Red Lentils with Poached Eggs
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Red Lentils with Poached Eggs

Enjoy a bowl of flavorful, rustic, hearty Red Lentils cooked in a tasty tomato sauce with a perfect Poached Egg on top. This vegetarian red lentils recipe is ready in 20 minutes. I will show you how to make fool-proof poached eggs in the microwave - you'll never go back to stove-top poached eggs.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Keyword: lentil recipes, lentils with tomato
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 255kcal
Author: Kate


  • 1 yellow onion , diced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup split red lentils , uncooked (or use any lentils you like, see recipe notes)
  • 1 cup vegetable stock (or water)
  • 15 oz can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
  • Salt & pepper , to taste (about 1/4 teaspoon each is a good start)
  • 1/4 cup parsley leaves , finely diced
  • 2-4 eggs (see recipe notes) + water for poaching


Red Split Lentils with Tomato:

  • In a 2.5-3 quart sauce pan, heat the olive oil and add the diced onion. Saute over medium heat for 5 minutes. Add the dry lentils, water, and diced tomatoes and stir. Cover with a lid and reduce heat to low. Allow to simmer for about 10 minutes, or until the lentils are cooked to your liking (see recipe notes).  Remove from heat and stir in salt, pepper, and parsley leaves. Serve with a poached egg on top.

Microwave Poached Eggs:

  • Use a microwaveable bowl or container that is wide enough for the number of eggs you will be poaching. Add enough water to the bowl so that the water comes up a couple of inches in the bowl - you will need the eggs to be completely submerged in the water. 
  • Gently crack the eggs right into the water. Carefully transfer the bowl to a microwave oven. Microwave the eggs on medium or high power. You will need to play around with the timing a little. For 2 eggs, I recommend starting at 1 minute and 30 seconds, then checking the eggs and microwaving 30 seconds at a time until the eggs reach your desired level of done-ness. For 4 eggs, start with 2 minutes and then microwave 30 seconds at a time until they are cooked to your liking. Use a slotted spoon to gently remove the eggs from the water and serve over the hot lentils. Season with salt and pepper.


  • You can use any kind of lentils you like. Split lentils cook much faster - in about 10 minutes. Whole lentils take a bit longer - 20 minutes or more. Watch the lentils and cook them to your liking - add a few minutes to the cooking time if you like them super soft and mushy.
  • It is important to stir in the salt at the very end, otherwise the lentils will remain hard even when they are fully cooked. 
  • Poached eggs are best eaten fresh. If you are serving this for 2 people and saving some lentils for the next day, poach as many eggs as you will eat that day.


Calories: 255kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 82mg | Sodium: 424mg | Potassium: 721mg | Fiber: 15g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 702IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 82mg | Iron: 5mg