Microwave Poached Eggs

Microwaved poached egg on a piece of toast with salt and pepper

The Spruce Eats / Bahareh Niati

Prep: 1 mins
Cook: 2 mins
Total: 3 mins
Serving: 1 serving
Yield: 2 eggs
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
150 Calories
10g Fat
2g Carbs
13g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 150
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 12%
Saturated Fat 3g 16%
Cholesterol 372mg 124%
Sodium 462mg 20%
Total Carbohydrate 2g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 13g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 71mg 5%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 173mg 4%
*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.

"This technique can be cool once you really understand your microwave. It's perfect if you are at work, have no other cooking tools, and need a poached egg. The timing is very important. It's a fun hacky way to microwave an egg for one with almost no cleanup." —Heather Ramsdell

A Note From Our Recipe Tester


  • 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.

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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.

    Water added to a microwave-safe mug alongside eggs

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  3. Crack 1 egg into the cup.

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

    A plate over the top of a mug containing egg and water for microwave poached eggs

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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.

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  6. Repeat with the other egg in a fresh cup. Serve with salt and pepper, and enjoy.

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Raw Egg Warning

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


  • 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.

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.