Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 1 min

I have been poaching eggs in the microwave for many years. For me this is the best way to prepare poached eggs for 2. It is quick, easy and almost foolproof. Please make sure you use a toothpick to pierce the yolk before cooking or it will explode!


  1. Add the water and white vinegar to a 6 ounce custard cup.
  2. Break egg into cup, pierce egg yolk with toothpick, and cover dish loosely with plastic wrap.
  3. Place in microwave and cook for 1 minute or until desired doneness.
  4. You may need to experiment with cooking times based on the wattage of your microwave and taste preference.
  5. Immediately remove egg from hot water with a slotted spoon as it will continue to cook.
  6. Serve with salt and pepper to taste.
Most Helpful

So you may want to mention what happens if you forget to pierce the yolk.......the egg explodes all over the microwave in millions of teeny tiny bits. Next time I will follow every step!

Julie 927 June 12, 2011

I'm going to try this again. Today, I cooked for 1 minute, and the egg white wasn't formed at all, still floating in strands in the water. So I added 30 seconds, and then my yolk was cooked solid. So I will try a minute and 10 seconds, and maybe and 3 seconds at a time. I didn't take a pic, because I didn't feel the results were optimum. I think this is a great idea and I will try it again. Thanks for sharing!

breezermom September 04, 2011

This turned out great, so simple and fast. The timing of one minute was perfect for my microwave.
Clean-up's a breeze.

ohgal June 14, 2011