the yolk “grossed him out” (direct quote).

That’s when I knew.

Because, really…what isn’t made better with a fried egg on top?  The only thing I can think of right now is cream cheese frosting, and that’s pretty much just because it’s sort of sublime all on its own.


Soooooo yeah. Not really sure what to do with this recent development.

I suppose I could either report it to the FBI (or MIB, after the FBI try to have me committed for being a crazy person)…or just learn to live with his extraterrestrial tongue. (And yes, I realize that sounds way too dirty for a Wednesday morning.  Then again…it is hump day… :P)

On the bright side, in terms of these poached eggs in curried tomato sauce – more for me?

Yes, please.

Poached Eggs in Curried Tomato Sauce
Serves 4, adapted from Cooking Light


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped onion
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp minced peeled fresh ginger
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, minced
  • 2 tsp curry powder
  • 3/8 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • dash of sugar
  • 1 (28 oz) can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/2 cup light coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 4 large eggs
  • 4 whole wheat English muffins or easy skillet flatbreads


  1. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion, garlic, ginger and jalapeno pepper. Saute for 5 minutes, or until veggies are tender, stirring occasionally. Add the curry powder, salt, black pepper, and sugar. Cook for two minutes, stirring constantly.
  2. Drain the tomatoes in a colander over a bowl and reserve the liquid. Add the tomatoes to the pan and cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the coconut milk and chopped cilantro. Return to a boil. Cover, reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. If the sauce is too thick then add some of the drained tomato liquid.
  3. Break each egg into a custard cup. Pour it gently into the pan over the sauce. Cover and cook for 5 minutes, just until the whites are set and the yolks have filmed over but are still runny. Arrange one English muffin, cut side up, on each of 4 plates. Carefully scoop one egg and about 1/4 of the sauce onto each serving.


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84 Responses to Poached Eggs in Curried Tomato Sauce

  1. Pam says:

    Oh my. Not like runny egg yolk? That’d be like saying he didn’t like chocolate.

  2. Simply Life says:

    haha, I have a feeling that soon enough after a few more of your dishes, you’ll be able to change this 🙂

  3. I used to not like runny eggs but I think it was me pretending that I didn’t like egg yolks at all… then I woke up and realized the wonderfulness of it all:-)

  4. Roz P. says:

    I have the same kind of ‘man’ in my life too, Joanne! I mean, not liking runny egg yolks! Unreal! . . . it’s the best part of enjoying fried eggs!

  5. I like the way you see it, more for you! Delicious way to start the day.

  6. Beth says:

    Oh, the joys of trying to understand a loved one’s taste buds. Never mind – you converted him to swiss chard, and I’m sure you’ll do the same with runny eggs.

  7. My husband dislikes the hard boiled or cooked eggs. Runny egg yolk is a must.
    Your poached eggs in tomato curry sauce sounds divine.

  8. Oooh, looks delicious, Joanne! It reminds me of Smitten Kitchen’s recipe… but with a curry twist. Yum! At least he isn’t vegan… HA! 🙂

  9. Danielle says:

    This dish looks so good – especially that runny yolk.

  10. No runny yolks?! AHHHHH!! They’re so…good! lol

  11. Oh, Joanne. You are killing me with this photo. I, too, used to be a runny yolk naysayer (years ago) but have learned the errors of my ways. Now pregnant, I miss the yolks SO much. Eggs just aren’t the same. I want this dish right now!!

  12. Amy says:

    Wait…what? WHAT? Doesn’t like a runny egg? DOESN’T LIKE A RUNNY EGG? In my good ear, please… deal breaker. Unless the sex is amazing. But even then.

  13. We are obsessed with eggs, the hubs and me! We made an amazing egg, bacon, tomato, and cheese sandwich for dinner the other night. This recipe looks SO good. And I mean, who doesn’t love a runny egg?!?

  14. Shannon says:

    I have to admit I side with him on this one. I feel bad admitting it, almost, but no runny egg yolks for me, either. I just can’t do it! You can have them all!

  15. I have to admit I am on the Boys side! I don’t like runny eggs! I think that is why I normally order eggs in omelt or scrambled form. However Your poached egg in Curried Tomato Sauce looks delish!

  16. Victoria says:

    I concur. Dislike of running yolks equates alien activity (Psssst, my mom has the same problem, we should band together). Personally, I LOVE running yolks. Can’t get enough. I’ve had eggs poached in yummy tomato sauce before but never had them quite like this! Would definitely love this for breakfast. Definite comfort food 🙂

  17. Monet says:

    My sweet husband first introduced me to runny egg yolks…I had never had them before! I fell in love…but now I can’t have them again! Oh well, soon enough! This looks delicious, sweet girl. It is so good to visit your blog again. I’ve been quite sick the past month…and with moving on the near horizon, my blog-reading has gone to the wayside. But I am very glad to be back! I hope you have a beautiful week!

  18. I’m not a fan of runny yolks either, so I totally understand. But mayonnaise is fine:)
    Did you like light coconut milk? I recently bought a can. The one I bought was made lighter by adding tapioca… The end result was not the best. In future if I was going for light I would use half of normal coconut milk.

