Thought you couldn’t cook eggs in the microwave? Think again. With these easy tips, incredible edible eggs can be cooked in the microwave for quick, satisfying, high protein, low calorie meals. And the best news, the clean-up afterwards is a snap.
Poke the Yolk
If you have ever attempted to microwave an egg in it’s shell, that’s one mistake you’ll never repeat. Eggs left in their shell will explode in the microwave because of the steam build-up inside the egg. Unless you poke the yolk of an egg removed from it’s shell, it may also explode in the microwave due to the build-up of steam which occurs under the yolk’s membrane. Before cooking an egg (that’s not beaten) in the microwave, use the tip of a knife or wooden toothpick to poke a tiny vent hole in the egg yolk.
The egg yolk contains fat, making it cook quicker than the egg white. To more evenly cook unbeaten eggs in the microwave, reduce the cooking power by 50%. When cooking poached eggs or omelets in water or scrambled eggs, full microwave power can be used.
Cover and Rotate
Covering the microwave cooking container also encourages more even cooking. Use a plastic lid, plastic wrap, wax paper or paper towel as a container cover.
At least once during the microwave cooking time, stir the eggs to promote even cooking. If your microwave does not have a turn table, rotate the container a couple of times during cooking as well.
Microwave a Cup of Eggs
For an easy on-the-go breakfast, microwave a cup of scrambled eggs topped with cheese. Spray a microwave-safe coffee cup with non-stick cooking spray, break two eggs in the cup, add two tablespoons of milk, salt and pepper to taste, then give it a good stir with a fork. Cover cup, microwave on high for 45 seconds, stir, return to microwave for 30 more seconds. Top with cheese (ketchup, hot sauce, etc.) and enjoy.
Fresh eggs are hard to peel, so it’s best to allow eggs to sit in the refrigerator for a week to 10 days prior to cooking them. This resting time allows the eggs to take in air, which helps the interior membrane separate from the shell. To easily peel hard boiled eggs, immediately after the eggs have finished boiling, plunge them into ice cold water for two minutes, then peel.