Were we to collect all the writings on poaching the perfect egg from every book, magazine, and website, it would be a multi-volume encyclopedia. It’s not that big of a deal, though—especially with this low-stakes microwave method. It uses way less water and it’s faster, allowing poached eggs to be a quick weekday breakfast or a topper for a midday salad.

This may change your life! (To a small but pleasurable degree.) What are you waiting for? Let’s nuke and poach.

HOW TO POACH EGGS IN THE MICROWAVE

You need: A mug, water, an egg—and microwave, of course!

There are a few caveats about the mug. You want it to be sturdy and dense. Have you ever microwaved a mug of water for tea and then mug itself came out nearly hotter than the water? Don’t use that mug, mainly for ease of handling.

No, you shouldn’t have to buy a mug just to nuke an egg, but I…

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