How to Microwave Eggs? (Like a Pro)

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Quick Answer: How to Microwave Eggs?

Eggs can be cooked in the microwave in about 100 different ways. Some of the most popular ways to microwave eggs have been covered in this article. It takes an average of about 1 to 2 minutes to microwave eggs. Fried, scrambled, poached eggs or, boiling eggs all can be done using a microwave. Microwaving eggs is effective and convenient.

This post explains Cooking Eggs using the microwave in depth. Microwaves are convenient to cook eggs when in a hurry and, you can do the eggs precisely any way you prefer, whether poached, fried, or scrambled.

I prefer using the microwave to cook eggs. The egg is fluffier and has a thicker texture and surprisingly tastes better when done properly.

Keep reading to find everything you need to know about Microwaving Eggs.

How to Microwave Eggs?

Microwaves can be used to cook eggs in any way you like. Microwaves are efficient and excellent to cook eggs when in a hurry or otherwise. In this article I will be covering the following ways to microwave an egg:

  • Scrambled eggs
  • Omelet
  • Boiled eggs
  • Fried eggs
  • Poached eggs
  • Sunnyside up eggs

In French cuisine, the number of pleats in a chef’s toque represents the ways a chef can cook an egg. In this article, you will learn the most popular ways to cook eggs.

Here is a step-by-step guide on how to cook eggs in a variety of ways using the microwave?

Basic Tips for Microwaving Eggs

  • Do not cook the egg without removing the outer shell. The egg will burst because of the pressure from the steam.
  • For hard-boiled eggs poke a hole on the bottom of the egg to let the steam escape.
  • When reheating the eggs in the microwave, cover them with a damp paper cloth. This will keep the eggs moist and prevent them from becoming rubbery.
  • The yolk cooks faster than the whites. Gently, poke a hole in the yolk with a knife when making fried eggs in the microwave. Scrambled eggs cook more evenly.
  • Eggs cook from the inside out in the microwave. If the eggs turn out watery, it is because they are heating up too fast.
  • Make sure the temperature of the egg reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit. The eggs are likely to cause food poisoning if not cooked properly.
  • Be sure to check the size of the egg. Large and Jumbo eggs require more time in the microwave to cook. Adjust microwaving times accordingly.

How to Microwave Scrambled Eggs?

In a pre-coated microwave-safe bowl, crack an egg. Add milk, salt and, pepper. Give it a thorough whisk until all the ingredients are mixed well. Pop into the microwave at 100% power for 30 to 55 seconds, stirring in 15 sec. intervals. Do not overheat the egg.

To cook scrambled eggs in the microwave:

1. Spray your microwave-safe bowl with a cooking spray. Crack an egg into the bowl.

2. Add a tablespoon of milk. Water can also be used instead of milk.

3. Season with salt and pepper. Feel free to add condiments of your choice.

4. Give the egg a thorough whisk.

5. Set power to 100% and cook for 30 to 55 seconds. Check after 15-second intervals and stir properly.

6. Do not overheat. This will lead to an explosion.

Enjoy your Scrambled eggs with a dash of Hot Sauce.

How to make an Omelet in the Microwave?

Coat a mason jar with cooking spray and, crack two eggs in it. Add milk, cheese, bacon and, greens of your choice. Season it with salt and pepper. Shake until all the ingredients are mixed well. Spread on a microwave-safe plate and cover with a paper towel. Pop into the microwave at 100% power for 70 seconds, flipping at least once.

To make an Omelet in the microwave, follow the following steps:

1. Spray a mason jar with cooking spray. You can also you any leak-proof container with a lid.

2. Break two eggs into the jar and milk, Vegetables, cheese, bacon or condiments you’d normally prefer in an omelet. Season properly.

3. Shake the contents of the jar until they’re mixed well.

4. Grease a microwave-safe plate with oil or butter. Spread the mixture evenly on it and cover with a paper towel.

5. Microwave on high for about 70 seconds or until the eggs are fully cooked.

Flip at least once at the half interval.

How to Cook Boiled Eggs in the Microwave?

