How to Make Poached Eggs in the Microwave

Poached egg
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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
  • Water
  • Salt (optional)
  • White vinegar (optional, helps firm the egg whites)


  1. Fill your microwave-safe mug or bowl halfway with water. If you like, add a pinch of salt and a drop of vinegar. 
  2. Gently crack an egg into the water-filled mug. Make sure it’s completely submerged. 
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. If it’s not quite done, microwave it in 15-second intervals, checking after each.
  6. Once the egg is poached to your liking, gently lift it out of the water with a slotted spoon and serve.