How to Poach an Egg in a Microwave

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Poaching eggs is one of those old tricks that just seems too difficult in today's modern world, but never fear. You can now poach and serve gourmet eggs in a matter of minutes using your microwave. If you have yet to perfect your egg poaching skills, a few tips will help.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Small glass cup or dessert bowl
  • Clean, fresh water
  • White vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  • Egg
  • Toothpick
  • Plastic wrap
  • Microwave
  • Oven mit
  • Slotted spoon
  • Salt and pepper

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Fill a small glass cup or dessert bowl 1/3 of the way to the top with clean, fresh water. Add a splash of white vinegar or apple cider vinegar, depending on your taste.

  2. 2

    Crack an egg carefully and drop it into the water. Leave the egg as it is if you would like the yolk runny, or use a toothpick to poke a small hole in the yoke if you prefer the egg cooked through. Cover the dish loosely with a piece of plastic wrap and place it in your microwave.

  3. 3

    Set your microwave for one minute on medium heat and listen carefully. Depending on the wattage and type of microwave, poaching may take more or less than one minute. You will know the egg is done when you begin to hear popping noises.

  4. 4

    Remove the bowl using oven mits and remove your poached egg from the water carefully with a slotted spoon. Serve the poached egg immediately, seasoning with a bit of salt and pepper.

Tips and warnings

  • Make sure that you remove the egg from the hot water as soon as possible, as the egg will continue to cook in the hot water.
  • You may need to experiment with cooking times and techniques to get your perfectly poached egg. Depending on your microwave, you may find that flipping your egg halfway through the cooking process with give you a better poached egg.

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