How To: Poach an Egg in the Microwave

Poach an Egg in the Microwave

How to Poach an Egg in the Microwave

When you don't have time to do it the right way, here's a short-cut: poach an egg in the microwave, courtesy of The Kitchn.

You Will Need:

  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup water
  • Approximately 1/2 teaspoon vinegar (optional)
  • Microwave
  • Microwave-safe mug or small bowl
  • Microwave-safe small plate
  • Slotted spoon

Step 1: Gather Your Ingredients

The vinegar is optional, but it will help the egg coalesce a little better.

Step 2: Crack the Egg into Your Microwave-Safe Bowl or Mug

Step 3: Pour in About 1/3 Cup Water

Step 4: Add a Bit of Vinegar

You can also add this directly to the water before pouring it in.

Step 5: Cover the Bowl or Mug with a Microwave-Safe Plate

Place in the microwave and cook on 80% POWER for 60 seconds. Check the egg. If it is not done yet, return to microwave and cook on 80% POWER in 20 second bursts. (I usually cook mine for a total of 80 seconds.)

Step 6: Remove from the Water with a Slotted Spoon & Enjoy

4 Comments

I am so trying this tomorrow.

I tried the poached one, and my egg exploded!

Better poke the yoke with a fork two or three times...it might very well explode.

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