The beauty of poaching eggs in the microwave is in its simplicity and speed. It eliminates the need for a pot and constant monitoring, making it a convenient option for busy mornings or those with limited kitchen equipment. Here’s what you’ll need.
- Fresh eggs
- Microwave-safe mug or bowl
- Salt (optional)
- White vinegar (optional, helps firm the egg whites)
- Fill your microwave-safe mug or bowl halfway with water. If you like, add a pinch of salt and a drop of vinegar.
- Gently crack an egg into the water-filled mug. Make sure it’s completely submerged.
- Place the mug in the microwave and cover it with a microwave-safe plate or lid. Microwave on high power for about 1 minute. The exact time may vary depending on your microwave’s wattage, so it might take a few tries to find the perfect timing.
- Carefully remove the mug from the microwave (it will be hot) and check the egg. The whites should be firm, and the yolk should be runny.
- If it’s not quite done, microwave it in 15-second intervals, checking after each.
- Once the egg is poached to your liking, gently lift it out of the water with a slotted spoon and serve.