Poached Eggs in the Microwave

I probably under use my Microwave, and every now and then I’m astounded by how well it works on some items. Poached Eggs are one of those items.

Poached Eggs in the Microwave
Poached Eggs in the Microwave

While I’ve poached eggs for years in simmering water, I have to admit that they always turn out better in the microwave. They take about a minute per egg, so one can turn out several in less than the amount of time it takes to bring water up to a simmer and poach them the old fashioned way.

Microwave Poached Eggs

  • Servings: varies
  • Time: minutes
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon vinegar

Place water and vinegar in a microwave safe container – I like a Pyrex measuring cup, but a mug, glass or bowl works well, too. Gently crack egg and add the egg to the container. Loosely cover with a saucer. Microwave on high for approximately 95 seconds to 1 1/2 minutes.

Remove immediately with a slotted spoon as the egg will continue to cook if left in the water.

To cook additional eggs, start with fresh water each time or the timing will be off because the water starts off hotter for each egg.

To hold poached eggs, simply place them in warm water or on a damp plate.

Note:  Depending on the strength of your microwave, size of your egg and container, the cooking time can vary. The first time you make the poached eggs with this method, you’ll probably need extra eggs. Experiment until you find the exact timing that works for you. (Then, if you’re like me and have no memory for such things, jot it down somewhere!)

from the kitchen of http://www.frugalhausfrau.com

Poached Eggs in the Microwave
Poached Eggs in the Microwave

Safety Note:

Raw or under cooked eggs may pose a safety risk.

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