Air fryer poached eggs offer a game-changing twist to the classic breakfast staple, providing a quick and fuss-free alternative to the traditional stovetop method. With a prep time of just three minutes and a cook time as short as five minutes, this recipe streamlines the poaching process without compromising on taste or texture. The air fryer’s efficiency is highlighted as it eliminates the need for constant stove monitoring and messy water clean-up. The step-by-step instructions guide you through the process, from preheating the air fryer to seasoning the eggs to perfection.

The versatility of the air fryer allows you to customize the doneness of your poached eggs, catering to individual preferences. Whether you prefer a runny yolk with soft-cooked whites or a firmer yolk with fully cooked whites, the provided cooking times ensure your eggs are prepared exactly how you like them. The inclusion of a helpful cooking chart adds an extra layer of guidance, acknowledging that different air fryer models may have varying cooking times.

Beyond the convenience, the nutritional information reveals that this breakfast option is not only delicious but also health-conscious. With only 63 calories per serving, low carbohydrates, and a substantial 6 grams of protein, air fryer poached eggs align with low-carb and healthy eating preferences. This recipe proves that innovation in cooking methods, such as using the air fryer, can elevate a classic dish, making it a perfect choice for a satisfying and nutritious breakfast.

Air Fryer Poached Eggs

Air fryer poached eggs are a new amazing way to cook poached eggs without babysitting the stove. They are quick and easy to make and are a delicious and healthy alternative to traditional fried eggs. Plus, there’s no messy water to clean up afterward.

PREP TIME3minutes mins

COOK TIME5minutes mins

TOTAL TIME5minutes mins

COURSEBreakfast, Low-carb, Side Dish





  • 2 large eggs
  • Oil spray. I use Ghee Butter.
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 6 Tablespoons hot water
  • Toast optional


  • Preheat the air fryer to 350 °F (177 °C) for 3 minutes (air fry/air crisp setting)
  • When the “ready” timer beeps, spritz some oil into each ramekin and rub the oil with your finger around the edges. You can use the food brush instead.
  • Pour 3-4 tablespoons of hot water
  • Gently crack an egg into each ramekin
  • Place ramekins directly in the air fryer basket/tray.
  • Cook for 5-7 minutes. The timing will depend on the preferred doneness of the yolk. Please refer to the poached eggs cooking chart below.
  • Once cooked, remove the ramekins from the air fryer. Then, using a rubber spatula, gently pry the eggs out of the ramekins. If the eggs are stuck, you can try running a knife around the edge of the ramekins. 
  • Once the eggs are loose, transfer them gently to a plate, or put them on prepared toast. Season with salt and pepper to your liking and enjoy!


Air Fryer Poached Eggs Cooking Times

Preheat the air fryer to 350 °F (177 °C). 

  • Runny yolk: Soft but cooked whites 5 minutes
  • Medium-runny yolk, nicely cooked whites: 6-7 minutes
  • Firmer but still soft yolk: 7-8 minutes
  • Hard yolk and fully cooked whites: 8-10 minutes

Remember, all air fryers may cook differently. Please don’t give up on the first try, experiment and see what works best for you. I used my Cuisinart Air Fryer oven and Ninja XL Air fryer grill and they both cooked poached eggs in 5 minutes to my liking of medium-runny yolk. Other air fryers like Fabuletta may take 8-10 minutes. But it does produce gorgeous, not cloudy yellow yolks though. See Jo-Ann’s video of making her beautiful poached eggs in action in the Fabuletta air fryer.


Serving: 1servingCalories: 63kcalCarbohydrates: 0.3gProtein: 6gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 164mgSodium: 62mgPotassium: 61mgSugar: 0.2gVitamin A: 238IUCalcium: 25mgIron: 1mg