  19. I JUST started liking runny egg yolks – there is still hope for the bf! This dish looks delish. I love curry!

  20. I love love tomatoes and eat one pretty much every day and jazzing them up with this sauce is a major win for me! Coconut milk. Mmmm, so good!

  21. The.boy has a problem with kale AND egg yolks? What, does he not like breathing either? Over it! 🙂 I think you have a project on your hands. A serious one. This recipe loves great!!

  22. Pam says:

    The runny yolk is the best part of any egg dish for me. My husband can deal with the yolk but doesn’t love it. Strange boys!

    I think this dish looks fantastic & you are right – more for you!

  23. My husband doesn’t like runny eggs either. It was almost a deal breaker. I would put a fried egg on everything if I could! This looks awesome! Thank god he’s going out of town. I know what I’m making!

  24. sandra says:

    My all time favorite food is huevos racheros (unfortunately I’ve mostly given up eggs) and you seem to have made them even better. I must try your flat bread recipe. Sounds great!

  25. Foodycat says:

    Paul doesn’t like runny yolks either. It is a definite failing.

  26. Ashley Bee says:

    I want this for breakfast right freaking now. Please? PLEEEEEASE?

  27. Tandy says:

    Egg yolks have to be runny!

  28. Dining Alone says:

    My husband will not eat eggs in any shape or form unless they are disguised in cake or cookies. I love love love egg yolk and this looks delicious!

  29. Guru Uru says:

    I’m not the biggest egg fan but you have me SOLD!

    Choc Chip Uru

  30. Shannon says:

    oh no! how i love a runny yolk (this coming from a kid who only liked her eggs scrambled). mike doesn’t love them as much as i do so he usually cooks his eggs a little more, but this is perfection.

  31. Pam says:

    We both have liked runny egg yolks since we were little kids, and neither of our boys can stand them. I love eggs and could eat them every day! Your dish looks delicious!!!

  32. Karis says:

    It’s opposite in our house, the runnier the better for my husband but I’m slowly coming around and have just recently eaten dishes with runny eggs.

  33. Nina says:

    Hi Joanne…am just getting back to blogging after a long break. I see that I have missed so many lovely recipes.Am patiently going thru them.

    I dont like runny eggs too…there is something abt them…phew!. But i like the base…the curried tomato looks wonderful:)

  34. Erica says:

    My husband doesn’t like runny egg yolks either and I love them! Your eggs look perfect and the flavors are amazing!

  35. Eileen says:

    I also know several people who are grossed out by runny yolk! Me, I love it, although I’m against runny white (I actually get nauseous, & then get stomachaches, so). But that just means you have to cook the eggs correctly. I would be all over these eggs in spicy sauce!

  36. Hotly Spiced says:

    I love poached eggs and I like them runny. If I’m out for breakfast and order eggs I’m so disappointed if when they arrived the yolk is set like cement. Each to his own I guess! xx

  37. Yeah. That’s definitely strange behavior. I’m think MIB is your best course of action. I, however, will hang around eating this glorious dish…heck, with two runny yolks…while you’re investigating. ;P

  38. Christine says:

    As a lover of runny yolks I feel for you. No idea how anyone can stomach the hard cooked yellow centers, might as well just eat hard boiled eggs. Hope he sees the error of his ways. And soon! On the other hand, if you overcook your egg, just give it to him. Solves everything. 🙂

  39. bellini says:

    You’re too funny Joanne. But I am with the boy and runny egg yolks are not a good mouth feel, so overpoach my eggs please.

  40. I have to have a little runniness to my eggs too! I’m with you, lady! That looks so good,

  41. Keep making drool-worthy food with runny eggs and he’ll come around (eventually). I mean, he wasn’t a huge fan of kale before right?

  42. Jenn Kendall says:

    what?? he doesn’t like runny eggs?? well that means more for you 🙂 i am in love with this dish.

  43. That looks really, really good. I was so laughing about the extraterrestrial tongue…hee hee! 😉

  44. Gloria says:

    I love poached eggs look really yummy Joanne!!

  45. How can anyone not love runny egg yolks. Like everything else, we’ll blame it on his mother. 😉 This looks fabulous Joann

  46. Ashley says:

    This looks fabulous!! And hey, as long as he knows how to do dishes, you can keep him around 😉

  47. Sippity Sup says:

    Reminds me of an Israeli baked eggs dish I love but am to shy to try and spell. GREG

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    The Chicken Chick

  49. Kim says:

    You may want to reconsider your relationship with the boy…just kidding. My husband doesn’t like runny egg either, nor does he like poached eggs or fried eggs. It’s really frustrating because I actually prefer my eggs that way instead of scrambled, etc. Maybe he’ll reconsider one day.

    In the meantime you have a batch of this yumminess all to yourself. Looks delicious!

  50. Jessie says:

    Really? No love for the runny egg?? I LOVE me some runny egg yolk on top of just about anything, favs being salad or oatmeal with cheese (which sounds a little weird but is fabulous). Egg and tomato is a delicious and classic combo, and I love how it’s over English muffin. I’d eat this at any meal!

