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How to Boil Eggs in the Microwave

by Stephanie

NEW!! See how to make runny yolk poached eggs in the microwave in just seconds!

All microwaves are different, so this method might not work for you.  If you have an air fryer, I find air fryer boiled eggs work out perfectly every single time I’ve tried them in multiple different air fryers. 

Whether you want soft or hard boiled eggs, you can easily and quickly make them in the microwave.  If you have limited space like a microfridge, you can buy a 6 pack of eggs and boil 2 at a time. 

updated 7/15/2022

How to boil eggs in the microwave

Personally, I like my eggs sliced opened, medium boiled with a sprinkle of salt.   But, my college age daughter loves tuna salad and egg salad sandwiches.  These are both easy to whip up in your room with ready made boiled eggs. 

Can you Boil Eggs in the Microwave?

I’ve seen lots of advice on boiling eggs in the microwave from not doing it at all to poking a hole in the bottom of each egg with a thumbtack before boiling to prevent eggs exploding.  I have never poked a hole in the bottom of the eggs, but I use salt in the water.  I haven’t had an egg explosion yet.

It’s very important you either add the salt OR you poke holes.  Otherwise, there is a very real chance your eggs could explode.  Wet egg and shell splattered all over the microwave does not sound fun at all to clean up.

I love medium boiled eggs.

I tend to like medium boiled eggs where the yolk is not completely firm but also not runny.  They are perfect for breakfast. It’s almost like eating fried eggs. I love them sliced up and put on top of a couple slices of sourdough toast.

However, if you want to make some tuna salad or egg salad or chop a boiled egg in just a regular green salad, I recommend boiling your eggs until they are hard boiled with firm yolks.

Boil eggs in the microwave in a microwave safe bowl

How to Boil Eggs in the Microwave

You’ll want to use a microwave safe bowl and place the eggs in the bottom.  Then, fill with hot water about 1/2 inch over the eggs.

Next, add a 1/2 teaspoon of salt per egg. DO NOT FORGET THIS STEP! This helps prevent egg explosions.

How do you want your eggs?

  1. For soft boiled eggs with runny yolks, remove them from the hot water immediately as soon as they come out of the microwave and plunge into ice water.
  2. For my favorite, medium boiled eggs, when the eggs are done in the microwave, I let them sit for 5 minute in the water.  Then, I immediately put them in a bowl with ice water.
  3. If you want hard boiled with eggs with firm yolks, allow the eggs to sit in the hot water for 6-8 minutes.
Put the eggs back in the paper egg carton after boiling.

How do you store boiled eggs?

  • Eating the boiled eggs immediately? Peel them after they’ve sat in the cold water for 2-3 minutes.
  • Storing in the fridge to use later? Dry the eggs, keep them unpeeled and put them in a zipper baggie with a paper towel and seal it up.
  • Still have the paper egg carton? Just put them back in it, and mark on the carton that these are boiled eggs and the date.

*Microwaves can vary, so you might need to experiment on your microwave to see what time works best.  These times were based on a 1500 watt microwave.

How to make Boiled Eggs in the Microwave
Yield: 2 eggs

How to make Boiled Eggs in the Microwave

Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 8 minutes 7 seconds
Additional Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes 7 seconds

Make boiled eggs ahead of time and keep them in a fridge for a easy snack or to make something quick like tuna or egg salad.


  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt PER egg
  • enough water to completely submerge eggs plus 1/2 inch above the eggs


  1. Add 2 eggs in the bottom of a microwave safe bowl.
  2. Cover the eggs with water at least 1/2 inch above the eggs.
  3. Add a 1/2 teaspoon of salt for each egg such as 1 teaspoon for 2 eggs and 2 teaspoons for 4 eggs.
  4. Microwave for 4 minutes. Then let sit for 1 minute.
  5. Microwave for an additional 3 to 4 minutes.
  6. Fill another bowl with ice and water or cold water.
  7. If you want soft boiled eggs with runny egg yolks, let the eggs sit in the microwave in the water for 2-3 minutes.
  8. If you want medium boiled eggs, allow them to stay in the microwave in the hot water for 6-7 additional minutes.
  9. If you want hard boiled eggs, allow them to sit in the hot water in the microwave for 8-10 minutes more.
  10. When that time is up, use a slotted spoon to place them in the ice water. For soft boiled, let them sit in the cold water for 1 minute. For medium boiled, allow them to sit in the cold water for 2-3 minutes, and for hard boiled, let them sit for about 5 minutes.


