We know that sometimes you want eggs, but you either don’t have the time or kitchen appliances necessary to cook them on a stovetop. That is when knowing how to cook eggs in a microwave comes in handy! You can even add bacon at the same time.
Cooking eggs in the microwave can save you valuable time and energy and is a tasty alternative to normal egg cooking methods. It’s fast, fun, and easy, and you’ll be able to get it right no matter how new you are to cooking!
How to Cook Over Easy Eggs in the Microwave
When making over-easy eggs in the microwave, the first step is to find a microwave-safe container to cook the eggs in. Briefly heat the container in the microwave before greasing the bottom with either oil or butter, then sprinkle a bit of salt into it. The salt helps it cook evenly in the microwave.
The next step is to break the egg into the container. After this, make sure you lightly pierce the yolk and whites with a fork or toothpick to prevent it from exploding once you begin cooking. If you want the top cooked, make sure you put a lid or cover on top of the eggs.
Finally, turn the microwave on until the yolk’s top begins to cook. Different microwaves cook at different speeds, although most will cook an overeasy egg in some time between 0:45 and 1:30. You can turn your microwave to half heat and cook it for longer for a more controlled cooking experience.
How to Cook a Hard-Boiled Egg in the Microwave
Making hard-boiled eggs in the microwave is a fast and easy way to cook them. First, find a microwavable bowl and fill it with hot water, then submerge your eggs in the water. The water should be at least half an inch above the eggs once you submerge them. Make sure you salt the water; otherwise, the egg could explode.
Second, put the egg in the microwave for five minutes on half-power. Using half-power ensures the egg cooks smoothly and consistently. You can cook as many eggs as will fit in your bowl using this technique, allowing you to cook lots of food with little effort.
Once you follow these two steps, your eggs will be ready for you to peel and eat, just like that!
How to Make a Fried Egg in the Microwave
Making a fried egg is similar to making an over-easy egg. Once again, find yourself a microwavable bowl. You can either use a teaspoon of water or butter to line the bowl, although we recommend butter. Once you line the bowl, crack the egg into it. Make sure you pierce the yolk with a fork or toothpick to prevent it from bursting.
When trying to fry an egg in the microwave, make sure your microwave is at maximum power. Make sure you cover your egg before cooking, either with a paper towel or a plate. However, cooking times will vary by microwave (most will fry an egg in 1:00 – 1:15). Use the microwave until both sides cook thoroughly.
Make sure to let your egg rest for at least 15 seconds after you take it out of the microwave before you start eating.
How to Make Poached Eggs in the Microwave
Poached eggs are one of the trickiest kinds of eggs to make, but using a microwave, you can have them done in a matter of minutes. To poach your eggs right, you will need a thick mug, but a warning: if you get one that is too dense, it will take a little longer to poach your eggs.
Once you have your mug, fill it with warm water. Although many recipes suggested adding vinegar when making poached eggs, this is unnecessary when you are making them in the microwave. If you still want to add vinegar, though, add about one teaspoon of vinegar per cup of water.
Once your mug of water is ready, crack either one or two eggs into it. Once your eggs are in your mug, put them in the microwave and turn the microwave on using the high setting. Most microwaves will poach an egg in 70 seconds, although poaching two eggs can take twice as long.
Poached eggs are the most difficult eggs to get right, and even ten seconds in the microwave can make a huge difference. So if you don’t get it exactly right on your first try, just make a few minor adjustments and try again.
Once you’ve poached your eggs, let them rest for up to a minute to help the egg whites cook. Once you’ve let the eggs rest, drain the excess water from the mug you cooked them in, season them, and dig in!
How to Reheat Eggs in the Microwave
Sometimes you make more eggs than you need, and you decide to save them for later. Most eggs are better when they are warm, although many people prefer hard-boiled eggs when they are cold.
Reheating eggs in the microwave is very easy. All you need to do is find a microwave-friendly plate and put them in the microwave. When reheating eggs, it is best to put the microwave on medium heat to avoid overcooking them. Reheat them for between 30 seconds and 2 minutes, depending on how hot you want them and whether they are fridge or room temperature.
If you are reheating an egg with a runny yolk, make sure to poke a hole in the yolk to prevent it from exploding in the microwave and causing a big mess.
Making eggs in the microwave is a fast and easy alternative to cooking them on a stovetop and can save you cooking time and save on cleanup. All microwaves are different, so if you don’t get your egg just right on the first try, don’t worry; just try again. Once you’ve got the hang of how to cook eggs in a microwave, you won’t want to go back!