How to Poach an Egg in a Plastic Microwave Egg Poacher

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How to Poach an Egg in a Plastic Microwave Egg Poacher
The microwave makes quick work of poached eggs. (poached egg and asparagus image by Freeze-frame Photography from

The microwave has changed how we cook many foods, and eggs are no exception. While you can easily poach an egg in a cup or custard dish, many plastic microwave egg poachers are on the market as well. These poachers are simple to use and let you to serve poached eggs in 2 to 3 minutes. Most egg poachers are sold as two-egg models, but you can also find models for single or multiple eggs.

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Things you need

  • Non-stick spray
  • Measuring spoons
  • Fork or sharp-tipped knife

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  1. 1

    Spray the cups in the egg poacher with non-stick spray.

  2. 2

    Measure 1/2 tsp of water into each cup.

  3. 3

    Break a single egg into each cup of the poacher.

  4. 4

    Pierce the yolk of the egg once with the tine of a fork or the tip of a sharp knife. This will keep the egg from exploding in your microwave.

  5. 5

    Close the lid on the poacher and microwave on high for 60 to 90 seconds. The exact time depends on the power of the microwave.

  6. 6

    Remove the poacher from the microwave and let the eggs rest for 1 to 2 minutes, depending on how well done you want the yolk.

Tips and warnings

  • The eggs will continue to cook after the microwave cycle.
  • Non-stick spray will make the eggs slide from the poacher easily.

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