  • It's safest to store boiled eggs unpeeled in the shell.
  • Store HARD BOILED EGGS in the shell in a closed container with a paper towel up to a week.
  • Store SOFT BOILED EGGS in the shell in a closed container for 1-2 days.

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Recipe Ideas for Boiled Eggs

Once you have some boiled eggs, there’s a few things you can make:

  • tuna salad
  • deviled eggs
  • egg salad sandwiches
  • tuna melt surprise

Here’s quite a few recipes you could make for quick lunches or dinners with just a few boiled eggs you made in the microwave.

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Ozark Marc April 9, 2020 - 7:43 am

You did not say how long to microwave them. You said everything but. Please update this

tiptoematic April 9, 2020 - 7:55 am

If you look at the recipe instructions it gives minutes per number of eggs. 4 min for 2 eggs, etc.

Chip L April 30, 2020 - 8:02 am

Isn’t the idea of a microwave to make things faster and easier? Boiling eggs in water on the stove takes maybe 2 minutes more and works just fine. No fear of explosion and probably cooks better that way also.

tiptoematic May 3, 2020 - 3:35 am

Hey Chip, thanks so much for the comment. Believe it or not, some places, like college dorm rooms don’t have stoves or allow hot plates for boiling. So, often, the microwave is all you got. Thanks for stopping by! 😉

Greg June 13, 2020 - 12:34 pm

This did not work. I followed the instructions and my eggs were still liquid inside.

Daniel June 14, 2020 - 3:34 pm

I tried it for 6 large eggs, but it wasn’t long enough for large eggs.

Rosie June 25, 2020 - 3:40 pm

Using a 1600 watt microwave, I tried cooking four eggs as instructed. I let them set afterwards for three minutes. Parts of the egg whites had started to cook. STARTED. Even if the composition of the bowl is a factor, I don’t see how five minutes of cooking could possibly work.

Va July 1, 2020 - 10:13 pm

I did 8 eggs and 12 minutes and then let them sit for another 5 minutes. Didn’t work at all

Lena July 1, 2020 - 11:10 pm

I tried it and worked for me. Maybe it’s not the way it’s cook, maybe it’s the cook themselves.Anyway thank you for sharing the information and a new way to cook eggs..

Anonymous July 6, 2020 - 3:08 am

Fantastic!! Thank you ! Cooked 4 eggs for 5 minutes and… perfectly cooked hard boiled eggs!! Yummy 😋!

Pattie July 10, 2020 - 5:49 pm

Thank you for posting this info! I attempted to boil 6 eggs in the microwave for 6 minutes. I then let them sit in the hot water for about 4 or 5 additional minutes. They weren’t hard, and they were soft….somewhere in the middle but perfect for my tuna salad! I didn’t have access to a stove, so I was thrilled to fine I could boil the eggs in the microwave without them exploding!

