How Do I Poach Eggs in a Microwave Oven?

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Just because you don't have an egg poacher doesn't mean you can't enjoy some delicious poached eggs. Find out how to poach eggs in a microwave oven with help from the author of Your Resident Gourmet in this free video clip.

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Hello, I'm Chef Jennifer Booker, the owner and executive chef of Your Resident Gourmet. Today, I'm going to show you how to poach an egg using your microwave. All you really need is farm fresh egg, a ramekin with a little bit of water, and then of course a little bit of salt and pepper. So all you need to do is choose your egg. When we can talk a little bit about eggs, there's so many choices out there now. These are obviously brown eggs. You can also get white eggs. You can get eggs that have omega 3 added, you can get eggs that made, the chickens have only eaten a diet of vegetables, which is a good thing, since that's what you want your chickens to eat. You can also get cage-free, farm-raised, it's really your choice. So for your poached microwave egg, simply crack your egg on a flat surface. Go right into your ramekin. I like to do a little bit of salt and pepper. And then I'll take my ramekin and I'll put it in my microwave oven. Generally I put it in for about 45 seconds and then I check it. The main thing to beware of is heating it too long. For example, I wouldn't poach it in the microwave for five minutes. I'd be afraid that my egg would dry out, or maybe even explode. So let's put it in the oven. So we'll set it for 45 seconds. Once the 45 seconds are out, go ahead and check on your poached egg. This one looks done. I like to use a slotted spoon, as not to get the water on the bottom of our ramekin. Scoop it out gently, and allow the water to drain. And then serve it on your plate. You can also use this method for eggs Benedict, or if you wanted to serve it with your breakfast or your brunch. You don't have to worry about any additional oil or fat, and you get the true flavor of your egg. Enjoy

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