Microwave Poached Eggs

Microwave Poached Eggs

The Spruce

Ratings (226)
  • Total: 3 mins
  • Prep: 1 mins
  • Cook: 2 mins
  • Yield: 1 serving
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
347 Calories
23g Fat
2g Carbs
31g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Using the microwave to make poached eggs? Yes! This recipe couldn't be easier. It's so easy, in fact, the kids can make these eggs all by themselves. And the best part is these poached eggs taste just as good (or better) than the poached eggs you make in a pan.

The key to this recipe is to make sure you don't overcook the eggs. With microwave ovens today being so powerful, you may only need to heat your eggs for 30 or 40 seconds before they're done. 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, hash, or even pizza!

Microwave poached eggs ingredients
The Spruce


  • 2 large eggs
  • Kosher salt and freshly-ground black pepper to taste

Steps to Make It

Fill a microwave-safe coffee cup or glass or microwave-safe liquid measuring cup with 1/2 cup of water.

Add water to microwavable cup
The Spruce

Crack 1 egg into the cup.

Crack egg into cup with water
The Spruce

Place a saucer on top of the cup, so that it covers the opening completely.

Place saucer on mug
The Spruce

Microwave on high for 30 to 60 seconds until the egg white is cooked through, yet the yolk is still runny in the center.

Microwave until egg is cooked through
The Spruce

Repeat with the other egg in a fresh cup. Season with salt and pepper before serving.

Finished poached egg on toast
 The Spruce


Kitchen Notes

You may have to play around with the cooking time a bit. Start with the shortest cooking time. Look at the egg white to see if it's cooked through. If not, continue cooking in 10-second increments.