Kim Thomas July 18, 2020 - 10:04 am

Making these now

Peter July 30, 2020 - 9:20 pm

Your method sucks! For those who have never cooked, you should put a disclaimer at the first place, if you are trying to hard boil more then two eggs, you must increase the time! I’m sticking to the Julie Child’s method found in her book. “Julia’s kitchen wisdom” page 70. Poke a 1/4” hole in large end, place in deep saucepan, Cover with 3 1/2 quarts of cold water. Bring just to a rolling boil, remove from heat, cover the pan, and let sit for exactly 17 minutes. Transfer the eggs to a bowl of ice and water and let chill for a few minutes to shrink the egg body from the shell. Meanwhile reheat cooking water to boil. Lower six chilled eggs at a time into the boiling water and let boil for exactly 10 seconds to expand the shelf from the egg body. Let’s chill for 20 minutes or more. Well chilled eggs are easier to peel. I’ve used this method, works very good, maybe not 100% perfect, and takes awhile, but at least this method produces eggs that are cooked, not runny to the point of having to throw them out, and you don’t have any explosions in the microwave. Your method is not as long, but at least Julia’s method produces eggs you can eat! Wasted 3 eggs, thanks for nothing… I mean, who prepares hard boiled eggs 1 or 2 at a time anyways?

Victoria August 7, 2020 - 8:22 pm

So i am an avid fan on boiled eggs. But this may have just ruined it for me. I put 4 eggs in a bowl with salt, and put them in the microwave for 6:30. Then let them sit in the hot water for another 4 minutes. Just in case. But when I cracked them open the egg white was still runny. I was incredibly disappointed.

Henny August 12, 2020 - 8:32 am

You should change, ‘egg explosion’ to ‘egg-splosion’ simply because that’s what my mind read each time lolol! Thanks for the recipe, works great for making a couple eggs on the run, definitely not intended for a large batch at once.

Shelley Hanan August 19, 2020 - 10:31 pm

6 minutes for six eggs did not cook them, so I put them back in the microwave and they exploded. Been cleaning up vaporized egg from my kitchen for the last 2 hours. Never doing this again. Will always use the stove top.

Karen August 22, 2020 - 2:36 pm

Tried with two eggs and they were perfect. Tried 6 eggs and perfect. I added salt AND pricked the bottom with a needle. Thanks.

Veronica August 27, 2020 - 12:06 pm

Made them this morning to have for lunch. I just went to peel the egg, and is almost completely raw! Thanks for ruining my lunch, it is totally inedible! 😡

D B September 12, 2020 - 5:36 am

Once again…..did not work. Eggs ruined.

Kelsey September 24, 2020 - 7:20 pm

Did not work! Egg exploded.

Steve Boyer September 26, 2020 - 8:16 am

This does not work. I did what it said for 4 eggs and they were barely cooked at all. Left them in the water for 4 minute.
Don’t waste your eggs.
This post should be taken down!!!!!

Anonymous September 26, 2020 - 8:50 am

Did not work, I poked holes and now have exploded egg all over my microwave. UGH!

Tony September 29, 2020 - 12:53 pm

OK I read the reviews and I would like to say what I have tried that worked. I have a 1000w microwave. I started out by putting bowl of hot water in microwave and cooked on high 3 minutes. I poked hole in eggs and put 2 in bowl. Covered with plastic wrap and cooked for 4 minutes. Left eggs in water for additional 3 minutes then put eggs in ice water bath to cool. Eggs came out hard boiled and very nicely. Shell removed completely without fighting it. Obviously if you cook more than 2 eggs time will need to be adjusted as an cook knows.

Chris October 9, 2020 - 7:13 am

It worked for me:
800w Microwave
6 Medium Eggs
3 Tbs Salt
11 Mins 15 Secs in Microwave
3 mins in warm water
This was for firm yolks

Chris October 9, 2020 - 7:15 am

That should have been tsp not tbs of salt

Ben October 11, 2020 - 12:02 pm

My eggs exploded. now my microwave is a huge mess and my kitchen smells like eggs. Would not recommend.

Pastor Angie October 24, 2020 - 7:28 am

I have tried this and adjusted my times based on the size of my microwave. Perfection. Thank you. I can now boil eggs in the morning while getting ready for work without worrying about the pot boiling over. I appreciate your blog and I am someone who doesn’t like to use a microwave except to reheat my coffee. LOL.

For those of you who insist on leaving negative and mean replies: please read the “about” information. This blog was started to help her child be able to cook some things in the microwave in the dorm where there is NO STOVE. I applaud this mom for taking time to do this. And then sharing with all of us. Be kind. If it doesn’t work for you, just say it didn’t work and move on.

