Perfect Poached Eggs

Perfect Poached Eggs

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.


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.


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Product Size

  • Medium Shallow
  • Large Shallow
  • Medium Deep
  • Large Deep

Prep Time

30 seconds

Cook Time

4 mins

Free Time

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  1. Fill the Medium Shallow Anyday Dish with tap water up to the crease of the bowl. (Note: this much water is necessary to make sure the eggs are fully submerged!)
  2. Crack eggs into the Anyday dish. Cover with the lid (knob lifted).
  3. Cook in the microwave for 3:30-4:30 minutes. Gently press the egg yolk to check that the eggs are 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!
  4. Immediately remove eggs from 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. 
  • 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.
  • You can use a different Anyday dish size, but make sure that the eggs are fully submerged in water. You may need to increase cook times if there’s more water in the dish than this recipe calls for. 
  • Garnish with chopped chives, fresh salsa, or smoked sea salt. 
  • Great for adding to a bowl of ramen. 
  • Microwave ovens vary, even with the same wattages. Adjust cooking times as needed.