The best microwave poached egg makers and how to use them

Start your day right with a poached egg maker.

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by Sophie Knight |
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Is there anyone out there who can actually cook a perfect poached egg every time? If like most of us, the answer is no, prepare to be mind-blown.

A microwave poached egg maker is a game-changing kitchen gadget if you’re on a budget and you aren't on the hunt for anything fancy. In just minutes, you can whip up perfectly runny eggs that look like they’ve come from a restaurant. No pans are needed!

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Most are nifty little plastic devices that usually have two rounded cups, suitable for two eggs. They’re extremely cheap to replace should you need to, and we’re crowning it the easiest way to poach your perfect egg.

How to use a microwave poached egg maker

One: Fill the rounded cups just below halfway with water. If you have more rounded cups than you intend to use, just ignore the ones you don’t need, it won’t impact the process.

Two: Pop the lid back on and put it into the microwave on full power for 60 seconds. During this time the water will start to boil and bubble… it means it’s working!

Three: Once the timer is up, remove the egg maker from the microwave. Be careful, as it’ll likely be very hot, and the water will be boiling. Remove the lid, place your eggs gently into the water and reseal the lid once again.

Four: This next part depends purely on a) how you like your eggs (in the morning) and b) what your individual egg poacher recommends in terms of timings. Typically, it’s recommended to put the poacher back in the microwave for 120 seconds, but you can usually gauge how cooked your eggs are by looking through the lid, or pausing every so often to check. For a runny egg, you’ll be looking at around 80 seconds.

Five: Once you’re happy with how soft or hard your eggs are, simply plate up with your favourite kind of buttered toast.

Here are some of the best microwave poached egg makers to buy

Best double egg poacher
Easy Cook NS606R Microwave Poached Egg Maker
Price: $15.83

Cheap and cheerful, this Easy Cook egg maker can cook two eggs at once, and is also stain-resistant and dishwasher-friendly, making it easy to clean. It also has the handy bonus of a clear lid, so you can monitor your eggs during cooking.

This kitsch little device allows you to not only have four eggs on the go at once but cooks them into adorable heart shapes, too. This one does take longer to cook eggs due to its size (around 10 minutes), but also doubles up as a handy omelette maker.

Best luxury egg poacher

Part of the Morphy Richards MICO range, this is a pretty chic offering as far as microwave poached egg makers go. Not only is it sturdy, but it also has cool-touch silicone, so thereu2019s little danger of scalding yourself. Itu2019s dishwasher-safe, and you can even try your hand at making fried eggs in it, as well as poached.

If speed is your top priority when it comes to poaching eggs, these ProCook pods are perfect. They come in sets of two, but hold individual eggs u2013 and best of all, in just 40 seconds you can be tucking in. Itu2019s dishwasher-safe and comes with a one year guarantee for extra peace of mind if youu2019re a beginner.

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