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How to Make a Poached Egg in the Microwave

How to Make a Poached Egg in the Microwave

You might have enjoyed a perfectly poached egg on a toast with a creamy Hollandaise sauce, but it is not the only way you can enjoy a poached egg. A poached egg is super easy to make, but most people don’t get it right the first time. It has a creamy texture and is undoubtedly very delicious.

If you think making a poached egg is tricky, I recommend choosing the easiest way. Ever heard of making a poached egg in a microwave? Most people call it an easy hack. Whatever it is, it works well! No pots and pans needed! Keep reading if you want to know how to make a poached egg in the microwave.

What is a poached egg?

Most of the time, an egg is either hard boiled or cooked with oil. A poached egg, however, uses a completely different technique. The egg is cracked and is directly put in hot water. The heat from the water cooks the egg to where it is soft from the outside and has a runny yolk.

Ways of making a poached egg

Ramekin for poached eggs

There are a few ways to make perfect poached eggs, and not all of them are tricky. Even if you are a beginner at poaching eggs, you can choose any of these methods to try:

  • Water: The traditional way of poaching an egg involves a saucepan with simmering water on a stove. As the water begins to simmer, drop the egg by cracking it directly into the water and wait for it to cook. Take the egg out, and that’s it.
  • Water bath: Now, most people complain that making poached eggs in water doesn’t work because the egg splits. So, if you want to take extra caution, I recommend you use this method. Start by adding water to a saucepan and waiting until it starts to simmer. Now crack your egg in a ramekin and place it in the middle of the saucepan. Place the lid and let it cook for a minute or two until the egg is ready. Now take it out of the ramekin and enjoy!
  • Using a ladle spoon: Another effective way of cooking a poached egg is by cracking the egg into a ladle spoon and then placing it over the simmering water just enough that the bottom touches the simmering water. Cook until the poached egg is ready.
  • In a microwave: Lastly, you can always cook your poached egg in the microwave. For that, you just have to add water and crack your egg in a microwave-safe mug and microwave it for 20 seconds. Then set the times again and microwave for another 20 seconds. A microwave poached egg is by far the easiest and most convenient way you poach an egg.

Tips on making an easy microwave poached egg

fresh eggs

Although poaching an egg in a microwave is super easy, you still have to keep a few things in mind for ideal results.

  • It is crucial that you use fresh eggs. If you are using refrigerated eggs for poaching, let them sit until they reach room temperature.
  • Make sure you are using a microwave-safe mug or bowl.
  • Never set the timer to more than 20 seconds. It can result in an exploding egg. So, the best way to ensure the egg is cooked to perfection is to set the timer at 20-second intervals.
  • If you worry the egg will dissolve in water, add a dash of vinegar into the water.
  • If you want the egg yolk to be fully cooked, pierce the egg yolk with a toothpick or a needle before microwaving it. This way, it won’t explode and will be cooked through.
  • Season the egg with black pepper, salt, or paprika, and enjoy.

How to serve poached eggs

Although a poached egg tastes great when you eat it on its own, you can also serve it with other things. Here are a few ideas:

  • Toast: A poached egg on a toast or an English muffin is the perfect breakfast. You can add a little mayonnaise or your favorite spread.
  • Asparagus: Asparagus particularly tastes delicious with a poached egg sprinkled with dried herbs.
  • Avocados: Sliced avocados or avocado toast is so yummy with poached eggs.
  • Hollandaise sauce: An egg benedict is a delicious dish made using poached eggs and hollandaise sauce. A hollandaise sauce is made using egg yolks, butter, heavy cream, lime juice, and salt and black pepper. It is rich and creamy and goes well with poached eggs and toast. It is the perfect combination.
  • Salad: A poached egg also goes well on a salad like a spinach salad or watercress salad.
  • Meat: You can also serve it with ham, bacon, or chicken.
  • Noodles: You can also serve poached eggs on your favorite noodle dishes like ramen or spaghetti.

How to Make a Poached Egg in the Microwave

How to Make a Poached Egg in the Microwave


  • 1 whole egg, at room temperature
  • ½ cup water
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • Salt, to taste


  • In a microwave-safe mug, add water.
  • Now crack the egg directly into the water.
  • Cover the mug with a microwave-safe lid or a plate.
  • Place the mug in the microwave and set the timer to 20 seconds at high speed. Start the microwave.
  • Once the 20 seconds are up, set the timer to 20 more seconds.
  • Once the time is up, take the mug out of the microwave and let it sit for a minute so that the egg is still in hot water.
  • Now, take the egg carefully out of the water, and place it on the kitchen towel.
  • Your perfect poached egg is ready. Season it with salt and black pepper, and enjoy!

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