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CRULL Wed 15-May-19 21:40:19

I love poached eggs and have finally perfected after a lot of trial and error what I think is the best way to poach eggs in the microwave.

I have used this method to poach 4-5 eggs at the same time and all of them being cooked consistently the same.

Purchase a plastic bowl that is microwave safe that will hold 3-5 eggs comfortably. You could use a glass bowl but it will be too hot to handle.

Fill the bowl with water around 3/4" from the edge.

Pour in some white vinegar.

Put the bowl in the microwave on high for roughly 4-5 minutes or until the water just starts to boil.

Take the bowl out and gently crack the eggs into the water.

The whites will start to cook.

Take a large spoon and gently swirl the water in the bowl. Move the spoon around the outside of the eggs so you don't break the yokes.

This doesn't have to be done very long. This will help the eggs to all have even cooking.

Put the bowl back in the microwave for another 1-3/4 - 2 minutes on high. Time depends on how many eggs and how much water is in the bowl.

Take the bowl out of the microwave and the eggs should be done or very close to being done. Gently swirl the water again.

Fold up some paper towels or napkins on a plate or the lid of the bowl which is what I do.

Use the large spoon and take each egg out of the water and place them on the napkin to drain. Use a napkin to blot the water off the eggs.

Empty the water out of the bowl.

Gently lift all the eggs on the paper towel like a cradle and place them back into bowl.

Season to taste and enjoy perfect poached eggs.

NanaandGrampy Wed 15-May-19 21:41:34

Or you could put 2 inches of water in a pan on the stove , break in egg, wait until β€˜set’ - serve !!


Jane10 Wed 15-May-19 21:51:28

What a palaver! I just break the eggs into a plastic bowl and put them in the egg boiler. Perfect eggs in minutes. Simples.
I really don't like poached eggs that have had vinegar in the water. Sometimes get them in hotels.

Bathsheba Wed 15-May-19 22:02:11

I put a very small amount of white wine vinegar in the water, about a teaspoon, then swirl the water just before adding the egg(s). The trick is to keep the water just below boiling.

I can honestly say I've never noticed any difference in taste with the addition of the vinegar.

Alternatively I pierce the shells and cook them in my Instant Pot (electric pressure cooker, just as I would for hard boiled eggs, but only for a couple of minutes instead of 5 or 6. Peel and break open on toast. Perfect - no white 'fluff' or wastage!

MiniMoon Wed 15-May-19 22:10:57

I don't like poached eggs! 😱

Gonegirl Wed 15-May-19 22:21:22

Prefer soft boiled myself. Love soft boiled.

MawBroonsback Wed 15-May-19 22:22:25

I echo the comment that this is a palaver.
I bring a small pan of water to the boil , add a dash of vinegar, swirl the water with a wooden spoon, add the egg or eggs, turn the heat down and when the White is setting, lift out with a slotted spoon onto freshly made toast.

gillybob Wed 15-May-19 22:50:20

I heat a pan of water and crack my eggs into cling film, twist the tops and pop into the hot water. Easy peasy.

Bathsheba Wed 15-May-19 23:02:42

Do you mean you cook the eggs in the cling film gillybob? Are you sure that’s safe? Plastic leaching into the food and so on... hmm

Cabbie21 Wed 15-May-19 23:34:11

I melt a bit of butter in a glass dish in the microwave, add the egg, cover with a piece of kitchen roll, cook for 1 minute on 70% power, pause and check, continue a bit longer if need be, allow to finish cooking outside the microwave.
This is for one or two eggs at most. Serve.