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Save Time with Boiled Eggs from Your Microwave

Updated on July 2, 2009
Nordic Ware Microwave Egg Cooker
Nordic Ware Microwave Egg Cooker

Eggs are becoming a popular food again, now that nutritionists have learned the healthy benefits of this natural, easy to prepare snack. Eggs are a good source of choline, a vital nutrient in brain functioning. Choline has also been shown to have natural anti-inflammatory properties. Although nutritionists recommended avoiding eggs in the past, scientists have learned that eggs may actually help reduce your level of blood cholesterol.

To make eggs a handy and portable snack, you should eat them boiled. The main difficulty with boiled eggs is the time they take to prepare. You must wait for the water to boil, then cook the eggs to the desired firmness. Now you can reduce the time to prepare eggs in half by using a microwave egg cooker.

Faster Egg Cooking in the Microwave

Our family tried this egg cooker, made by Nordic Ware. The ad promised it would make "up to 4 perfect hard or soft boiled eggs in your microwave oven", and it does just that. It is simple and easy to use with little to no cleanup. The cooker is dishwasher safe and works by steaming the eggs.

How to Use the Egg Cooker

The cooker looks like an egg, and the inside is lined with metal. You pour water in the base to the fill line, put in the metal tray for the eggs, add your eggs and snap the lid back on. You then put it in the microwave for the length of time you want. We experimented once or twice before we found the exact cooking time for our microwave. But now we get the exact same eggs every time. Use caution taking the cooker back out of the microwave because the water in the bottom is boiling hot and it can leak when you pick it up.

The instructions in the egg cooker are in a very small leaflet and can be easy to lose. I went nuts when I thought I lost mine, because I could not find the instructions anywhere online. Finally, my husband found the leaflet in the recipe box, but I thought I would post the instructions here to help anyone else who can't find the instructions to their cooker.

Nordic Ware Microwave Egg Cooker Instructions:

  • Take out the aluminum tray in the egg cooker's base
  • Pour water in the base up to the fill line, about 1.5 cups
  • Replace the tray and put up to four eggs in the cooker
  • No need to pierce the egg shells
  • Replace the lid and microwave on high for the time stated:

Cooking Times

600 Watt Microwave

  • Soft - 7 Min
  • Medium - 8 Min
  • Hard - 10 Min

800 Watt Microwave

  • Soft - 6 Min
  • Medium - 7 Min
  • Hard - 9 Min

1000 Watt Microwave

  • Soft - 5 Min
  • Medium - 6 Min
  • Hard - 8 Min

Adjust the cooking time for your microwave and write it down on a card in your recipe box so you can always find it.


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      2 years ago

      Thanks I have missed place by instructions.

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      4 years ago

      Thanks, I immediately lost my directions!!

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      Merrie Havens 

      5 years ago

      Thank you for posting the instructions as I just moved and couldn't find mine...

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      Donny Wallace 

      5 years ago

      Timings did not correspond to my 1200 Watt Unit- I had to convert from 700 Watts by transforming 600-700 watts and got the time as 3:30 for a soft boiled egg in a 1200 Watt microwave. Now I will find out if this is correct...

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      5 years ago

      Thank you!! I too lost my instructions in a move!

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      Aless in Oz 

      5 years ago

      Thanks so much for this! After renovating/moving everything out for 6 months, I couldn't find the original instructions(they ARE somewhere!)-you came to my rescue!

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      6 years ago

      I want to second that. I once used mine and the lid wasn't totally down tight. The slight crack was enough for the microwaves to hit the eggs directly - causing one to explode all over the microwave .

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      June & Autumn 

      7 years ago

      Also, be sure to explain to family members/kids NOT to ever put the egg cooker in the microwave without the lid, or without the lid on tight... as the metal creates quite a dangerous show. :(

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      June & Autumn 

      7 years ago

      My daughter (age 14) did not know where I saved the instructions and just used our egg cooker, WITHOUT the water! Needless to say we just had a very loud and messy explosion of eggs for her to clean up. Thanks to google I found this page and confirmed for her that the water was essential in the bottom of the cooker, then we found the instructions and the water is on the first paragraph, it says THIS IS ESSENTIAL TO PREVENT EGGS FROM EXPLODING!, lol... she will never forget the instructions again. (Sad to say this is second time this has happened in our house.) Thanks for the post!!!

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      8 years ago

      I also lost my instructions. This just reaffirms my hypothesis that google holds the answer to all lifes questions.

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      8 years ago

      Thanks for posting this! I lost my instructions too!

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      8 years ago

      I could not believe someone else had lost there instructions. At least one if us found theirs! Thanks so much, u have made my day :)

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      8 years ago

      Thannks so much ur a STAR!

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      Jessica Bosari 

      9 years ago from Plymouth, MA

      So glad I could help. I imagined other people would have the same problem I did!

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      JOHN T 

      9 years ago




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