Microwave Poached Eggs

Microwave poached eggs on toast with a side of bacon

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Prep: 1 mins
Cook: 2 mins
Total: 3 mins
Serving: 1 serving
Yields: 2 eggs
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
347 Calories
23g Fat
2g Carbs
31g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 347
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 23g 30%
Saturated Fat 8g 38%
Cholesterol 904mg 301%
Sodium 644mg 28%
Total Carbohydrate 2g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Protein 31g
Calcium 136mg 10%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Close your eyes, and think about eggs Benedict at your favorite restaurant. Now, imagine enjoying that same dish at home, tomorrow morning—using your microwave. Believe it or not, you can use a standard microwave to poach eggs that are very close to restaurant quality. Due to the uneven nature of microwave cooking temperatures, they might not be exactly the same. However, considering that they literally take less than 60 seconds to make, the difference is negligible.

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A perfectly poached egg should have a runny yolk with an opaque white. The key to this recipe is to make sure you don't overcook the eggs. Microwaves today are so powerful that cooking times may be significantly shorter and can vary greatly. Play around with this recipe a few times to nail down the perfect cooking time.

Serve these eggs on toast with chopped fresh herbs, on English muffins with hollandaise sauce, or on salads or hash. Try adding a poached egg to a bowl of soup or even on top of pizza.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup water (cold)
  • 2 large eggs
  • Kosher salt (to taste)
  • Freshly ground black pepper (to taste)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Half dozen fresh eggs, a mug, and a microwave
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  2. Fill a microwave-safe coffee cup, glass, or microwave-safe liquid measuring cup with 1/2 cup of cold tap water.

    Adding water to microwavable cup
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  3. Crack 1 egg into the cup.

    Cracking one egg into the mug with water
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  4. Place a saucer on top of the cup so that it covers the opening completely.

    A saucer is placed over the mug with the egg
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  5. Microwave on high for 30 seconds and then see if the egg white is cooked through. If not, continue to microwave in 10-second increments. Wait several seconds before removing the lid as steam can escape quickly and powerfully, even after a very short amount of cooking time.

    Microwave until egg is cooked through
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  6. Repeat with the other egg in a fresh cup.

    Finished poached egg on toast with a side of bacon
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  7. Serve with salt and pepper, and enjoy.

Raw Egg Warning

Consuming raw and lightly-cooked eggs poses a risk of food-borne illness.

Why Do Poached Eggs Explode in the Microwave?

Microwaving your egg too quickly or for too long can cause it to violently explode. As heat builds up in the egg, it produces steam and an explosion occurs when that steam can't release fast enough. If you're really not sure of the strength of your microwave, err on the side of caution and only microwave the egg for 15 or 20 seconds to start, and then microwave it in five-second increments thereafter.

Tips

  • Fresh eggs (particularly farm fresh) are best for poaching and will hold their shape well. Use a quick freshness test to check your eggs before cracking them open: Place the egg in a bowl of water, and if it sinks, it's very fresh. Floating eggs should be discarded because they're too old.
  • Let refrigerated eggs reach room temperature before poaching.
  • If you find that your store-bought eggs are falling apart when poached, add a splash of vinegar or lemon juice to the water.

Recipe Variation

  • If you're looking for a fully done yolk, you will have to pierce the yolk before putting it into the microwave. Otherwise, it will explode. At this point, it's not truly a poached egg, but it's delicious nonetheless.