Perfect Poached Eggs

// Perfect Poached Eggs

Prep Time

30 seconds

Cook Time

4-5 mins

Free Time

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Once you poach eggs in the microwave, you’ll never go back to making them on the stovetop. It may take a try or two to dial it in for your microwave wattage, but once it’s right, you’ll get perfectly set whites and runny yolks every time. You may even start poaching eggs on weekday mornings!

All of Anyday’s recipes are tested (and retested!) in many different microwaves and home kitchens to make sure they work — and work well.

What You’ll Need

What You’ll Need

The Small Dish


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Select your serving size and microwave wattage in the dropdown. The recipe will change accordingly.


Select your microwave wattage in the dropdown. The cook times in this recipe will automatically change accordingly.


To find your microwave’s wattage, look at the front panel, the side of the door, in the back, in the user manual, or Google the model number. If both an input and output wattage are listed, use the output.

Wattage translates to how powerful the microwave is. The higher the wattage, the faster your food will cook. The lower the wattage, the longer the cook time.

When in doubt, start with less time — you can always add more.

Microwave oven by power - 700w



The Small Dish


  • 1 large egg
  • cups (350ml) cold tap water
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar (optional)


  1. Add water and vinegar (if using) to the Anyday dish. Carefully crack the egg into the water and cover with the lid (knob lifted).
  2. Cook in the microwave at Power Level 7

    Certain foods cook best in the microwave at lower power levels. 


    Different microwaves have different settings. See your microwave manual (or look it up online) to learn how to change your microwave’s power level.

    For many microwaves: enter the cook time, press the “Power” (or “Power Level”) button, and select a number between 1-10. Other microwaves may require selecting the Power Level first, and then entering the cook time.

    Microwaves list power levels in different ways. Here’s a guide to help you adjust:

    PL 10 = 100% = High (default)

    PL 9 = 90% = High

    PL 8 = 80% = Med-High

    PL 7 = 70% = Med-High

    PL 6 = 60% = Medium

    PL 5 = 50% = Medium

    PL 4 = 40% = Med-Low

    PL 3 = 30% = Med-Low

    PL 2 = 20% = Low

    PL 1 = 10% = Low

    You will know if the power level has been successfully changed if you hear periodic changes in the microwave’s tone after it begins cooking.

    for 4-5 minutes. Gently press the egg yolk to check that the egg is done to your liking, and add more time in 30-second increments if needed. Better to start with less time since you can always add more!
  3. Immediately remove the egg from the water using a slotted spoon. Drain each egg and blot with a paper towel to remove excess moisture. Serve right away!

Serving suggestions & tips

  • The eggs will keep cooking if you leave them in the water. Remove them from the hot water immediately, or if you’re not eating right away, gently place them in a bowl of cold water to stop the cooking.
  • Quantity matters! Fewer eggs will take slightly less time to cook. More eggs will take slightly more time to cook.
  • Garnish with chopped chives, fresh salsa, or smoked sea salt.
  • Great for adding to a bowl of ramen.

Recipe notes

  • Make sure that the eggs are fully submerged in water and aren't poking above water (especially if you have extra large eggs)! When microwaves come in direct contact with whole eggs, it can cause the egg to explode.
  • Adding vinegar can help keep the whites in place and reduce “flyaways”.
  • While you can poach eggs in the Deep Dishes, the narrow bottom might cause the eggs to stick together and take longer to cook. We recommend using a Shallow dish to poach eggs!
  • Microwave ovens vary, even with the same wattages. Adjust cooking times as needed.

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