Hilary Okuonzi November 12, 2020 - 5:24 am

Am using 800watt microwave. How long do you think that should take???

Anonymous November 12, 2020 - 7:31 pm

This comment section is full of morons. It works.. it clearly works. Idiots complaining on here as if the its going to solve there problem. There are many variables in this that effect cooking time because of the way a microwave cooks… SO If overcooked, start again, less time… If its not cook – DO IT LONGER. Jesus Christ what morons

If overpopulation becomes too much of an issue we should use this as the test for euthanasia. If you can’t boil an egg in a microwave. Bang.

Jodie November 15, 2020 - 8:32 am

I did two eggs, one minute and 30 seconds into it, they both exploded and caused a huge mess. 1000w LG microwave.

Kk November 16, 2020 - 4:51 pm

BEWARE!! Well i put 4 eggs in salted water in the microwave for 1.5 mins after my eggs were too softboiled and runny on the stovetop and they EXPLODED in my face, i have burn marks and my kitchen is covered in eggs ceiling to floor. Lessons learned. Ugh, stop reading crap on the internet and thinking it’s tried and true. Visit the cooking network or a reputable website instead would have been the wiser.

Anonymous November 16, 2020 - 4:55 pm

Maybe the elevation has something to do with it.

Gaby December 16, 2020 - 7:50 pm

Haters need to chill. I put two eggs in a microwave safe glass pyrex measuring cup. I added one teaspoon of salt. I added hot water from my electric kettle so that the eggs are really submerged and there’s like a little less than an inch above them. I microwaved them for about 3 minutes before adding plastic wrap on top. I microwaved off an on for about 5 minutes, but my microwave wattage is 900. I let my eggs sit for a while (didn’t check the time) because I was busy. They peeled super easy and they are even a little bit overcooked! (which is my bad, not the instructions’ fault)

Sandra December 29, 2020 - 4:51 pm

It works just follow the recipe. Thank you. Cooktop not working after electrician visit yayh…given all the negative reviews I was wondering..so I put a heavy lid over my Pyrex jug as did not want to have to clean up..

Anonymous January 12, 2021 - 6:44 pm

Very sad that people are not kind. I wasted 3 eggs, but I am not angry. I am learning something. The eggs were not done enough for me. I wish I knew why (1100 watt microwave 4 1/2 minutes- 3 eggs- 3 more minutes sitting in the hot water). But oh well, I think it will work if I increase the time. 😉 Patience everyone! 🙂

yogiman January 18, 2021 - 12:16 pm

Microwaves are so different, If the time shown is too slow on your micro, add another minute to the cooking time. And keep adding until you “hit” the right time.

Nathan Wigfield January 25, 2021 - 6:08 am

4 mins for 2 eggs, placed immediately in cold water afterwards…i like my eggs runny but not raw…hadn’t even started to cook! What are you using for 4 mins to cook them, a nuclear reactor?

Private January 27, 2021 - 2:15 pm

I tried this today for lunch as I had forgotten to boil eggs for my husband’s and my salads. It worked well. I prepared two medium boiled eggs. I included 1 tsp of pink salt, hot tap water covering at least a 1/2 inch over the eggs, used a microwave safe soup bowl, cooked for 4 minutes, covered with press and seal and cooked for an additional two minutes (at one minute increments). I allowed the eggs to sit while I crafted our salads, then placed in an ice bag. They were perfectly prepared. Thank you for this information.

Stella March 1, 2021 - 11:29 am

I put 3 eggs in a dish, covered with 1/2″ of water, 2 T. salt and cooked for 3 min. Nothing…
cooked for another 3 min., still runny. Finally gave up and put them in a kettle and cooked them.
Perhaps it should be specified if the eggs were room temp., if you add hot water, etc. Poor directions as far as I’m concerned.

