How to Make Microwave Poached Eggs

Did you know that you could create poached eggs in the microwave? 

How simple this is to do will astound you. It happens quickly. Did you know that upscale restaurants frequently prepare poached eggs using this specific technique?

One of my favorite things about this poached egg dish is that even young children can cook them without worrying about burning themselves or the stove.

What do you need to make microwave poached eggs?

  • a microwave-safe mug or bowl
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • an egg

How do you make poached eggs in the microwave?

Crack the egg into the mug, then pour in the water. To make this work, make sure the egg doesn’t crack. This is the tough part right now. 

How to make poached eggs

The first few times, you’ll need to treat this as experimental. 

The cook time is rather unpredictable and solely dependent upon your microwave. 68 seconds worked best for me in keeping the egg yolk runny and fully cooking the egg white.

How to make poached eggs

I’ve read instances when 70 seconds is OK, however, when I follow that advice, my egg yolk becomes hard. My egg white was still a touch runny after 60 seconds of cooking. I advise you to start with 60–65 seconds and observe what results from you obtain. Then, you ought to be able to focus on it.

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When the egg is done cooking, carefully remove it from the water using a slotted spoon. Before placing it on the plate, I give it a very gentle shake to get rid of any extra water. Rinse the cup, add fresh water, and use the same procedure to make two eggs. 

Cooking time and Yield

  • Prep Time: 1 Minute
  • Total Time: 2 Minutes 8 Seconds
  • Cook Time: 1 Minute 8 Seconds
  • Servings: Person

Nutrition Facts:

  • Calories: 72
  • Total fat: 5g
    • Saturated fat: 2g
    • Trans fat: 0g
    • Unsaturated fat: 3g
  • Cholesterol: 186mg
  • Sodium: 76mg
  • protein: 6g

Is it safe to microwave poached eggs?

Yes. Microwaved eggs are as safe and nutritious as a stove or oven-cooked eggs, if not more so. Depending on how long you cook them for and what you prepare them with, using a microwave may increase the nutritional content of an egg.

You lose some nutrients when you cook eggs, whether you microwave, fry, or bake them. According to Harvard Medical School, the ideal cooking method for nutrient retention entails heating meals for the least length of time and using as little liquid as feasible. Microwaves do just that.

What mistakes to avoid when microwaving eggs?

There are a few measures you should take to guarantee a pleasant cooking experience, including:

Do not superheat

Superheated refers to a liquid that has been heated over its boiling point without showing indications of boiling. Any movement might cause a superheated liquid to explode from its container. To avoid burns, you should avoid overheating any liquid in the microwave.

Always use microwave-safe containers

This guideline applies to whatever your microwave to cook or reheat. 

Glass, ceramic, and paper plates that are free of plastics are examples of safe containers. Aluminum foil, metal containers, and some plastic containers should not be microwaved.

Do not cook eggs in an un-pierced shell

If you pierce the bottom of the shell first, you can prepare a hard-boiled egg in the microwave. However, as previously stated, to avoid an egg explosion, you should boil your eggs on the stovetop rather than microwaving them in the shell.

To prevent splattering, puncture the yolk and white it several times or totally whisk the egg.

I am Chef Harunur Rashid Azim. I inherited my family's love of cooking at a young age. I graduated from the Institute of Culinary Education in London, UK, with determination and passion to become a chef. Follow me on Twitter: @RashidIsChef, FB: Azim

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