Poached eggs not only taste great, but they’re also excellent food if you’re watching your weight.
Working out how much each egg weighs and understanding the various sizes and calorie counts can become confusing because there’s quite a bit of contradictory information about the true values.
So in this article, I’ve weighed different egg sizes both before and after cooking and compiled all of the information along with calorie information from the official sites.
The quick answer is; a single small (drained) poached egg weighs around 40-50g(1.4-1.8oz), medium 50-60g (1.8-2.1oz), large 60-70g (2.1-2.5oz) and a very large (or jumbo) poached egg weighs around 70-80g (2.5-2.8oz).
Read on to find out more weights of different-sized poached eggs (in grams and ounces) along with calorie information for each egg size and multiples.
Single Poached Egg Weight Table
Below are the converted weights of a single poached egg that has been poached in water and drained.
|Very Large |
Weights of Eggs Before and After Poaching
To show you an example of the weights of eggs before and after poaching, I used the eggs in the image below, which are classified as medium, large and very large (from smallest to largest).
Just for info, these are freshly laid eggs from my own hens, which is why the white is still quite jelly-like and perfect for poached eggs. The older the egg gets the more watery the white tends to go, but this won’t impact the overall weight for this weighing experiment.
I based some of the information below on UK standard weights, however, the US and other countries’ official weights are very similar and usually within a gram or 0.5g of each other.
Medium Poached Egg Weight Before and After Cooking
Medium egg weight is classified as 53-63g (1.9-2.2oz) and anything below 53g (1.9oz) is classified as small.
The raw egg falls into the medium egg category at 54.1g (1.9oz), and when poached it weighed 51.5g (1.8oz), which took it into the small egg category due to a small loss of some white in the pan.
Large Poached Egg Weight Before and After Cooking
Large egg weight is classified as 63-73g (2.2-2.6oz) and anything below 63g (2.2oz) is classified as medium.
The raw egg falls into the large egg category at 54.1g (1.9oz) and when poached it weighed 51.5g (1.8oz). There was a weight loss of 2g due to a small loss of some white in the pan.
Very Large Poached Egg Weight Before and After Cooking
Very large (or Jumbo) egg weight is classified as anything over 73g (2.6oz) and anything below 73g (2.6oz) is classified as large.
The raw egg falls into the very large egg category at 74.3g (2.6oz) and when poached it weighed 65.7g (2.3oz). The very large egg reduced more in weight during cooking due to the loss of some white in the pan of just over 10g.
Poached Egg Calories Per Egg Size
When you’re counting your calories or using a calorie tracker, it’s easy to just input ‘egg’ but it’s not always clear what size is equal to what number of calories.
There is actually quite a big difference in calories and egg weight between a small and a large egg, especially if you eat three or four because you might be logging more or fewer calories than you’re actually consuming.
It’s also interesting that some calorie counters seem to differ between how many calories are in an egg, I’ve looked at quite a few, and some range from 1.1 – 1.4 kcal per g of mixed egg.
I’ve taken an average from (reputable calorie counters) of 1.2 kcal per gram.
The chart below shows the calories for each weight of egg and in multiples of 1,2,3 or 4:
|1 egg||2 eggs||3 eggs||4 eggs|
(53g or less)
based on 50g
|Very Large |
based on 75g
More FAQ’s on Poached Egg Weights
Yes, poached eggs do weigh slightly less when they’re cooked because some of the white is lost in the poaching water. The loss should only be a small amount if the egg forms tightly when it cooks, putting vinegar in the pan helps the egg to stay together as it cooks.
Poached egg calories are the same as raw egg calorie values because they’re cooked in water and do not take on any extra calories from fat etc. Providing you know the egg size and weight, you can work out the calories based on standard egg weights.
Equipment and Sources Used for This Article
I used precision scales that weigh to 0.01 of a gram which is regularly calibrated with a 100g weight. For more information see my recommended weighing scales here.
To make ensure accurate information, I researched and cross-referenced various sources to obtain correct figures for weight conversion and calorie info, including:
- Official UK egg weight & calorie guidance from the Egg Info site
- Wikipedia egg weight guidance for the US, Europe & Australia & other countries
- Google Weight Converter
- Google Calorie Check
- My Fitness Pal App
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