Jonathan Avis March 11, 2021 - 7:02 pm

This site shld get taken down! Microwave eggs can and will explode in your face!

Jonathan Avis March 11, 2021 - 7:10 pm

Why not just fry them in the frying pan! ARRRGGGGHHHH!

Daisy March 14, 2021 - 4:52 pm

Tried for 1 egg. – microwaved 4 minutes and let set for 3. Was mildly suspicious, so cracked it on a paper towel. It was still liquid.

Sylvie April 2, 2021 - 12:53 pm

I boiled 2 eggs as instructed. They were both so runny I threw them out! Last time I do that. 😕

I love eggs April 26, 2021 - 4:06 pm

Thanks for this! Worked great for me, first try.
My microwave is 750 watts. I cooked 6 eggs [with 1 T salt] in a clear glass bowl that has its own tightly fitting glass cover: 12 minutes. [I looked up a chart that said to double the time, since the time of 6 minutes was for a 1500 watt microwave]. Let them sit in the warm water as directed = Perfect and delicious

Chris May 9, 2021 - 6:30 pm

I have 700 watt microwave. I used hot water from my tap and microwave it three minutes alone. Added 2 tea spoons salt for two eggs. Put my two eggs inside the bowl which submerged under water and cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Microwave eggs 8 minutes, let them sit in hot water 4 minutes more. The result was perfectly boiled eggs. Thank you so much for this amazing instructions.

Amber May 31, 2021 - 2:37 pm

Complete GARBAGE of a recipe! Eggs were still completely raw after following directions to a T for 4 eggs. Shame on me for not wanting to get out my steamer like I always do for perfect eggs!!

Macdonald June 13, 2021 - 12:40 pm

Useless, you didn’t give the time for one egg. i’m not going to read through your long winded page, I want to know now, right now, one egg how long.
Fortunately there are dozens of other sites thar just give me the info i want to the question I googled, ‘How long to microwave a boiled egg’ not ‘What’s everything i can do to an egg in a microwave?’ or ‘How long for 4/5/6 a dozen eggs’ Just one fecking egg woman!!!

Bill C June 15, 2021 - 12:50 am

Won’t try this again. 2 eggs, cooked 4 minutes, left in hot water 3 minutes… and what did I get? Soft-boiled eggs. Waste of time.

John Lewis June 17, 2021 - 2:33 am

I did this today at work. 6 eggs in a hot salty water (did not count the tsp) for 7.5 minutes. Turned out to be very nice. not hard egg yolk but that creamy nice one.

Thank you very much

Lisa July 26, 2021 - 12:17 pm

This didn’t work. Four uncooked eggs was my result.

Michael July 31, 2021 - 9:38 am

I tried to boil 5 eggs for 6 minutes following the instructions. After waiting 3 minutes and submerging them in cold water the eggs were sticking to the shell like demons to a soul. They were also not cooked. At least they didn’t explode. I suppose some trial and error will be necessary depending on the type of bowl you use and the wattage of microwave and the temperature of the water before it goes in.

H Klous August 15, 2021 - 12:37 am

It works but the main issue would probably be the cooking time. So it is a trial and error type deal until you get what you want. I wanted hard boiled but got medium bold the first try. So I guess I will have to increase the times. Microwaves are not all built the same . Your right , I do love to boil 6 eggs and I usually store them in the fridge. then the wife will move the eggs with the raw eggs. Fun trying to figure out which one is which.

H Klous August 15, 2021 - 3:48 pm

A microwave conversion chart might help determine the proper time frames. Google search or download an apk for the modern man. It may require some tinkering but it should make it easier to find that golden time.

If you have an iPhone, Watts Up? is available , which is totally free and intuitive. If you’re using an Android phone like a Samsung Galaxy or Razer, then Microwave Wattage Converter is the one you want, also free on google play

H Klous August 15, 2021 - 3:57 pm

Also any google search for microwave cooking time calculators will show multiple sites where they can calculate the times based on the wattage of your microwave.

