How to Poach Eggs in the Oven

Forget the annoyance of poaching an egg in boiled water – utilize your oven for easy, mess-free egg poaching!

How to Poach Eggs in the Oven

For years my mom had been making me poached eggs using an ‘egg poacher’ she’d received as a gift one year. It was my favorite way to eat eggs, but I never knew how to make them myself. When I was living on my own, I always craved poached eggs, but didn’t have an egg poacher. So, I taught myself how to make poached eggs the old-fashioned way. Boiling water, making a whirlpool, slowly and carefully dropping the egg into the water, taking it down to a simmer, the whole nine. I somehow perfected the technique on my first try, but it was just too much of a pain for this then busy college kid to want to deal with.

I’m a girl who likes to throw everything together in one pan, plop it into the oven and call it a day.Ā I pride myself on being someone who is very driven and the antithesis of lazy, but when I’m busy, the laziness and impatience shines through in regards to cooking and preparing meals. At the same time, home girl wants a poached egg, which isn’t the easiest task for a lazy, busy girl. Am I making sense?

How to Poach Eggs in the Oven

I love this technique because 1) it’s easy, 2) it’s great for multi-tasking (keep working while your breakfast is cooking), 3) the result is just as if you cooked them the old-fashioned way, 4) you can easily feed a crowd an otherwise tedious dish!

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How to Poach Eggs in the Oven

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Here’s how it’s done:

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

2. Grease a muffin tin with cooking spray (I used olive oil spray). I am assuming you’re not poaching 12 eggs, so just grease however many spots you need for each egg.

3. Add 1 tbs of water to each spot.

4. Break eggs into muffin tin.

5. Place in the oven for about 10-15 – keep an eye on them and remove depending on how soft/medium/hard you like your yolk!

6. When removing, keep in mind that there will be residual water, which can be confusing and may look like your eggs are not done. Trust me – it’s water! Take them out and test one to make sure they are done.

That’s it.

How to Poach Eggs in the Oven

I understand this technique isn’t true to the definition of the word ‘poaching’ (poaching means you are fully submerging a food item in hot liquid to cook, usually eggs and fish) – but it gets the job done.

How to Poach Eggs in the Oven

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How to Poach Eggs in the Oven


  1. says

    “Iā€™m a girl who likes to throw everything together in one pan, plop it into the oven and call it a day” <– MY LIFE. I'm so intimidated by doing "fancy" things with eggs…aka anything other than scrambled. I need to learn to like the taste of eggs and then I can experiment with cooking them ha.

  2. says

    Would you judge me if I poached 12 eggs? Because i like them that much šŸ˜› Thanks for sharing this tip. I literally can never get the egg to poach properly with the swirling water (though I heard that vinegar in the water helps?). Can’t wait to try this!

  3. says

    Genius! My friends and I were on the biggest poached egg craze over our beach trip/college reunion and competed every morning to see who could make the prettiest eggs. They all came out ugly when we used the traditional boiling method so I’m going to remember this for next year!

  4. says

    Oh my gosh! Girl! What a great idea! Thanks so much for sharing! I love it… and can I also say that this little sammie you’ve got here looks amazing as well! YUM!

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