Until I learned how to poach an egg in the microwave, I’d pretty much given up eating them at home. Since one of my favorite breakfasts is Eggs Benedict, I’d only had it when we’ve gone to a restaurant for breakfast — something that doesn’t happen very often.
Then I found out how easy it is to poach an egg in the microwave. Even though I’m not up to making Hollandaise Sauce very often I’ve still been enjoying poached eggs on toast a couple of times a week — it’s just that easy to make!
If you’ve tried poaching an egg on the stove you know what it’s like: you bring a pan of water to simmer, add a splash of vinegar, crack an egg on a saucer and while swirling the water, slip the egg into the liquid. Three minutes later you scoop the egg out of the water with a slotted spoon.
That’s all there is to it in theory. In reality, my eggs would turn into wispy things with overcooked yolks, so I usually wound up eating oatmeal instead. Not anymore!
How To Poach An Egg In The Microwave
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Please note that you must use a straight-sided mug, not a rounded coffee or teacup. I’ve made poached eggs in the microwave using 6- and 8-oz straight-sided mugs without a problem, both in 900 and 1200 watt microwaves. Here is the exact mug I use. If you have something similar, perfect.
You want enough water to cover the egg by 1 inch. This should leave a couple of empty inches above the water’s surface in your mug. If you don’t have that much room, use a bigger mug! In my mug, filling it halfway works best.
Cover it! Use a saucer or a paper plate, not a paper towel, to keep the heat and liquid in the mug so your egg actually poaches. If you skip this step, or do something else, your egg will explode rather than poach.
Of course, you don’t have to eat your poached egg on toast. Here are some other ways to enjoy poached eggs:
•Top a green salad with a poached egg to turn it into a meal.
•Serve it on asparagus with bacon crumbles.
•Slide it onto black bean burgers.
•Or top a Baja Sliders with Green Chile Mayo with one.
•Nestle it in a bowl of rice and drizzle on some brown gravy for a Hawaiian treat called “Moco Loco.”
•Serve it alongside homemade breakfast sausage.
•Add it to a bowl of ramen noodles with broccoli florets and diced carrots.
Poached Eggs in the Microwave
Enjoy a hot breakfast even when you're in a hurry with this quick and easy method to make poached eggs in the microwave!
- 1 egg
Fill a straight-sided coffee mug halfway with water. Crack an egg and let it slide down the side of the mug to the bottom. (This keeps the yolk intact.) Make sure there's enough water in the mug to cover the egg by 1 inch. This should leave at least 2 inches empty at the top of your mug. You must have that space at the top -- if not, use a bigger mug!
Place a saucer (not a paper plate and not a paper towel) over the top of the mug and microwave it on HIGH for 1 minute. Check the egg for doneness. If needed, microwave again in 15-second bursts, checking after each, until it's done.
Gently tilt the mug and remove the egg carefully with a slotted spoon. Serve immediately.
Use a straight-sided mug. Don't forget to use a saucer on top of the mug.