Microwave Poached Eggs

Microwave poached eggs

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  • Total: 3 mins
  • Prep: 1 mins
  • Cook: 2 mins
  • Yield: 1 serving
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
347 Calories
23g Fat
2g Carbs
31g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1 serving
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, think about 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. Because of the uneven nature of microwave cooking temperatures, they might not be exactly the same. But given that they literally take less than 60 seconds to make, the difference is negligible.


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The key to this recipe is to make sure you don't overcook the eggs. With microwaves today being so powerful, 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, hash, or even pizza.


  • 2 large eggs
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Microwave poached eggs ingredients
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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.

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

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

    Place saucer on mug
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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
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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.


  • Microwaving your egg for too long can cause it to violently explode. 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 5-second increments thereafter.
  • If you're looking for a fully done yolk, know that 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. You can also make a microwave omelet in a cup.