Blinis with Poached Egg and Caviar

Blinis are savoury pancakes and originate from Russia. They usually are bite size but today we have decided to indulge in a larger size of these leavened pancakes. 

The small size blinis make perfect appetisers, but bigger size blini turn into a delicious breakfast. 

blinis with poached egg

The blinis

Making good blinis requires patience as the batter needs to rest for a minimum of 3 hours. Just follow the recipe and nothing can go wrong! Make a batch as they can be frozen easily for later use.

The egg

A perfect poached egg required good timing and precision. The freshness of the egg is key to making a successful poached egg. Provide enough water with at least 10cm depth to be able to create a nice round egg shape. Adding vinegar to the water helps the egg white coagulate around the yolk. The time to poach an egg depends on the size of the egg and on your personal preference. The white needs to set and become opaque while the yolk needs to stay runny but hot. Check this post about how to make perfectly poached eggs in 3 steps.

The caviar

A long-time delicacy in Russia, is the logical final touch to elevate this recipe and enjoy your luxurious breakfast. Oscietra sturgeon produce their wonderful grey colour eggs, named caviar, after 8 years. They have an earthy vegetable flavour with a taste of crustaceans, a buttery sweet bouquet and a saline after taste. 

blinis with poached egg

Blinis with poached egg and caviar

Making good blinis requires patience as the batter needs to rest for a minimum of 3 hours.
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Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 30 minutes
Resting time 3 hours
Total Time 5 hours 30 minutes
Course Appetisers & Starters, Breakfast
Cuisine French
Servings 4 people
Calories 236 kcal

EQUIPMENT (click pictures for details)


For the blinis

For the garnish


Prepare the blinis

  • Dissolve the yeast with 15 cl of warmed milk (30°C).
    Combine all dry ingredients, add the yeast mixture and whisk until smooth.
    Cover with cling film and rest for 3 hours at room temperature.
    mix dry ingredients for blinis
  • Add the cold melted butter and egg yolk.
    add melted butter
  • Whip the egg white to soft peaks and gently fold into the batter mix.
    fold in egg white
  • Grease a non-stick pan lightly with oil and sizzle a spoonful for 2-3 minutes before flipping over for another minute.
    Transfer the blinis onto a kitchen towel and keep them warm.
    bake the blini

Poach the eggs

Finish the dish

  • Arrange a warm blini with sour cream. Place the poached egg with some fresh cracked pepper on top and spoon the caviar around.
    blinis with poached egg

Nutrition for 1 portion

Calories: 236kcalCarbohydrates: 25gProtein: 4gFat: 14gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 137mgFiber: 2gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 552IUVitamin C: 0.2mgCalcium: 35mgIron: 1mg
Keyword blini, caviar, poached eggs
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