Unfortunately, microwaving eggs is not as simple as grabbing an egg, sticking it on a plate and placing it into the microwave. Below we have outlined the exact processes you can use to cook eggs in the microwave alongside a few of our tips and tricks:
How to Microwave Eggs
You have a few options when it comes to microwaving your eggs. Here are a few for you to try.
How to Scramble Eggs in the Microwave
If you want creamy, fluffy scrambled eggs but don’t want to use the stove then this method for scrambling eggs in the microwave is super simple and works a treat:
- Butter Mug
Using a pastry brush, butter the inside of a mug or small bowl.
- Whisk Egg
Whisk together an egg with a little milk and salt and pepper for seasoning.
- Pour Into Mug
Pour this mixture into the mug
Cook on high power for about 40 seconds.
Stir the egg and break any lumps up.
- Microwave Again
Pop the eggs back into the microwave for another ten to twenty seconds or until the eggs are cooked.
How to Poach Eggs in the Microwave
If you’re more of a fan of poached eggs on toast, then perhaps you need to try this method for poaching eggs in the microwave:
- Break Egg into Mug
Break an egg into a microwaveable mug or small bowl
- Add Water and Vinega
Add water up until about a third of the cup and half a teaspoon of vinegar.
- Cover and Microwave
Pop a small microwavable plate on top of the mug and cook it on 50% power for a minute.
- Check for Doneness
Check the egg and if it isn’t done pop it in for another 15 seconds. Keep doing this until the egg is cooked to your liking.
How to Boil Eggs in the Microwave
Yes, you can even have hard-boiled eggs made in the microwave! The good news is that the method for doing so is easy:
- Pierce Egg and Submerge in Water
Grab a bowl of water and pop the egg into it. There is a little risk of the egg bursting from its shell so we would recommend that you pierce the bottom of the eggshell before putting it into the bowl of water.
- Cover and Microwave
Cover with a plate and cook for about four minutes on 50% Power.
Your egg should be cooked but this will depend on your microwave. If it isn’t, then next time try adding a little longer onto the time. With a little trial and error, you will be able to cook eggs to your liking at any moment.
3 Tips for Microwaving Eggs
If you want to have the greatest success when microwaving eggs then make sure you take these three tips on board:
- Watch Your Timings – Be careful not to overcook any types of eggs. It can be very easy to end up with rubbery eggs that are inedible or even burnt. So, watch your timings carefully when using a microwave to cook your eggs.
- Add Cheese – If you want a little extra flavour in your scrambled eggs you can pop in a little grated cheese too. The eggs should cook as the cheese melts for a tasty and quick breakfast.
- Adjust Timings – When it comes to cooking eggs you do have to consider the size of the eggs. You may have to adjust your timings by a few seconds if the egg is smaller or larger than usual.
Advantages of Microwaved Eggs
As you can imagine, there are some clear advantages to using the microwave to cook eggs:
- Pretty Speedy
Microwaving your eggs can save you some time. They don’t need much supervision and they cook pretty quickly too!
Cooking your eggs in the microwave may ensure they retain more of their nutrients. This is because the best way to avoid nutrients leaching out from food is to cook it in the shortest time possible using as little liquid as possible. You can’t get much quicker than cooking eggs in a microwave!
Disadvantages of Microwaved Eggs
Unfortunately, when there are pros there will also be cons and this is the case when cooking eggs in the microwave:
- Easy to Overcook
It is very easy to overcook your eggs when microwaving them. Because they cook so quickly only a few seconds too long can leave them overcooked and rubbery.
- Can Become Explosive!
If you are cooking eggs in their shells they can easily explode if you are not careful. This is dangerous and makes a mess too. You can avoid this by piercing the shell first.
How to Reheat Eggs in the Microwave
We wouldn’t really recommend you reheat eggs in the microwave if you can help it. It is very difficult to do successfully within them becoming overcooked and solid. If you do wish to try then it is safe to do so.
All you need to do is pop the eggs into a bowl and reheat them for 20 seconds. Stir and check the eggs and then pop them back in for another 20 seconds. Repeat this until the eggs are cooked.
How to Defrost Eggs in the Microwave
Thawing frozen eggs is really easy to do. The most common way to freeze eggs is in their shells.
All you need to do to thaw the eggs out is to peel their shell. Then pop the egg into a clean freezer bag that seals well. Put this into a bowl of water and the egg should be thawed out in a few minutes.
Eggs are a versatile food and they can be cooked in many ways, even in the microwave! You have no excuse not to eat some healthy eggs for breakfast to start your day.
You can poach, boil or even scramble them in the microwave within a few minutes and they will taste just as good as if you had cooked them using a traditional method.