By PaulaG on April 23, 2005
Photo by LifeIsGood
Photo by LifeIsGood
"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!"
Serving Size: 1 (130 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 1
"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!"
"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!"
"This turned out great, so simple and fast. The timing of one minute was perfect for my microwave.
Clean-up's a breeze."
"After 2 dozen trial and error eggs with differing times and power settings, I finally have it down to a consistent method.
1 cup water in a pyrex measuring cup, splash of white vinegar, microwave on high for about 2:30 -3:00 (until just boiling). While it's heating, crack an egg in a small bowl. As soon as it reaches a boil, open up the microwave and gently pour the egg into the water from the small bowl (no need to pierce the yolk as this is a verrry gentle method, also, don't stir it).
Set 4 minutes on the microwave, then set it to 10% power (this is IMPORTANT) and hit start. (No need to cover as well, you are just keeping the water well below a boil). At the end of 4 minutes, with a spoon, flip the egg while still in the water (the egg should be a little white pouch). This flipping ensures the bottom of the egg that was touching the glass is set.
Let it set for about 30 seconds, then drain while holding the egg in the pyrex with the spoon. Pour the egg out on to a paper towel, dry, then plate. When it is served, cut into, and runny, then salt and pepper to taste...
Easy, almost foolproof, (non-explosive), works every time now, you may need to adjust your power setting up if it is not working for you, but after 1-2 egg runs, you will have it down...
(I didn't want to post this as a new recipe because this recipe by Paula G inspired me to experiment because my wife LOVES poached eggs, but never wanted to take the time to make them)"
"Perfect! I don't know why it took me this long to search on "microwave poached eggs"??? This was so easy and quick! I will probably cook them for a little less time next time as I like my yolk a little more runny, but even with the yolk cooked through it was delicious on my morning toast :^) Thanks for a simple, yummy breakfast recipe!"
"Update: I have found that 58 seconds at full power works perfect for my eggs. Not too runny, not too hard. I realized I forgot to cover with plastic wrap on my first try, hence the "explosion". Covering makes a big difference. Also, I take the egg out of water with a slotted spoon, then "dry" it off on a paper towel so it is not too wet when placing on the toast. Yummy! I love poached eggs, but always hated the hassle of making them. Not a problem now. Next time I will microwave at 80% for 1 minute or so...when I cooked it at full power, the egg exploded even though I had pierced the yoke. Oh well, it still tasted good after that!"
"Thank you for providing the recipe. I do not need to fry breakfast eggs with oil. Besides, I dropped the egg into "boiling water" before microwaving it. The egg became too solid."
"Awesome. So easy and quick. I used a small salad bowl, which was not the best idea. My egg didn't cook evenly and I ended up with an overcooked brown spot on the side of the egg after cooking for 1 minute. Tried again, same container, same power for 58 seconds and still had an overcooked brown area just smaller and less brown! Next time, I'll use a tea cup and cook on 90% for a minute or just keep adjusting the time down til I get something that's perfect. My microwave is 1000W."
"Perfect poached egg with no fuss!! I'm so impressed. I will be doing this often, whenever I want eggs with toast. It's so easy and quick. The results are perfect. Make sure to follow the directions and prick the yolk with a toothpick and then cover loosely with plastic wrap. My egg was done in about 50-55 seconds. Yum!"
"I poked my egg, covered it and put it in for 55 seconds. The egg whites exploded through the wrap all over my microwave leaving the little yellow fully cooked ball of yolk in the dish."
"Simply amazing. I made this at work this morning without the vinegar and it was egg perfection. We have a small microwave here and it took a little longer than a minute. Now I can make my own "Mc" Breakfast sandwich and save myself some time and money."
"I followed the recipe to the letter. The egg blew up at 45 seconds into the 1 minute cooking time. The egg was still uncooked. I covered with paper towel after the plastic wrap blew off, and finished cooking for another 15 seconds. A really ugly looking poached egg."
"I wish I could thank you enough. I like runny yolks, but I could never prepare them. I even bought 2 Cuisinart frying pans that hook together so I could fry them and flip them without breaking the yolks but I couldn't learn to use them right. I know people have commented just pouch them using boiling water on the stove top but I could never get that method to work.<br/><br/>Finally I discovered this microwave method and it has worked ever time (dozens). Now I can have pouched eggs all the time.<br/><br/>Thank you,<br/>timoo7"
"I did so many things wrong with this recipe but I think it's a great concept"
"Wish I would have been more careful with timing. My first one exploded. I did pierce the yolk but apparently 2mins is much too long in my microwave. I like my yolks firm but not popped out of the whites and sitting on the microwave turn-tray. >.< my fault. Thanks PaulaG! The mistakes were my own. I hate using the stovetop for poaching."
"I am so happy I found this recipe! Thank you! I have been looking for a poached egg recipe that was quick, healthy and fool proof and this is it! I love poached eggs, but I would never make them because all the recipes were so complicated. Thank you, thank you, thank you."
"In a word: Perrrrfect! I'm never going to dirty a pan for eggs over toast ever again now."
"I've been doing this for years. I usually use a coffeecup. MAKE SURE YOU COVER BOWL/CUP or you'll have egg all over your microwave!"
"This is a trial and error recipe. Read all the reviews so knew not to skip the tooth pick to the yolk and despite piercing the yolk with a tooth pick the very first one exploded at 50 seconds. Try number two poked the yolk six times (making sure it does not blowup again) and at 50 second pulled out to find it was cooked solid. Third try I poked six times cooked 30 seconds which was not done so cook 10 seconds longer giving me a nice sold poached egg. Thanks for the post."
"Worked perfectly - 77 seconds !! No explosions thankfully - thanks to all the warnings !!"