Microwave poached egg is not only delicious, but it is by far, the healthiest method for cooking eggs. Because microwaving poached egg does not involve frying, you don’t need to add any fat to cook it in. Also, by microwave poaching the egg, there’s less exposure to heat which may destroy some of the eggs nutrients.
I decided to try cooking poached eggs in the microwave to see if it would be easier than cooking them in a saucepan. The first time I tried poaching eggs in a pot, the bubbling effect of the boiling water tore the egg to shreds. I was left with a soup of stringy, white strands of egg albumen which looked liked the aftermath of a mass marine-life mating frenzy.
Cooking poached egg in the microwave is very, very easy to get right. I was impressed with how tidy the end result was compared with the straggly looking saucepan method and I was extremely satisfied with the consistency and the taste. Follow these simple instructions to make yourself the best poached egg you’ve ever had using your microwave.
- A small Pyrex or microwave dish with a lid
- 1 fresh whole egg
- 200 ml or 1/2 cup water
Select your microwave oven's power to get the correct timing
Total Cooking Time = 3 mins, 0 secs
- Pour the water into a bowl
- Crack the egg into the water being careful not to break it up
- Cover the dish and place it into the microwave
- Cook for 2 1/2 to 3 minutes at 75% power
To Serve Microwave Poached Egg
Remove the egg from the dish with a slotted spoon to drain off the water. No salt is needed which means it'll be healthier for you but you can sprinkle a little black pepper over it if you like.
Microwave Poached Egg Tips
To keep the microwave poached egg in one piece, try stirring the water first to create a vortex in the bowl. The movement of the water keep the raw egg together.
Another method for keeping the poached egg together when cooking it in the microwave is to add a spoonful of vinegar to the water before adding the egg. This method will affect the flavour of the microwave poached egg but many people say they actually enjoy it more this way.
As with any microwave recipe, the timings for cooking your microwave poached egg may differ depending on the power of the microwave you use. This recipe was created using a 900 W microwave so if you use lower powered microwave you'll need to add a few seconds to the cooking time. Also, it is said that poached egg should generally be cooked so that the white is firm and the yolk is runny. I actually prefer a firmer yolk but if you prefer yours runnier, then reduce the cooking time accordingly.