Best Poached Egg in Microwave recipe – cooking with Geoffmobile

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Geoff from shows his recipe for the perfect microwaved poached egg. Yum! :)

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How to make poached eggs in the microwave – This is a quick easy way to enjoy a poached egg without all the fuss. Look out for the “explosion” at around 2:59 in the video :)

Do NOT place any metal objects inside the microwave. This will destroy your microwave and can cause a fire.


You will need:
– a microwave oven
– a raw egg (preferably free range or free run, organic if you want)
– 4 or 5 tablespoons of cold water
– salt and pepper
– a paper towel
– a microwave-safe ceramic drinking mug
– a knife with a sharp point
– a large spoon
– a serving bowl

Crack the raw egg into a microwave-safe ceramic mug. Use a knife (that has a sharp point) to gently pierce the top of egg yolk in two places. Add 4 or 5 tablespoons of cold water all around the egg. Place a paper towel on top of the mug. Microwave on full power for 50 seconds. If your microwave is stronger than average, try a shorter time first, and then add time if needed. When desired texture is reached, remove from microwave. Use a large spoon to remove the egg from the bowl, drain the water, and place egg in a serving dish or on top of toast. Enjoy!

May want to vary the cooking time depending on the strength of your microwave or the desired softness of the egg (microwave for a shorter time for a softer or more runny egg).

Please let me know how it worked for you. Feel free to send me your photos, let’s see what you made!!


Recipe inspired from the excellent book, “Microwave Gourmet” by Barbara Kafka (first published in 1987).

Tips on buying a microwave:

You don’t need an expensive microwave, they are all pretty much the same, some are just stronger than others. I’d say if you are on a budget, a $50 microwave will do just fine, you don’t need a $200 microwave to make eggs or reheat food.

Only use microwave-safe bowls and microwave-safe plates.

Technical notes:
Filmed using a Sony Cybershot RX100 Mk2 camera. Audio recorded using a Zoom H1. Video edited in Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5 on a Windows 7 Dell PC (Intel i7 and USB 3.0 for a faster workflow). Audio edited using Audacity, W1 Limiter, SC4 compressor, High Pass Filter, and Equalizer.

Music notes:
The music in this video is by Vancouver electronic music band, Laundryman and is used with permission.

See you next time! :)

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