Kitchen hack: How to poach eggs in the microwave


1 minutes

14 May 2021

Perfect poached eggs are within your reach at home. Sports dietitian Julie Meek shares an easy, one-minute trick.

Eggs are full of vitamins, minerals and good quality protein, making them a great healthy choice for breakfast, snacks or tossed over a salad.1

But poaching an egg can take a bit of skill, time and effort. This microwave trick makes it easy – and it only takes around a minute.


  1. Fill a coffee mug to ¾ full with water and gently crack an egg into the water.
  2. Cover with a small plate (just in case there’s an egg explosion no one will want to clean up!) and place into the microwave.
  3. Cook on high for 1 minute. If the egg needs a little longer, cook for another 10 seconds at a time until it's ready.
  4. Gently remove the egg from the mug with a slotted spoon and serve on your favourite slice of toast.

Tip: The exact cooking time will vary depending on your microwave and the size and age of the egg – you might need to play around to find the perfect time for you.

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This article contains general information only and does not take into account the health, personal situation or needs of any person. In conjunction with your GP or treating health care professional, please consider whether the information is suitable for you and your personal circumstances.