Microwave Poached Eggs (Bon Appetit Magazine)

Total Time
Prep 1 min
Cook 1 min

This method is as effective as poaching eggs on the stove; but it is a good deal faster, and the cleanup is MUCH easier! I heard about this on "Food for Thought" on NPR last week (one of the hosts mentioned that she had read about this technique in the April issue of Bon Appetit Magazine). I decided to try it-- it works! Read More http://www.bonappetit.com/blogsandforums/blogs/badaily/2011/04/how-to-poach-eggs-in-the-microwave.html#ixzz1Lm4NMr7d [April 20, 2011 / Posted by Mary-Frances Heck]

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Fill a 1-cup (or larger) bowl (or mug) with 1/2 cup of water.
  2. Add a pinch of salt to the water if you like.
  3. Crack an egg into the bowl; make sure the egg is completely submerged.
  4. Cover the top of the bowl with a small plate or saucer.
  5. Microwave on HIGH power for 1 minute.
  6. Remove from microwave and check to see if white of the egg is firm.
  7. If the egg white or the yolk needs more cooking, re-cover the bowl and microwave on HIGH for another 15 seconds.*.
  8. Using a slotted serving spoon or large fork, carefully transfer the egg to your toast, your plate, etc., and sprinkle with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste.
  9. *Please note that microwave cooking times will vary.When I make this, I take the egg out after 1 minute on HIGH and flip it over in the bowl, re-cover, and cook on HIGH for another 15 seconds.
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This recipe is GREAT! I love poached eggs but hate the mess. Now that I know such a fast, delicious way to prepare poached eggs (with little clean-up too, which is really important), I will invite more friends over for brunch. <br/><br/>Pair this with great bread and you have it made.

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What a great recipe FattyFat. It's perfect for when you want to make poached eggs in a hurry, or in my case poached eggs for one. They turned out beautiful, soft, tender and runny just the way I like them. It was so quick and easy to make them this way, that I doubt if I will ever use my huge poaching pan again. They were wonderful served on toasted poppy seed bagels with your Patacones (Fried Green Plantains) - Panamá on the side. What a wonderful brunch I had. Thank you so much for sharing, a recipe that will be enjoyed by my dh & myself, over and over again. Made for Fall PAC 2012.