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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!
How To Poach An Egg In The Microwave
NOTE: Follow these instructions at your own risk. Some readers report their eggs have exploded in the microwave, while others have not had any problems.
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!
Please note that you must use a coffee mug, not a teacup. I’ve made poached eggs in the microwave using 6- and 8-oz mugs without a problem, both in 900 and 1200 watt microwaves.
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. In my mug, filling it halfway works best. If you don’t have that much room, use a bigger mug!
Cover it! Use an actual saucer or plate, not a paper towel or plate, to keep the heat and liquid in the mug so your egg actually poaches. If you don’t, your egg will explode rather than poach.
Poached Egg Serving Ideas
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
- 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 at least 1 inch with 2 inches of space above it. You must have that space at the top — if not, use a bigger mug — or your egg may explode!
- 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. Wait 15 seconds for the water to stop boiling before opening the microwave and checking the egg for doneness.
- Gently tilt the mug and remove the egg carefully with a slotted spoon. Serve immediately.