How to perfectly poach an egg. | Fran Berger

Every home cook should know how to perfectly poach an egg. It is the perfect topper for avocado toast or a warm bowl of ramen. I want to let you in on my little secret- you can do this in less than a minute in your microwave. Seriously. And I think it comes out even better than with the fussy stovetop method. Check it out!


  1. Crack an egg on a flat surface to avoid getting any shell in the egg.
  2. Carefully place the cracked egg into a microwave-safe bowl.
  3. Add water to the bowl, making sure to cover the yolk of the egg.
  4. Microwave the bowl with the egg and water. The exact time will vary depending on the microwave's power. Start with 50 seconds and adjust accordingly through experimentation (e.g., 45 seconds or 60 seconds).
  5. Once the microwave is done, carefully remove the bowl using oven mitts or a towel to protect your hands. Use a slotted spoon to lift the poached egg out of the water in the bowl.
  6. Allow the excess water to drain off the egg by gently shaking the spoon.
  7. If desired, place the poached egg on a paper towel to remove any remaining moisture. Season the poached egg with salt, ground pepper, and chili flakes (optional).
  8. Your poached egg is now ready to be enjoyed!
  9. Please note that this method uses a microwave to poach the egg, which may result in a different texture compared to traditional stovetop poaching methods. 



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