Start your morning with this Microwave Poached Eggs recipe and you'll be on your way in a no time flat. Enjoy them on biscuits, toast or english muffins for a sandwich you can grab and or enjoy for breakfast and brunch.
Easy Microwave Poached Eggs Recipe
While poached eggs are a simple dish, they can be a bit intimidating to cook on the stovetop. I totally get it, sometimes they work and sometimes they don't. They do need attending to while they're cooking for the best result and there's no argument at all about how delicious a poached egg can be. This technique for making them in the microwave is one anyone can make, and if you're looking for a low carb option this microwave egg recipe can't be beat.
How to Make the Best Microwave Poached Eggs Recipe
The beauty of this technique for cooking eggs is you can adapt the time to each person's preference. If you like a soft or runny yolk, you can shorten the cooking time and allow less stand time. Likewise, if you like a solid yolk, you can allow it to stand in the hot water longer after cooking. Once you tweak it to your taste you'll never look back.
- Ingredients you'll need to make homemade Microwave Poached Eggs: Tap water, white distilled vinegar, large eggs, salt and pepper.
- Kitchen gadgets you'll need: A microwave safe 10 ounce ceramic ramekin, 10 ounce coffee mug (or larger, not smaller), measuring cup and spoons, 1000 Watt microwave and a toothpick or metal skewer to gently pierce the yolk.
- Make a special effort to make sure you're only using microwave safe ramekins, cups, bowls and saucer.
- Please note: If you're using a higher wattage microwave simply adjust the cooking time and cook in shorter increments. Likewise, if the microwave has a lower wattage it may take longer for the eggs to poach. Use the cooking time as a road map and adjust according to your personal taste.
- Room temperature eggs work best for this recipe. That being said, if there's no time to bring them to room temperature, you can certainly grab an egg from the refrigerator in a pinch.
- It's important to lift the saucer per the recipe to allow the steam to escape at certain intervals.
- If you like a runny yolk, you can adjust the cooking time to accommodate. This is one of those recipes that can be adapted to suit your taste and the wattage of the appliance you're using.
- Why use vinegar for poached eggs? Just as when making classic poached eggs, vinegar in the water helps the egg white to coagulate and hold together. It works exactly the same in the microwave.
- The purpose of gently pricking the yolk with the end of a toothpick is to prevent it from exploding while cooking. The egg should be completely covered with water and once pricked, the yolk should not leak out. There's no need to pierce all the way through the yolk just a tiny hole in the top will suffice.
- Pictured eggs are cooked for 50 seconds with 1 minute stand time. Always check the wattage of your appliance and adjust to your personal taste. If you like a solid yolk, 1 minute cook time and at least 1 minute stand time, maybe longer. Again, this all depends on the wattage of your appliance.
- Use a fork or slotted spoon to remove the eggs from the container once cooked. Be careful as the water will be hot.
- This technique shouldn't yield leftovers since it can be made one egg at a time. Should you overmake you can store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
More Easy Egg Recipes to Make
Eggs are affordable and readily available. To me, an egg sandwich after a busy day can be like a bite of comfort food because they're easy to make and eat. More recipes featuring eggs you may like to try:
- Canadian Bacon Egg Rolls are an open faced option that you can grab and eat on the run.
- Loaded Bacon and Egg Hash Brown Muffins are topped with a dollop of whipped cream, crumbled bacon and green onions.
- The kids and adults will love this Sausage and Egg Breakfast Pizza.
- Ham and Egg Bubble Up is a crowd pleasing casserole.
- Use these microwave poached eggs to make easy homemade Eggs Benedict with Blender Hollandaise Sauce.
- Egg in a Hole from Dinner then Dessert.