Bring 2 cups of water to a boil. Add 1 tablespoon of salt into it. Pierce the egg at the top or bottom. Pour hot water on the egg until the egg is submerged. Cover with a paper towel or a microwave-safe lid. Microwave at 70% power for 3 minutes. Keep in hot water for 1 minute for soft-boiled egg and 4 minutes for a hard-boiled egg.

These are the steps to boiling eggs in the microwave:

1. Boil two cups of water for one egg. Adjust quantities based on the number of eggs to be microwaved.

2. Pierce the egg at the bottom to ensure the pressure doesn’t build up inside the egg.

3. Pour hot water on the egg in a microwave-safe dish and cover it with a lid.

4. Put the container in the microwave for 3 minutes at 70% power.

5. For a soft-boiled egg, leave it in hot water for 1 more minutes.

6. For a hard-boiled egg, gradually increase the microwaving time to 7 minutes. Keep submerged in hot water for 4 more minutes for a firm, hard egg.

Allow the egg to cool for 1 to 2 minutes before eating.

This method has a high risk of the eggs exploding in the microwave. Prefer to cook boiled eggs on a stovetop

How to Cook Fried Eggs in the Microwave?

To cook fried eggs in the microwave, grease a microwave-safe plate with oil or butter. Crack an egg on the plate and puncture a hole gently in the yolk. Cover the plate with a paper towel. Put in the microwave for 40 seconds at high. Flip and microwave again for 20 seconds.

Follow these steps to cook perfect fried eggs in the microwave.

1. Grease a microwave-safe plate with cooking spray, oil or, butter.

2. Crack an egg on top of the plate.

3. Puncture a hole into the egg yolk to prevent it from exploding in the microwave.

4. Cover the plate with a paper towel and put it in the microwave for 40 seconds at 100% power.

5. Flip the egg and microwave again for 20 seconds or until the egg yolk is cooked to your liking.

How to Cook Poached Eggs in the Microwave?

To poach eggs in the microwave, fill a mug with water and add a pinch of salt to it. Crack an egg into the water. Pierce the egg yolk. Microwave at 100% for 60 seconds in 10-second intervals. Remove the egg from the water and dry excess water using a paper towel. Season it properly.

Poaching eggs in the microwave is the healthiest way to cook eggs. It keeps the nutrient value of the egg high.

1. Fill a microwave-safe bowl or mug with water. Add a pinch of salt in the water.

2. Crack an egg in it. Be very gentle while dropping the egg in the water.

3. Pierce the egg yolk to avoid it from exploding.

4. Microwave at full power for 60 seconds at 10-second intervals.

5. Use a spoon to remove the egg for the mug and place it on a paper towel.

6. Season with salt and pepper.

Check out this video from Recipe30 For excellent tips on cooking Poached eggs in the microwave.

How to make Sunny Side Up Eggs in the microwave?

Grease a microwave-safe plate with oil or butter. Crack an egg on the plate and puncture a hole in the yolk, gently. Cover the plate with a paper towel. Put in the microwave for 40 seconds at high. Do not flip.

Follow these steps to cook perfect fried eggs in the microwave.

1. Grease a microwave-safe plate with cooking spray, oil or. butter.

2. Crack an egg on top of the plate.

3. Puncture a hole or two into the egg yolk to prevent it from exploding in the microwave.

4. Cover the plate with a paper towel and put it in the microwave for 45 seconds at 100% power.

5. Do not flip the egg.

6. Let the egg cool down before serving.

How to Reheat Eggs Quickly?

Microwaving is the quickest and easiest way to reheat Eggs. Reheating temperatures and time will vary for eggs cooked in different ways. All kinds of cooked eggs can be reheated using a microwave except hard-boiled eggs.

Scrambled egg: To reheat scrambled eggs in the microwave, cook for 15 to 20 second intervals, stirring in between to heat evenly. Remove any liquids at the bottom of the cup before eating.

Omelets: Wrap the omelet in a damp paper towel. Put on a microwave-safe dish and heat the omelet for 1 to 2 minutes. Flip at intervals of 30 seconds.

