Make Air Fryer Poached Eggs effortlessly every time! No more worrying about keeping a close eye on your stovetop and constant stirring — simply prep the eggs, air fry, and dig in. Poached eggs are incredibly easy to make in the air fryer!

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Poached Eggs In Air Fryer

If you’ve already made poached eggs on your stovetop, you know just how much timing and concentration you have to put into them! First, you need to get the water to the perfect temperature, and then… don’t even think about stepping away from the pot as they cook.

With the air fryer, you’ll get perfectly cooked eggs with tender whites and creamy yolks in just a few minutes. I love making poached eggs in air fryer on busy mornings when I don’t have a lot of time but still want to feed my family something wholesome and delicious.

So, whether you need a quick breakfast too, or want to upgrade your brunch spread on a leisurely weekend, my poached eggs air fryer recipe is about to become your new go-to.

If you’re looking for even more Air Fryer Breakfast Recipes, some of my favorites include AIR FRYER SPAM, AIR FRYER HAM AND CHEESE OMELETTE, AIR FRYER BREAKFAST COOKIES and AIR FRYER BREAKFAST CASSEROLE.

Why You’ll Love Making Poach Eggs in Air Fryer

  • So quick and easy
  • Perfectly poached results every time
  • Super simple cleanup
  • Enjoy for breakfast, lunch, or a snack
  • A healthier alternative to frying!

Ingredients Needed for Poached Egg in Air Fryer

You only need a few ingredients to make my air fryer poached eggs!

extreme closeup: fresh eggs for poached eggs in air fryer

For complete ingredients and quantities, keep on scrolling until you get to the bottom with a printable recipe card.

  • Extra Large Eggs: You can use whatever sized eggs you’d like for poached eggs in air fryer, but whichever ones you choose, make sure they’re high-quality and fresh!
  • Cooking Spray or Oil: A light coating of cooking spray or oil helps keep the eggs from sticking to your ramekins, and makes removing them once they’re cooked a lot easier.
  • Seasonings: You don’t need too much for air fryer poached eggs — just salt and pepper to taste.
  • Water: You’ll add just a touch of water in each ramekin in order to actually poach eggs in air fryer.

How To Make Poached Eggs in the Air Fryer

Here are the simple steps to make a perfect poached egg in your air fryer!

overhead: four ramekins in an air fryer basket with two containing raw eggs

Step 1: Recipe prep

Preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees F.

Spray the ramekins with cooking spray and crack in your eggs. Add about 2 tablespoons of water to each ramekin.

overhead: four ramekins in an air fryer basket with raw eggs in each one

Step 2: Poach eggs in air fryer

Place the ramekins into the air fryer basket and set the temperature to 360 degrees F. Air fry for 4-5 minutes.

Step 3: Remove from air fryer and serve

When your air fryer poached eggs are finished cooking, use a small rubber spatula to remove them from the ramekins.

Serve on an English muffin and top with hollandaise sauce. Or, simply season to taste and serve with bacon and hash browns!

overhead: four ramekins in an air fryer basket with poached eggs in each one

Pro Tips For Making Air Fryer Poached Eggs

  • Preheat the Air Fryer: While technically optional, preheating your air fryer before adding the eggs will help them cook up a few minutes faster.
  • Use Ramekins, Silicone Molds, or a Muffin Tin: You need to in order to get that poached egg look, shape, and feel! All options work great — I personally love these 4-once ramekins.
  • Don’t Skip the Water Bath: Adding a small amount of water to each ramekin will create steam, which helps in the poaching process and prevents the eggs from drying out.
  • Check for Doneness: Keep an eye on each poached egg in air fryer towards the end of the cooking time. Adjust as needed based on your preference for extra runny or more solid yolks. Remember, every air fryer is slightly different so your eggs may need more (or less) time!
  • A Slotted Spoon is Your Friend: And makes carefully removing the poached eggs from air fryer so much easier! It also does double duty by protecting your fingers and draining any excess water at the same time.
  • Season Before Serving: For added flavor, season with salt, pepper, and any other desired herbs or spices before serving.
overhead: three eggs benedict with poached eggs from air fryer

Serving Suggestions Poached Eggs In Air Fryer

  • Eggs Benedict: Serve on toasted English muffins or bagels, topped with Canadian bacon or smoked salmon, and drizzled with hollandaise sauce.
  • Avocado Toast: Spread mashed avocado on whole-grain toast and top with a poached egg, red pepper flakes, and lemon juice.
  • Breakfast Salad: Add the eggs to a bed of mixed greens, cherry tomatoes, cucumber slices, and avocado.
  • Grain Bowls: Layer cooked quinoa or brown rice with sautéed vegetables, sliced avocado, and an egg.
  • Soup: Add a poached egg to a bowl of hot soup such as ramen, pho, or miso soup.
  • Burger or Sandwich: Top a burger or sandwich with a poached egg for extra protein.
  • Pasta: Toss cooked pasta with sautéed vegetables, Parmesan cheese, and a poached egg.
  • Breakfast Tacos: Fill warm corn tortillas with scrambled eggs, black beans, salsa, avocado slices, and a poached egg.


My poached egg in air fryer recipe is best enjoyed fresh, but you can store any leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. For best results, store in an airtight container. Reheat them gently in warm water or briefly in the air fryer before serving.

Air Fryer Poached Eggs FAQ

Can I poach multiple eggs at once in the air fryer?

Yes, you can. To prevent them from spreading and becoming one giant egg, make sure to use individual ramekins or silicone molds.

How long does it take to poach eggs in an air fryer?

The cooking time can vary depending on the desired level of doneness and the specific model of your air fryer. Generally, it takes about 6-8 minutes at 350 degrees F.

Do I need to use vinegar when poaching eggs in the air fryer?

While you do need to use vinegar to make poached eggs on the stovetop, it’s not necessary for this air fryer recipe!

How can I prevent the eggs from sticking to the air fryer basket?

You don’t need to worry about that for this recipe as the eggs don’t even touch the air fryer basket! That said, add some nonstick cooking spray to the ramekins, muffin tins, or silicone molds to prevent sticking.

overhead closeup: four ramekins in an air fryer basket with raw eggs in each one

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Poached Eggs in the Air Fryer

Air Fryer Poached Eggs

5 from 2 votes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings


Make Air Fryer Poached Eggs effortlessly every time! No more worrying about keeping a close eye on your stovetop and constant stirring — simply prep the eggs, air fry, and dig in. Poached eggs are incredibly easy to make in the air fryer!


  • 4 eggs
  • 8 tablespoons water
  • salt & black pepper to taste
  • Cooking spray


  • Preheat air fryer to 400°F. (This is optional, cook time may take 1-2 minutes longer if you do not preheat the air fryer)
  • Spray your ramekins with cooking spray, and then crack one egg per ramekin into it. Add about 2 tablespoons of water into the ramekin. Set the ramekins into the air fryer basket, set the temperature to 360 degrees F, air fryer setting for 4 to 5 minutes.
  • When the eggs finish cooking, use a small spatula to lift the egg from any remaining water.
  • Plate, serve, and enjoy!


  • Air Fryer
  • Cooking Spray
  • Muffin Tin or Small Ramekins


Serving: 1ServingCalories: 63kcalCarbohydrates: 0.3gProtein: 6gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.02gCholesterol: 164mgSodium: 64mgPotassium: 61mgSugar: 0.2gVitamin A: 238IUCalcium: 26mgIron: 1mg

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