How to Poach Eggs in the Oven

This method is so quick and easy… it makes making poached eggs a snap!... It also adds the possibility of serving them for a crowd…. while they’re in the oven… reheat made-ahead sauce… toast English muffins and prepare plate for serving… even make breakfast potatoes in a skillet…. you can have a terrific breakfast and serve a small crowd.


The time for cooking these is a range… 15-20 minutes… it will depend on how you like your eggs and how your guests will like them… 15 minutes will have a bit of runny white and a nicely runny yolk… as the cooking time increases… the egg white becomes less runny and so does the yolk.

If you like a solid white and a fairly runny egg yolk… about 16 minutes is what you are shooting for… 20 minutes will give you a solid egg white and egg yolk… the yolk will be cooked but still a little soft… a hair away from hard boiled…. I hope that helps.

Beware… when looking at the eggs and trying to decide if they are done enough for you… the water will have risen to the top… so it may look like the white is very runny when it is not… I really hate to say this… but you will need to try this out for yourself… all ovens are slightly different and everyone likes eggs differently and you have to find what you like best…. I like it at 16 minutes.

Use a non-stick muffin tin for best results.

I like to break the eggs into a small custard cup then pour them into each muffin “well”.

You must use a muffin tin for standard size muffins. Make 1 or 24 .. the directions and time will be the same...

You have to try this... it is so easy... I may never use my poacher again!

All you need:

Standard size muffin tin
Spray cooking oil (butter flavor preferred)

All you need to do:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Spray each muffin “well” with cooking oil… spray as many as you need… 1 egg to each.

Add 1 tablespoon water to each muffin well to be used.

Drop one egg into each well.

Bake for 15-20 minutes, depending on preferred doneness.

To remove poached eggs easily… simply use two soup spoons… the eggs should flip easily onto one spoon when pushed by the other.


Sweet Sue said...

good to know, will have to try this method. thx linda, happy new year:)

Linda said...

Hi Sue!

Thanks for stopping by! Happy New Year to you too!

It takes a little trial and error to find the right number of minutes to get eggs to your liking... I've had to adjust mine with the new oven... but once you figure it out.. you will never do it another way.

Sweet Sue said...

tried this method today, will be using it often, great time saver. i also see incorporating these eggs as a side to other meals where i normally wouldn't take the time to consider adding eggs. i do so adore no fuss cooking ~ thx again linda:)

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