Before serving, check if the omelet is heated throughout.

Boiled eggs: Try to not reheat boiled eggs in the microwave. The heat causes the yolk to explode. If it is the only available option, peel the shell off first.

Cover the egg with a damp cloth and microwave at 10 to 15-second intervals to a total of 20 seconds only.

Fried eggs: First things first, puncture a hole in the yolk. This reduces the chance of the egg exploding.

Cover the egg with a damp paper cloth and heat for 30 seconds to 2 minutes or until hot. Check on the egg every 30 seconds or less.

Poached eggs: Poached egg is the easiest to reheat in a microwave. Fill water in a microwave-safe bowl and bring it to a boil. Place the egg into the hot water for 1-2 minutes.

Cover the bowl with plastic wrap to retain the heat.

Sunny-side up eggs: To reheat sunny-side up eggs, preheat a microwave-safe plate for 30 seconds. Grease the plate with butter or oil. Place the egg on the plate and microwave 30 seconds.

Check at 15-second intervals. Ensure the egg is rested for 1 to 2 minutes before eating to prevent any mishap.

Is it Safe to Microwave Eggs?

Yes, it is safe to Microwave Eggs. Microwaving retains more nutrients in the egg than any other method used to cook eggs. The healthiest way to microwave eggs is by poaching them. You can also add vegetables to make the egg more nutritious.

Make sure the egg reaches a temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit. There is a chance the salmonella in the egg will cause intestinal discomfort, if not cooked properly.

In a study by Harvard Medical School, it was found that the cooking method that best retains nutrients is one that cooks quickly, heats food for the shortest amount of time, and uses as little liquid as possible.

Hence, microwaving is the best possible method to cook eggs.

How to store microwaved Eggs?

Eggs can be stored once microwaved at temperatures below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Use within 3 to 4 days. If stored in a deep freezer, the eggs can be used for 6 months to 1 year. Be skeptical about storing eggs for long.

Eggs are a perishable food item. Storing eggs properly is the best way to avoid getting ill. If the eggs have been initially cooked to temperatures above 160 degrees Fahrenheit, it is okay to reheat and eat stored eggs.

If the egg has an odor or has changed texture, throw it away.

How Long Should I Microwave An Egg?

The microwaving times of an egg depend on various factors like egg size, the quantity of eggs, the wattage of microwave, type of egg to be cooked and, amount of added condiments. For a runny yolk, microwave the egg at 100% power for 30 to 60 seconds.

Microwave times vary for different wattage microwaves.

Microwaves with less than 1000-watt power need slightly more time to cook the same egg than microwaves with more than 1000-watt power.

When cooking on medium or medium-high, the egg needs to be cooked for at least 45 seconds.

Do it in 15-second intervals. Checking on the egg in intervals will ensure you get the desired consistency of the yolk.

FAQs

Why do Eggs Explode in the Microwave?

The egg explodes in the microwave because the steam inside the egg cannot escape. The water inside the egg gets heated under pressure.

The microwave heats the egg from inside out and very suddenly. This is called Nuking and adds flavor to the dish. In the case of eggs, the membrane acts as a barrier and steam cannot escape.

This causes the eggs to explode. To prevent this from happening poke a hole on the bottom of the egg to let the steam escape or gently poke the yolk with a knife in case of fried and sunny side up eggs.

Does microwaving eggs destroy nutrients?

No, Microwaving does not destroy the egg’s nutrients. In fact, Microwaving is the healthiest way to cook an egg.

Microwaving does not come with the risk of overcooking eggs, which is the major cause of nutrient depletion in food.

In a study by Harvard Medical School, it was found that the cooking method that best retains nutrients is one that cooks quickly, heats food for the shortest amount of time, and uses as little liquid as possible.

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About Betty Ellis

Betty is a food researcher who spends most of her time analyzing the nutritional aspects of various foods. She also researches methods to enhance taste, as well as how to store certain types of foods. She enjoys cooking for herself and her three dogs even though she doesn't have a lot of free time outside work.

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