  51. That Girl says:

    I’m not a fan of runny eggs either. Or really, anything the consistency of snot.

  52. cquek says:

    Great recipe! I will have to try these

  53. Lynn says:

    If I had to pick one thing to eat, it would be runny eggs on toast or english muffins. I had that for dinner last night. 🙂

    I saved this recipe to my recipe folder. Looks yummy.

  54. Saguna says:

    Definitely sounds alien-tongued to me, ahaha… 🙂 I can’t get enough of runny yolks, especially with curry or dhal and rice. This sounds so good!

  55. Debbie says:

    Oh, sorry to say but I’m with the boy on this one. I’m not one for a runny egg yolk either. I can eat them but prefer the yolk cooked…..maybe I am weird?

  56. Barbara says:

    I like a runny egg yolk, but my tummy wouldn’t put up with this for breakfast. A supper, yes. I love the flavors and colors on the plate.

  57. daphne says:

    No WAY! How can he not like runny egg yolk. This would have hit the right spot for me! anyday!

  58. Haha I couldn’t agree more! A runny egg on top makes EVERYTHING better!

    Can’t wait to try that tomato sauce. I haven’t had anything curry-flavored in ages!

  59. Your poached egg on the sauce sounds delicious.

  60. marie says:

    I for one AM a fan of runny eggs so I’ll eat his portion.

  61. Daniella says:

    I’ll eat his share! Sunny side egg and toast, mmm. Yes please. This looks amazing, I love poached eggs.

    Daniella, Authentic BJJ

  62. cindspectus says:

    I didn’t realize runny egg yolks were so popular, I’ve always disliked them. It’s not their fault, I just don’t like the taste of eggs (I know, I should be put under investigation too!). Only in the last year or so have I embraced the egg white because I wanted to conform and order omelettes at brunch like everyone else.

    I would absolutely eat that tomato sauce, though.

  63. Nicole says:

    I feel ya! The hubby asks for his eggs, over medium – what the hell is that??

    This sounds delicious though! Mmmm!

  64. Chris says:

    Maybe his preference will change. I only ever liked solid yolks in eggs but poached eggs changed that for me.

  65. Laura says:

    What a scrumptious recipe with fabulous flavors paired together. We love eggs in my family!

  66. grace says:

    deal-breaker! runny yolks are not only beautiful, but they taste like a little bit of yellow heaven! i sure hope ya’ll can get past this. 🙂

  67. Natalie says:

    he must be pretttty special if you’re willing to keep him and his alien tongue around 😉

  68. My boyfriend is pretty limited in what he eats (vegetarian who doesn’t like cheese!), but I’m glad he likes a runny egg at least. I think you’ll be able to teach him to like it with something like this!!

  69. Reeni Pisano says:

    Runny eggs are one of the best things on Earth! Maybe you can convert him. No, not maybe, I KNOW you will. Love this spicy sauce! Reminds me of eggs in hell.

  70. When Jeff and I have egg sandwiches for breakfast, I have to have him make his own eggs. I make mine over-easy and make sure the yolk oozes out when I cap my sandwich. But he cooks, breaks, and presses his until every bit of yolk is hard. I just can’t do that to an egg!

  71. Blond Duck says:

    I never thought of eggs and curry!

  72. Karly says:

    So, I hate to side with a boy, but yeah. Runny yolks are not cool. I mean, it’s like dead baby chicken brain juice. Not. Cool.

  73. Big Dude says:

    “the boy doesn’t like runny egg yolks” – this is a situation that definitely requires ungent attention or he’ll go thru life missing out on one of natures great treats – I suggest hypnosis.

  74. I know a couple people like that too and I find it baffling.. runny yolks make everything better! Although the image of a yolk on cream cheese frosting did make me gag a little haha .. Anyways this breakfast sounds fantastic – more for you!

  75. Hannah says:

    How about trying him on tofu poached in curried tomato sauce? Sounds like the perfect solution all around to me! 😉

  76. Curry and tomato sauce were an odd pair when we saw them in another recipe, but this mixture seems to work better. Love it with a runny egg.

  77. Cara says:

    I have a problem.

    I am completely and utterly tempted by the thought of poached eggs in curried tomato sauce and need to get this baby out so I can enjoy!

  78. Emily says:

    I was JUST thinking I needed some runny yolk onto something in my life right now. This looks awesome!

  79. I have been making tomato chutney for my eggs in the morning but this sounds like a fab way to change it up! Oh my gosh it sounds wonderful. My hubby gags if he gets a runny yolk. I’ve been trying for 4 years to “fix” him, because he is clearly broken…but unfortunately, no success.

  80. Laura says:

    I so want this. Right now. And runny egg yolks make EVERYTHING better.

  81. tomato sauce says:

    I’m not that fond of poached eggs but would surely try it full fried eggs

  82. Whaaaa? But the runnyness….it’s…it’s….the main part of the eggy awesomeness?

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