Last Updated on 16th May 2022 by Pauline
Which came first: the chicken or the egg?
From the chicken came everyone’s favorite: the fried chicken. You could also add its roasted variants and include the different chicken dishes coming from various parts of the world.
Meanwhile, you could also make a wide array of food from the different methods of cooking eggs! Do you want a simple breakfast staple? You could either make fried sunny-side-up eggs or an omelet with cheese! Wondering what to top your salad? Well, have a boiled egg to finish it up!
The possibilities with eggs are endless!
But the methods we just discussed were the typical “frying” and “boiling” methods of cooking eggs. Well, if you’re curious about another alternative to cooking eggs, let us introduce you to the technique of how to make poached eggs!
What is a Poached Egg?
Firstly—and technically—poaching eggs is not a different cooking method. You could say that it is a hybrid or a combination of preparing eggs’ frying and boiling methods!
A poached egg is a dish usually made with an egg carefully dropped from its shell into a pot of swirling, simmering, or boiling water mixed with vinegar.
Because of the swirling motion, the egg white wraps itself onto the yolk—resulting in a cooked, delicate egg white with a runny egg yolk inside it.
Overall, the poaching method of cooking eggs takes about three to five minutes.
What If I don’t have time to poach an egg?
What if we told you that you could make poached eggs in the microwave?
Since making poached eggs can be a tedious endeavor to execute, many people turn to the reliable microwave to make this delectable treat, as it offers the easiest way to make this versatile egg dish.
How to Cook Poached Eggs in the Microwave?
The first and most crucial step to do whenever you want to cook in your microwave is to ensure that the container you will be using is microwave safe.
Ensure that you remove any traces of metals, such as foil.
Once done, fill your microwaveable container with ½ cup of water. You could do this with a measuring cup.
Next, gently crack the egg into the microwave-safe container. Do not break the egg yolk while cracking the egg into the container. Check if the egg yolk is completely submerged in the water. If not, add at least ¼ cup of water to submerge the egg yolk thoroughly.
Place the container inside the microwave. Make sure to cover the container with a microwave-safe lid. Close the microwave and cook the egg for 2 ½ to 3 minutes at 75% microwave power.
Before formally serving your microwaved poached eggs, make sure that the egg, mainly the egg white, is cooked (it holds the egg together) since a poached egg’s egg white should be lightly robust while the yolk inside it is runny.
If this isn’t the case, return the egg to the microwave and cook for another 15-30 seconds.
Remove the egg from the microwaveable container and place your fresh poached eggs on a plate.
Season the egg with salt and pepper and serve as desired.
If you’re worried about how to keep your poached eggs in one piece, you could try stirring the water into a vortex before cracking the egg into it. You could also add a spoonful of vinegar into the water before dropping them.
Do not forget to use cold water as well! The water temperature should be about the same each time, or the cooking time of your poached eggs will be altered.
How to make Poached Eggs with Poachers in the Microwave?
You could also employ a microwaveable egg poacher if you want to cook a poached egg in the microwave successfully.
Just crack the egg in the poacher (poachers usually have two compartments). Drop one egg per compartment.
Some people prick the egg once. This is to avoid the egg from exploding inside the microwave.
Gently pour a tablespoon of water above each egg so that it won’t get undercooked.
Close the egg poacher and microwave for one minute.
Once done, place the poached eggs on a plate, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and serve.
How long to Cook Poached Eggs in the Microwave?
Usually, it only takes one to two minutes to cook poached eggs in a microwave.
However, you could only poach one egg at a time to ensure your success in making them since microwaveable containers are usually small.
Moreover, soft poached eggs can be microwaved for about one minute. On the other hand, hard poached eggs usually cook for 2 minutes inside the microwave.
How to Reheat Poached Eggs in the Microwave?
The microwave is usually the most reliable tool and method for reheating poached eggs—the process is easy and very convenient!
Just use a microwave-safe container filled with water. Let the water boil inside the microwave. Place the poached eggs in hot water for at least 120 seconds. Make sure to cover the container to retain the heat.
Season and serve to your liking.
Microwaved poached eggs are the perfect egg dish for those who can’t prepare breakfast, lunch, or dinner because of time constraints.
It is also a healthier alternative to your usual sunny-side-up or omelet dishes!