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How to boil an egg in the microwave

Updated on August 23, 2017
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What was That You Said? Boiling an Egg in the Microwave!

We are constantly told not to boil eggs in the microwave as they will explode! Well, I'm here to tell you that you can boil an egg in your microwave...

A few years ago when I bought our microwave there was a little booklet with this recipe in it. When my husband suggested the other day that he would like a boiled egg for lunch I decided to use this recipe. Well, I couldn't find the booklet and my new microwave had a warning: DO NOT BOIL EGGS IN THE MICROWAVE! Well, it was the same brand so I didn't believe them. I remembered the recipe okay but wanted to check the timing. Long story short I got the timing right and I'm going to tell you how.

Just read on...

Boiling eggs in the microwave
Boiling eggs in the microwave | Source

What to Do.

Gather your ingredients: eggs, of course!. A microwave proof bowl or jug and aluminium foil. Boil a kettle of water.

Easy so far?

Then the secret is to totally...I mean totally...cover each egg with aluminium foil. Do not let any of the shell show.

I'd say that part of the secret to the use of foil (also considered a non no) is that you cover it with boiling water and it's in a container.

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Place the eggs in the bowl (I used a Tupperware jug with lid).

Cover the foiled eggs with boiling water. Place in the microwave.

Microwave for 2 minutes per egg. This will give a soft boiled egg just the way I like it. I suggest an additional minute for hard boiled.

Does the egg break? Well just as they may break if boiled in water on the stove you may get a cracked egg. The foil keeps the egg together with little leakage. If the egg wasn't going to crack anyway it comes out fine.

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Pyrex bowls and jugs are very useful for boiling your egg in the microwave.

Pyrex Prepware 2-Cup Glass Measuring Cup
Pyrex Prepware 2-Cup Glass Measuring Cup

While I didn't use this jug for my boiled eggs I do own this very jug. What I particularly like about it is that the measurements are easy to see (printed in red) - this is important when you get to a certain age! :)

Not only are the markings for the measures easy to read on the side you can look in the bowl to read the level from the inside. This is very handy!

Shows mls and cup measures.


Are Brown Eggs Better Than White?

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Apparently there is no real difference to the nutritional value of a brown or white egg and they are normally just different breeds or colors of chicken. As to flavor it is supposed to be the feed given to the hens that makes the difference and not because of color.

Either egg contains the same nutrients and will make the same cakes and quiches.

Some still swear by their own preference. Do you have one? And why do you prefer one over the other?

Do you like white or brown eggs? Does it matter to you?

Egg Timers

Boiling your egg in the microwave means you don't need an egg timer...except maybe as a reminder for other things you cook. Or for decoration. I have a couple that sit side by side - cat and mouse set

Actually I often use the timer when doing something that I might get engrossed in and forget about time...such as working on Hub Pages!

60 Minute Kitchen Cook Cooking Timer, Egg Shaped Stainless Steel Timer
60 Minute Kitchen Cook Cooking Timer, Egg Shaped Stainless Steel Timer

I chose this timer as it is like my cat and mouse timers. Only difference is that mine has ears and a face painted on. Mine are also stainless steel and are easy to clean - just a wipe with a damp cloth...yes, they do get a bit greasy sitting above the microwave in the kitchen!

You just turn the timer to the setting of minutes that you need. It has a good ring to let you know time is up!

All reviews on this timer are positive.


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My Perfectly Boiled Egg

My Perfectly Boiled Egg
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Boiled Egg and Toast Soldiers

Boiled egg and soldier
Boiled egg and soldier

The term toast soldiers, or just plain soldiers, is a British term referring to the toast which has been sliced into thin slices. These slices are thin enough to dip into the yummy runny yolk of your egg. The thin strips are thought to remind you of soldiers on parade. It is also thought that the term may originate from the nursery rhyme "Humpty Dumpty" who had a great fall and the soldiers ("all the King's horses and all the King's Men") came to rescue him...but couldn't put him back together again!

The photographer of this picture refers to the toast slices simply as toasted fingers.


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      June Campbell 4 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      Yes, I absolutely did learn something new. I had NO IDEA that you could boil eggs in the microwave, OR that you could put foil in the microwave.

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      I am going to have one soon today and it is a white egg! Thanks for sharing :)

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      Oh the pictures of those eggs has me craving a pouched egg now. I generally have a scrambled egg for breakfast but gosh your pictures looked so good.

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      WinWriter 4 years ago

      Your lens title drew me in from the get-go. I'm very intrigued about trying this :)

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      Camp April 4 years ago

      I never would have been brave enough to try the foil in a microwave. Cool. A must try

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      CampingmanNW 4 years ago

      A very nice, fun lens. Thank you

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      LynetteBell 4 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      @anonymous: Yes, I always use salt in the water if not using the microwave!

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      Ellen Gregory 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      I make omelets and "over easy" eggs in the microwave. Never thought of soft boiled.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Here's Secret my Grandma shared with me, to keep or Minimize the Egg from breaking, put some Salt into the Water before the Water is boiling. By doing this, the shell seem to crack easily, leaving a practically Perfect Egg! This is the way I prepare Hard-boiled Eggs every time now, even soft-boiled eggs come out good!! :D

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      ohcaroline 4 years ago

      I just read the other day about hard-boiled egg in the oven. Now the microwave??? Wow we are breaking some rules of cooking. I will have to give both of them a try.

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      Elsie Hagley 5 years ago from New Zealand

      Well I am a microwave freak if you read my lens, I have a few microwave lens, but you said (cover each egg with aluminium foil. Do not let any of the shell show). you can use foil in a mircowave, but that that much foil, which is a no, no, in a microwave, must be the boiling water covering it, I am surprised the eggs cooked as heat doesn't go through foil that how you stop a cake from burning when cooking in a microwave. Thanks for sharing, I am still wary of trying it.

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      applejacking 5 years ago

      Thanks for new cooking ways here. very creative and it's really new for me.

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      Dusty2 LM 5 years ago

      I would not have believed this if i had not read this lens. Two cardinal rules broken here. Do not hard boil eggs or place anything metallic in microwave. However, you have done both so you are living proof this works. Will have to try this. Where do i send the bill for a new microwave? LOL!

      Anyway, seriously, I want to thank you for stopping by and liking my homemade ice cream recipes. i hope you will enjoy them on one of these hot summer nights..

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      John Tannahill 5 years ago from Somewhere in England

      Thanks for a few moments of lighthearted egginess.

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      Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

      I was surprised to see you used foil in the microwave. Now I'm in the mood for an egg.

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      June Parker 5 years ago from New York

      I didn't know you could boil eggs in the microwave, nor did I know you could use foil in the microwave either. Thanks for the education! *Squid Angel Blessed* and added to "My Squid Angel Blessings for 2012" in the "Food & Cooking » Recipes" neighborhood.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I did not know that I could boil eggs in the mic. Than you! :)

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      Little Linda Pinda 5 years ago from Florida

      Never thought about boiling an egg in the microwave.

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      LynetteBell 5 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      @orange3 lm: Just remember to cover with water!

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      orange3 lm 5 years ago

      I didn't know I could put aluminum foil in the microwave. I'm going to try this! Thanks for the info.