Microwave Poached eggs give you a perfectly poached egg in about a minute! If you’re like me, you love your eggs buttery soft and a touch on the runny in the very middle (poached medium)! Read on for tips on how to achieve the perfect poached eggs made in the microwave for a quick breakfast or lunch.

Poached eggs are the perfect addition to just about any breakfast. They’re delicious on eggs benedict, crepes, plain toast, or avocado toast!

Poached egg on a piece of toast with avocado

What is a Poached Egg?

Traditional poached eggs are made by cracking an egg and gently cooking, with yolk intact, in simmering water (instead of frying in oil). Poaching has several advantages over frying and soft boiling:

  • It’s easier to keep the yolk whole because there is no flipping.
  • It’s a better way to serve eggs on top of toast or English muffins. The white cooks up silky soft with a flattened bottom and an intact yolk.

Egg and water in a glass bowl for poached eggs

How to Poached an Egg in the Microwave

Poached eggs aren’t as daunting as they seem, especially this easy microwave recipe. It makes these perfect avocado toast toppers a cinch! To make microwaved poached eggs:

  1. Add the water and vinegar to a microwave safe bowl
  2. Crack the egg into the bowl and gently poke the yolk a few times with a toothpick. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap.
  3. Microwave for 1 minute, and an additional 15-20 seconds depending on how you like your eggs cooked. I love them on the softer side when they’re on toast, but it’s totally up to you!

Because microwaves vary so much, it make take you one or two tries to figure out the exact timing for your own microwave.

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How Long to Poach an Egg in the Microwave

1 minute will be the base amount of time to get a soft poach, but it depends on the wattage of your microwave, the bowl you use, and the size of your eggs.

If you’re adding time (I suggest adding it in 5-10 second intervals), watch the egg carefully to ensure it doesn’t overcook. Adding just a few seconds will cook the egg more than you might expect. Remember to remove it from the water right away so it doesn’t continue to cook.

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Microwave Poached Eggs

A perfectly poached egg in just about a minute.
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 2 minutes
Servings 1 serving
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  • 1 egg
  • teaspoon white vinegar
  • ½ cup water


  • Add water and vinegar to a microwavable dish (I used a measuring cup)
  • Crack egg into the water and gently poke yolk 4-5 times with a toothpick. Cover with plastic wrap.
  • Microwave 1 minute.  Check egg and cook an additional 15-20 seconds if needed. Remove from water immediately to stop it from cooking.


Microwaves and cook times can vary as can personal preference with cook on the egg. Start with 1 minute and check the egg. If it's not quite set enough for you, cook it 5-15 seconds more. Once you've made it once or twice, you should be able to get the time for your own microwave (and egg preferences) down.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 63 | Protein: 5g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 163mg | Sodium: 68mg | Potassium: 60mg | Vitamin A: 240IU | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 0.8mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American

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    1. I haven’t tried this with 2 eggs, I would think you will need to increase cook time but I can’t say for sure how long or how it will work. If you try it I would love to hear how it turns out!

  1. Thank you for this straightforward recipe and especially the measurements for the water and vinegar. Worked perfectly.5 stars

  2. I am a tween and I made this myself without any help I did a minute and 20 secs in the microwave and it worked great! 5 stars

  3. First attempt: Didn’t read all the instructions and the thing blew up.

    Second attempt: Poked with toothpick, but still didn’t read all the instructions… 45 seconds I heard the egg make a small explosion. Took it out. Perfect!

    Next time, will use plastic wrap. Lol

    1. Sorry to hear that CL, did you poke the eggs with a toothpick? Step 2 says to gently poke yolk 4-5 times with a toothpick.

  4. These were very good. I did 4 little bowls at one. It took about 3 minutes and I did over cook them a little but still good. I will try this again some day and hopefully get it right.5 stars

  5. The egg came out nicely. I am wondering if you can use the same water to make an additional egg or if you need to start over each time. Thanks for sharing.4 stars

  6. The poached egg came out great — thanks so much. I especially appreciated the tip for the type of glass bowl to cook it in, as that size resulted in just the right size for English-muffin sandwich. Note: I used apple-cider vinegar and it tasted fine.5 stars

  7. Hi,
    Your recipe is much like my own, but mine was always hit or miss. Yours is very precise. For example, use 1/2 cup water and 1/8 tsp of vinegar. I would splash in some vinegar and splash in some water and sometimes, the egg tasted too vinegary. Knowing exactly how much to use every single time is nice to know. The timing is more precise too. Thank you for bothering to offer a recipe that makes life easier even though it is very basic.5 stars

    1. I haven’t tried this with 3 eggs, I would think you will need to increase cook time but I can’t say for sure how long or how it will work.