This Microwave Poached Eggs Recipe is going to rock your mornings! I know it’s sure made mine a whole lot easier.
See, 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 poaching eggs in the microwave is. We’re talking ONE MINUTE and they’re done!
Even though I’m not up to making Hollandaise Sauce very often, I’ve still been enjoying poached eggs a couple of times a week — they’re just that simple to make.
Poaching Eggs in the Microwave is FAST!
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 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 Eggs in the Microwave
- 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 cup, filling it halfway works best. If you don’t have that much room, use a bigger one.
- Don’t forget to poke a small hole in the yolk! Using the tip of a sharp knife or a toothpick to make a tiny hole in the yolk allows steam to escape and keeps your poached egg from exploding.
- Cover it. Use an actual saucer or plate, not a paper towel, to keep the heat and liquid in the mug, so your egg poaches properly in the microwave.
- Cook it for 1 minute. Be careful when lifting the cover to check if the egg is done — it’s going to be steamy in there. If the whites are still runny, microwave it another 10 seconds and check again. Repeat until you’re happy with how it looks.
Poached eggs are nice on toast, of course, and you can’t make Eggs Benedict without them. But there are many other ways to enjoy microwave poached eggs, too. Check out these ideas:
- 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.
- Slip one onto a rye crisp over some bacon and sriracha.
- Add it to Baja Sliders with Green Chile Mayo.
- 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 mushrooms, broccoli, and chopped scallions.
Microwave Poached Eggs
- Coffee mug
- 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. 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.
- Using the tip of a sharp knife or a toothpick, gently poke a small hole in the yolk. This allows steam to escape during the cooking process, so your microwave poached egg doesn't 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. Check the egg for doneness and repeat in 10-second bursts, checking after each, until done.
- Gently tilt the mug and remove the egg carefully with a slotted spoon. Serve immediately.
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