While a poached or scrambled egg prepared in the microwave may have a slightly different texture than one cooked by the traditional stove-top method, the speed and simplicity of microwave cooking makes this a likable option -- especially for kids in the kitchen, busy mornings, office lunches, or no-hassle dinners.
How to Poach an Egg in the Microwave
Tip: You can microwave the egg on 100 percent power (high) instead of 80 percent power for 50 seconds. Because the egg yolk cooks faster than the white, it may be more solid before the white is cooked.
How to Scramble an Egg in the Microwave
1. In a small microwave-safe dish, such as a custard cup, whisk one large egg with a fork. Add 1 tablespoon milk or water and a pinch of salt. Whisk with the fork until thoroughly combined.
Place the dish in the microwave oven. Microwave, uncovered, on 100 percent power (high) for 30 seconds. With a fork, stir the egg. Microwave for 10 seconds more and stir again. If desired, stir in a spoonful of shredded cheese or a sprinkling of chopped green onion, snipped fresh basil, chopped tomato, or chopped roasted red sweet pepper. Microwave for 5 to 10 seconds more or until fluffy and still shiny with no loose liquid in the dish. If desired, season to taste with ground black pepper.