How To Poach An Egg In The Microwave

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The easiest poached eggs ever. Let me show you how to poach an egg in the microwave.  After microwave poached eggs that are cooked in water, you will use this method time and time again.

You will love that microwave poached eggs don’t require any special tools, just a bowl, some water and your eggs.

microwave poached eggs recipe
Microwave Poached Eggs Recipe

Microwave Poached Eggs Recipe

After sharing with you earlier this week how to cook soft boiled eggs in the microwave and hard boiled eggs in the microwave, it felt like the perfect time to show you how to master microwave poached eggs.

One of my favourite movies is Julie Vs Julia (check it out here). I love the concept of one person going through the favourite cook’s recipe book and trying them herself at home to improve her own French cooking.

The best bits are when she is trying to master the Julia Childs recipes and they fail or it’s the panic that such a recipe is too hard for what she would normally cook.

One of those featured that is outside of her comfort zone is poached eggs.

My chef hubby always rolls his eyes at that bit. Because as a chef, he could do it without even thinking and he often makes me flawless poached eggs.

But for many people poached eggs is hard, so when one our readers, that was loving our microwave month, said we must microwave a poached egg we jumped at the chance and followed his no fail method.

So, thanks Mr Baker for your great friendship and recipe suggestion and here is your microwave poached eggs!

Can You Poach An Egg In The Microwave?

Yes, you can. Poached eggs in the microwave are amazing, are fast and you don’t have to worry like you do with the pan on the stove that the temperature is wrong or they are not going to take.

Are Poached Eggs Safe?

Yes, poached eggs are safe. They are a lower calorie alternative to a fried egg and cook in water, rather than cooking in fat.

Because there is no fat and its just water, a poached egg carries the same calories as a boiled egg.

Poached Egg In Microwave With Water

You will notice there are many silicone egg cups available for microwaving poached eggs with. You really don’t need these, instead you can make poached eggs in the microwave with water.

You simply crack an egg into the water and microwave and it’s the most simple way to cook poached eggs ever!

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Microwave Poached Eggs Recipe Ingredients

Microwave Poached Eggs Recipe Ingredients

Eggs – I recommend doing up to 4 poached eggs at once in the microwave. Though you can do them in batches and they don’t take long in the microwave to cook.

Water – The poached eggs need to be cooked in a microwave safe container in water.

Bowl – You can use any bowl you like that is microwave safe. We went with a classic cereal bowl for this.

Optional – I recommend our air fryer toast to go with this recipe as poached eggs on toast are delicious. Though start getting your toast ready first, as you want to eat your eggs as soon as they are cooked.

Then for the kitchen gadgets that we have used in this microwave poached eggs recipe it has just been our Panasonic Microwave Oven. We have this one and its wonderful for many types of microwave recipes.

How To Make Poached Eggs In Microwave?

microwave poached eggs instructions
  • Pour. Grab your bowl and run your hot water tap until the water is hot like it is when you do washing up. Then pour the tap water into the bowl until its about ¾ full.
  • Eggs. Next crack your eggs into the warm water. I recommend for best results 1-2 large eggs.
  • Microwave. Then carefully place your bowl with the warm water and the eggs into the microwave. Microwave your poached eggs for 2 minutes on full power.
  • Serve. Then grab your poached eggs and serve over toast.

And I am sure you can see now how easy it is to do poached eggs in the microwave.

How Long To Poach Egg In Microwave?

The poached eggs microwave time is JUST 2 minutes. Though note, this is based on my 800W microwave and if you have a higher wattage microwave, you may be able to do yours in just 90 seconds.

We also poached two eggs at once, and if you had a larger bowl I am sure you could do 4 eggs at once.

Well Done Poached Egg

Confession time. When we first did our poached eggs, hoping for soft boiled, they were hard.

I.e. no dippy yolk.

What we did wrong was we were in the middle of taking photos and the poached eggs were sat for a few minutes.

You want well done poached eggs, then allow the egg to sit on your plate for 5 minutes before slicing and it will carry on cooking.

How To Poach An Egg In The Microwave

Your microwave poached egg recipe is below, note you can print it out with or without photos, adjust servings, or click between metric and imperial depending on where you are in the world.

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How To Poach An Egg In The Microwave
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How To Poach An Egg In The Microwave

The easiest poached eggs ever. Let me show you how to poach an egg in the microwave. After microwave poached eggs that are cooked in water, you will use this method time and time again.
Prep Time1 minute
Cook Time2 minutes
Total Time3 minutes
Course: Breakfast, Main Course
Cuisine: Microwave
Servings: 2
Calories: 63kcal


Kitchen Gadgets


  • Let your tap run until you have warm/hot water. Then pour into your microwave safe bowl.
    How To Make Poached Eggs In Microwave?
  • Crack 1-2 large eggs into the warm water.
    How To Make Poached Eggs In Microwave?
  • Then place the bowl into the microwave.
    How To Make Poached Eggs In Microwave?
  • Microwave your eggs for 2 minutes on full power.
    How To Make Poached Eggs In Microwave?
  • Once cooked quickly remove the eggs, place over toast, and slice into for the perfect yolk. Or leave 3-4 minutes if you would like a well done poached egg.
    How To Make Poached Eggs In Microwave?


Quantity – I recommend 1-2 eggs for an equal cook. You could do them in batches if feeding more or use a much bigger bowl.
Thanks for reading how to make a soft poached egg in the microwave on Recipe This. We have many more microwave recipes for you to check out next. Though if you would like some toast to go with your poached eggs do check out our air fryer toast recipe.


Calories: 63kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 164mg | Sodium: 62mg | Potassium: 61mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 238IU | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 1mg
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8 thoughts on “How To Poach An Egg In The Microwave”

  1. 5 stars
    I just made poached eggs in my microwave. I’ve never cooked anything in a microwave before, only used it to heat up or defrost. The eggs were great, although 2 minutes is a bit short for my take so next time I’ll do them for 2 mins. 30 secs. Thanks. Now if you have a really good recipe for hollandaise sauce that can be made in a microwave, that would be great. I love eggs benedict but they’re too much work.

    • Thanks Steve, glad you are finding other uses for your microwave. At the moment we have not got a recipe for hollandaise sauce but will be looking into it and see if it can be made in a microwave 🙂

    • Hi Cheryl,

      No they did not. Just make sure you stick to the times we have put in the recipe and also make sure you have adjusted the power correctly, our microwave is 750 watt maximum power so if yours is more then adjust the power accordingly 🙂

    • Hi Walter,

      I would start around 30 seconds and see what they are like and then add an extra 10 seconds until they are cooked how you like them 🙂

  2. 5 stars
    I just tried it. My microwave is 1000W, but the 2 min. period worked well (a little on the hard side, next time it will be the 90 sec. y’all specified) with my toasted bread slice. Thanks.


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