How to Poach an Egg in the Microwave?
There are a number of methods you could use to cook a poached egg, in this article we will show you how to poach an egg in the Microwave, yes a microwave.
A perfect poached egg is the dream of many egg lovers and often the perfect way to start the day. However many people think its a difficult cooking technique to master and simply avoid giving it a try, which results in them missing out on a delicious meal.
Why Use a Microwave?
By poaching an egg you will be turning a simple ingredient into an impressive dish. However, for some people using a pan to cook poached eggs can be a difficult skill to master. Using a microwave is a less intimidating way of cooking a poached egg.
And for some people, generally those who do not have access to a stove like College students a microwave is a convenient non-stove top solution to prepare poached eggs quickly.
Ingredients and Equipment
A poached egg is one of the simplest egg dished you will every cook. You need very few ingredients to get it right.
- 1 Egg
- 1/2 cup of water
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Microwave Safe Mug or a Microwave Egg Poacher
Microwave Egg Poacher
Instead of using a mug to cook your poached egg you could get a poacher cup designed for this specific task. The are lots of models out there, when doing our research we came across the easy to use Joseph Joseph M-Cuisine Microwave Egg Poacher. With this model you can cook up to 2 poached eggs at any time using your microwave. And with the slotted colanders that come with the unit it is easy to drain the poached eggs once they are cooked. Click here to see the Joseph M-Cuisine Microwave Egg Poacher at Amazon.
The Cooking Process: Step by Step
Before you start to cook ensure you have a suitable microwave safe mug with a lid or a Microwave Egg Poacher. If you using a mug and your not sure whether the mug is microwave safe just lift the mug and you should see the statement “microwave safe” on the underside of the mug.
You will need to cover the mug with a suitable lid, ideally one that was supplied with the mug. If you have no lid then use a small plate or saucer that is “microwave safe”. Never use foil in a microwave. The lid will ensure that as the cooking cycle progresses that the egg is heated sufficiently so it poaches perfectly. The lid will also protect the microwave in the event an egg explodes.
As a rule of thumb you don’t add too much water. With the 1/2 cup of water you measured out earlier pour the measured water into the mug. You might not need to use all the water since the goal is that you want to cover the eggs by no more then an inch of water.
Now you will need to add the egg, crack the egg into the mug ensuring you do not break the egg yolk. If the egg does not have more then an inch of water above it pour in some more water. At this point you may want to add salt and pepper for extra flavor.
Place the filled mug into your microwave and ensure that it is cover by a lid. Close the microwave door and then set the timer for 60 seconds at the High setting. As soon as the cooking cycle finishes carefully remove the lid and mug from the microwave.
To ensure the egg is cooked before removing it from the microwave if it looks under done then replace the lid and microwave it for another 10-15 seconds. Once your happy, remove the mug from the microwave and use a spoon to remove the poached egg from the mug. The mug and lid will be hot so take appropriate precautions to not burn yourself. Then serve and eat.
Related: Microwave Egg Cooker Buyers Guide
How long to poach an egg in Microwave?
The amount of time it will take to cook a poached egg will vary because the cooking time will be influenced by the size of the egg and the power of the microwave you use. Generally it will take between 50 – 90 seconds, so my advice would be to experiment with differing cooking times until your happy with the resulting poached eggs.
How to Cook 2 or more Poached eggs
So far we have talked about how you can cook a single poached egg in the microwave, but what would you have to do to cook 2 eggs? You could use a large microwave safe bowl, however it would be easier to use a specially designed utensil like the Joseph M-Cuisine Microwave Egg Poacher.
Do Microwave poached eggs explode?
It is possible for any eggs cooked in a microwave to explode due to the fact that the microwave rapidly cooks the egg. The speed at which the egg is cooked means that as the egg yolk is heated it leads to steam building up within the yolk of the egg. As the pressure builds up within the yolk and there is nowhere for the steam to escape to eventually the egg yolk could explode.
Generally this is more likely to happen during your initial experimental phase when your trying to find the best time and settings for your cooking cycle. To reduce the impact of an exploding egg you should always use a lid especially if you choose to use a Microwave safe mug.