The holy grail in fresh egg preparations, Poached Eggs can be challenging to make because of their delicate cooking. There are several methods that involve adding vinegar to just-boiling water, swirling, straining, and salting, or using whatever technique is most convenient for you. And don’t fool yourself; when you’re in a rush or it’s a weekday and all you want is a healthy but gluttonous breakfast, ease is key. Try poaching an egg in the microwave if you simply don’t have the time to boil water and coddle your lone, lonely egg.
Large eggs—preferably free-range—work best for this technique, though any size can work depending on your microwave’s power and how you prefer to prepare eggs.
How to Poach an Egg in the Microwave:
- Tap water should be poured into an 8-ounce mug, leaving about 1 inch of space at the top.
- In the mug of water, crack an egg. Make a quick hole in the yolk with a toothpick so it won’t blow up in the microwave. The yolk shouldn’t leak at all and should stay whole.
- Microwave the mug with the egg for 1 minute. The egg should be taken out of the water with a spoon and either rested on paper towels or served right away.
- Remember: The egg should rest in the hot, water-filled mug for 30 seconds if the whites are still undercooked after one minute. If needed, Repeat the process in the microwave for an additional 10 seconds.
You’ll notice that the yolk of microwave-poached eggs is slightly runny. Simply leave the egg in the warm water for a few seconds to allow it to firm up if you prefer your yolk to be more solid and cooked.
Feel free to experiment with different mug shapes as you become more familiar with this microwave egg-poaching technique. Wider mugs produce a flatter poached egg (ideal for topping toast or an English muffin), while slimmer mugs can produce a rounder, more conventional poached egg.
That’s it, then! No need for vinegar, swirling, or any other methods.
Recipes With Poached Eggs
Try these one-minute microwave miracles with chile butter and yogurt, or serve them on top of your next savory toast.
If you’re looking for additional uses for poached eggs, try the well-known brunch dish Eggs Benedict or use your new microwave trick to prepare this recipe for Skillet-Poached Huevos Rancheros. For what it’s worth, poached eggs are also encouraged as a garnish on homemade pizza, a grain bowl, and a bowl of ramen.