Captain’s Eggs Neptune

Captain’s Eggs Neptune
  • 30M Total Time

  • 15M Prep Time

  • 14 Ingredients

  • 8 Servings Servings


  1. HEAT 2 to 3 inches of water, vinegar and 1 teaspoon salt in large saucepan or deep skillet to boiling. ADJUST heat to keep liquid simmering gently. BREAK eggs, one at a time, into small bowl. HOLD dish close to surface of pan and SLIP egg into water.

  2. COOK eggs until whites are completely set and yolks begin to thicken but are not hard, 3 to 5 minutes. Do not stir. LIFT eggs from water with slotted spoon; DRAIN well on platter lined with paper towels. KEEP warm.

  3. WHISK egg yolks, water, orange juice and lemon juice in a small saucepan until blended. COOK over low heat, whisking constantly, until mixture is foamy and small bubbles appear alongside of pan. WHISK in cut up butter, one piece at a time, until butter is melted and sauce is thickened. REMOVE pan from heat immediately. WHISK in orange zest, remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt and red pepper.

  4. SPREAD muffin halves with remaining 2 tablespoons softened butter. ARRANGE muffin halves on plates and TOP with salmon. PLACE one egg over salmon, TOP with sauce and SPRINKLE with dill.


  • 8 large EGGS
  • 3 large EGG yolks
  • 1 Tbsp. distilled white vinegar
  • 1 tsp. plus 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 1/2 tsp. orange zest
  • 1 Tbsp. orange juice
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) cold butter cut into 16 pieces
  • 2 Tbsp. softened butter
  • pinch ground red pepper
  • 4 English muffins, split and toasted
  • 8 oz. smoked salmon, sliced into 1 oz. pieces
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped dill


This recipe is an excellent source of choline, vitamin D, protein and vitamin A, and a good source of folate.

To ensure food safety, eggs should be cooked until both the yolk and the white are firm. Consuming raw or undercooked eggs may increase your risk of foodborne illness, especially for those with certain medical conditions. For recipes that call for eggs that are raw or undercooked when the dish is served, use either pasteurized shell eggs that have been treated to destroy Salmonella, or use pasteurized egg products.

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