How to poach an egg in the microwave without it exploding … kitchen helper


Yes, it’s possible!  This is a really handy trick if you want a poached egg in a hurry and can’t be bothered getting out a saucepan, bringing the water to the boil and so on.  And there’s very little washing up.


1.   Put half a cup of cold tap water in a microwave-safe mug or cup. 

2.   Crack in an egg being careful not to break the yolk.

3.   Place a saucer on top of the mug or cup making sure that it covers the whole opening.

4.   Microwave on high for 30 seconds and then carefully lift the saucer, opening away from you so the steam doesn’t escape quickly and possibly scald you.

5.   If the white has turned fully white your egg will be poached. It there are only streaks of white, return the mug with the saucer back on, to the microwave and microwave on high for another 10 seconds. If still not done, repeat in 10 second increments until the egg white is white. The egg yolk will still be runny inside.


All microwaves vary in their power output. Once you have experimented a few times you will know the exact number of seconds your microwave takes to poach an egg.


Tip: If you like a fully done yolk, you will need to pierce the yolk with a fine skewer, before you microwave it, or else it will explode due to the steam build up in the yolk. The yolk should remain encapsulated within the white.

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