If you’re looking for a quick way to make eggs, the microwave is a great option. You can boil an egg in the microwave, poach it or hard boil it—and each method will take less than 5 minutes. However, if you want really delicious eggs that have that delightful runny yolk and soft white center, you’ll need to use your stovetop instead of the microwave oven. If you’re not sure how long to cook an egg in a microwave or how best to prepare them for cooking, check out these tips:
How to cook an egg in the microwave
Place the eggs in a bowl and cover them with water. Microwave for 2 minutes and 30 seconds per minute, until soft.
To cook a soft-boiled egg, put the eggs in a bowl and cover with water. Microwave until soft, about 2 minutes and 30 seconds per egg.
- Put eggs in a bowl, cover with water and microwave until soft, about 2 minutes and 30 seconds per egg.
- For hard-boiled eggs: place the eggs in a single layer at the bottom of a tall microwave-safe bowl or on top of paper towels on a microwave-safe plate. Microwave for 1 minute; then turn them over on their sides and cook for another minute; repeat this process until cooked through (5 minutes total).
To cook an over-easy or sunny-side up egg, it’s best to keep the yolk runny. Cover the egg with plastic wrap and poke a small hole in the center. Microwave on high for 30 seconds and check. If you like your yolk more cooked, microwave for another 15 seconds.
- Do not put the egg in a bowl of water.
- Do not cover the egg with plastic wrap.
- Do not poke a hole in the egg or microwave it for 30 seconds, as this will cause your yolk to be hard and rubbery rather than soft and runny, which is what you want when making over-easy or sunny-side up eggs! Instead, microwave on high for 15 seconds at a time until you get your desired consistency–you can always add more time if necessary later on.*
To poach an egg, crack each egg into its own ramekin filled with 1 tablespoon of water; cover each ramekin with plastic wrap (leaving some room for steam). Microwave on high for 45 seconds; remove plastic wrap, then flip over each ramekin (you’ll see the white part of the eggs at this point). Microwave on high another 15 seconds; remove from microwave and serve immediately.
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You can make hard boiled eggs in a microwave but they won’t be as delicious as they are if you boil them on your stove top
While you can make hard boiled eggs in a microwave, they won’t be as delicious as they are if you boil them on your stove top. For one thing, microwaves don’t cook food evenly and so the yolk will likely be runny while the white is rubbery and dry. Additionally, microwaves take less time than stoves do–which means that while your egg may come out looking pretty much identical to one that was boiled on an electric burner (and even tasting similarly), it won’t be quite as good because of how long it sat around before serving or eating.
Microwave cooking also ensures consistency between each egg you make: all of them will have the same texture and coloration despite being cooked at different times; this isn’t true for stovetop cooking where sometimes you’ll get results that vary wildly from batch-to-batch based on factors like heat distribution within individual pots or pans used during preparation processes such as simmering meatballs over low heat vs frying up bacon strips at high temperatures until crispiness sets in
We hope you’ve enjoyed learning how to cook eggs in the microwave. It’s a great way to make your breakfast more convenient, but it also gives you more time and energy for other things in life!