How to Make Poached Eggs in the Oven

Poached eggs are an ingredient in many recipes.
Poached eggs are an ingredient in many recipes. (Image: Poached Egg Pesto 1 image by Brett Mulcahy from

For such a simple little piece of food, preparation of an egg can be complex. Not only do you have all the different ways to prepare an egg, fried, scrambled, poached, and hard- and soft-boiled, you also have the variations within the classifications, like sunny-side up or wet scrambled eggs. A poached egg, often considered more of an advanced technique of cooking, is in truth quite simple to prepare.

Things You'll Need

  • Muffin pan
  • Cooking spray
  • Small saucepan
  • 1 1/4 cup water
  • Measuring spoon
  • 6 eggs
  • Knife
  • Spoon
  • 2 paper towels
  • Plate

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Turn an oven burner on high. Pour the water into the saucepan, place the saucepan on the burner and cover it. Wait for the water to boil.

Heat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray the cups of the muffin pan lightly with cooking spray.

Place 2 tbsp. of hot water into each cup in the muffin pan. Crack one egg into each cup.

Bake for seven to nine minutes, depending on desired hardness. Remove the eggs from the cups by running a knife between the edge of the cup and the egg, and then spooning the egg out.

Place the egg on a plate covered with a paper towel; dab the top of the egg with another paper towel to remove any excess water.


  • "The Totally Eggs Cookbook"; Helene Siegel and Karen Gillingham; 1997
  • "The Farmstead Egg Cookbook"; Terry Blonder Golson and Ben Fink; 2006
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