There aren’t a lot of cooking methods that I don’t like when it comes to eggs. I like them fried, scrambled, hard-boiled, soft-boiled, and so on. But if I had to choose a very favorite type, I would probably have to say it’s poached eggs! They’re just such a treat, because I hardly ever make them at home. When I’ve tried making them at home in the past, it has gone okay, but it’s just a finicky process. And I normally don’t have the time or patience in the morning for anything finicky! So poached eggs are mostly a dining-out-for-breakfast treat.
That is, until a few weeks ago, when some of my girlfriends and I took a girls’ trip to Nashville. We stayed in a gorgeous Airbnb rental and had a great time! But one morning, I noticed that a few of the ladies were microwaving something for breakfast. I asked what they were making, and to my great surprise, they told me they were making poached eggs! I was intrigued to say the least, so I had them show me how it’s done. It sounds too good to be true, but it totally works!
How To Make Poached Eggs In Your Microwave
- Microwave-safe mug or bowl
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 Tbsp white vinegar
- 1 egg
- Small microwave-safe plate
Gently crack an egg into a microwave-safe mug or bowl.
Pour the water and white vinegar over the egg, then place a small plate over the mug.
Microwave for 1 minute. (The cook time will vary from microwave to microwave. The microwave at our studio is an 1000-watt model, and I used full power. If your microwave has a lower wattage, you may need to increase the cook time. If your microwave has a higher wattage, you may want to use a lower power setting!)
After cooking, carefully remove the mug and plate from your microwave. Use a slotted spoon to check on the egg. If the white is set, it’s done! If it’s not quite set, put the mug and plate back into the microwave and cook for another 20 seconds. Repeat until the egg white has set.
Be sure to let the egg cool off a bit before piercing the yolk with a fork. Although, rare, it is possible for the the pressure in the yolk to release and spray hot egg into your face.
Serve your poached egg however you like! One of my favorite ways to eat them is on top of toast, with some arugula and cherry tomatoes if I’m feeling fancy. ;-)
I think it’s safe to say that now I know this quick and easy cooking method, I’ll be making poached eggs at home a lot more frequently! And a HUGE thanks to my girls for teaching me this trick!
What’s your favorite way to eat poached eggs?