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How to Make Eggs in the Microwave

  • Author: Amy Palanjian
  • Prep Time: 1
  • Cook Time: 1
  • Total Time: 2 minutes
  • Yield: 1-2 toddler-size servings 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Microwave
  • Cuisine: American

Description

You can season the cooked egg with a little salt, butter or cheese if you’d like, but it’s very good as is. See the Note about the heat setting when cooking in a microwave.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 egg

Instructions

  1. To make a Scrambled Egg: Crack an egg into a heat-safe bowl. Beat lightly with a fork. Cook in the microwave for 30 seconds on normal heat. Remove and fluff and break up with fork until it resembles scrambled eggs. (Depending on your microwave, you may need 5-10 seconds more, but know that it continues to cook as you stir it.)
  2. To make a Soft-Boiled Egg: Place the egg into a heat-safe bowl or glass measuring cup. Cover with boiling water by 1-inch. Cook in the microwave for 60 seconds on normal heat.  Remove egg to a bowl or towel. Let cool down until you can handle it, about 1 minute. Peel. Slice or dice and serve.

Notes

I do this on the regular heat setting in my 1000 watt microwave. There is a wide range in heat settings on microwaves so you may need to try it a few ways to get it perfect for you. If your microwave tends to run hot, if it’s higher wattage, of you have it set on high power, or if you are at all worried that the egg might explode, stop and start the microwave every 15 seconds to avoid overheating the scrambled egg and/or try 45 seconds for the soft-boiled egg. Or consider reducing the power setting to 80%.

When making scrambled eggs, use a bowl that’s at least twice as big as the egg so it has room to expand as it cooks.

You can stir in shredded cheese and/or a little bit of finely chopped spinach into the cooked scrambled eggs to make it into a more complex scramble.

I like to make my microwaved soft-boiled eggs in a 2 cup glass measuring cup, which is heat-safe and provides ample room for cooking.

When making soft-cooked eggs, the yolk will be somewhat firm after the cooking time is up, but still a little runny if you peel them within a minute or two. If you prefer your yolks to be more firm, let sit for at least 5 minutes before peeling and serving and it will continue to cook.

Store any leftovers in the fridge for up to 3 days in a small airtight container.

Keywords: scrambled eggs, how to cook eggs in microwave

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