Anthony September 19, 2021 - 3:37 pm

Absolute FAIL. The instructions don’t take into account the size of the bowl or the volume of water. Does the water need to come to a boil before you start the timer?
It also states, “enough water to cover 1/2 inch above the eggs”. Well, the eggs float so that isn’t possible and is inconsistent with the photos in the recipe.
Take this recipe down,

a October 21, 2021 - 2:13 am

I followed the directions by both poking a hole and using salty water
what a mess. don’t do this unless you want to clean up egg from your microwave.

Anonymous October 24, 2021 - 12:42 pm

It works. But you have to use HOT water. The instructions at the end don’t specify this.

Anon November 2, 2021 - 5:19 am

Followed all the instructions to a T but ended up with raw eggs at the end. 🙁

Sun November 3, 2021 - 10:40 pm

This recipe was a life saver. I’m in an RV and all I have is a microwave and a water boiler. These eggs turned out perfectly.

In a 900W microwave, I cooked 3 eggs for 8 minutes and let them sit in the hot water for another 4, then moved to an ice bath. I poked holes AND added salt.

Now I can enjoy hard boiled eggs EVERYDAY. My partner better WATCH OUT.

Anonymous November 9, 2021 - 7:28 am

As a qualified chef, I can assure all those with failed attempts that this method does work… BUT, 1. Older eggs will float in the water (just hold them down to guage the water depth). Older eggs also peel more easily than fresh eggs.
2. Select a container that allows a single layer of eggs to fit in the base, so a small bowl for fewer eggs, larger bowl for more eggs (you should be able to rattle the eggs gently, not roll them around like a pinball game!)
3. All microwaves are different, so increase your cook time to suit lower wattage, older/tired microwaves (check you don’t have a partial power setting activated). Similarly, reduce the cook time if you have an over-zealous nuclear reactor!
4. Start with room temperature eggs and hot water. Take eggs from the fridge 10-15 minutes before cooking (do this to prevent cracked, leaking eggs when boiling on the stove too)
5. MEASURE the appropriate amount of salt per egg and dissolve it in the water before adding eggs. Guesstimating the salt levels will result in exploded eggs, unless you have a good eye for measurements.
6. Someone has taken the time to share this technique with us all. If you fail, adjust your method and try again… no need for cranky comments to the poster. Be kind people!

Eggless Briar November 25, 2021 - 12:42 am

It is 1:00 AM. In the past 24 hours, I have consumed nothing but a bowl of cereal and a 16.9 FL oz Lipton iced tea. I crave sustenance so I move to my kitchen… only eggs lay within the fridge. I do not want to deal with pans at this hour, so I make a google search and come across this article. I place two eggs in hot water with a teaspoon of salt, covered half an inch as directed, and put them in my 1550 watt microwave for 4 minutes. To avoid awakening anyone, I stop the microwave with one second left on the timer and submerge my glorious eggs into the ice water. I wait 3 minutes and begin to peel, but I am inconsolably devastated to discover my beautiful creations were a lie, and raw, liquid egg drips from my fingers like the blood of a fallen comrade. I fall to my knees and mourn my eggs. My life is over. I will starve as justmicrowaveit.com wills me to. Yea don’t do this 0/5 stars

Carolyn Schiffhouer December 5, 2021 - 12:53 pm

did the author ever try to follow these directions. 5 minutes with 4 eggs covered with water to 1/2 an inch above….is only time enough to warm the eggs a bit. They were still runny and I have an 1100 microwave. This is a failure….will try the Instant Pot next

Jamie A December 17, 2021 - 1:49 am

Exploded egg all over the inside of my microwave. FAIL. This should be competition on Top Chef.

Nikki Triick December 20, 2021 - 10:07 pm

Only did 2, definitely exploded and just a blew the door off the microwave. Do not recommend

kevin thomas January 2, 2022 - 9:33 am

I followed your instructions,it was a fail. I got liquid egg with some cooked chunks! I tried 2 eggs, the salt and pepper amount of water. Doesn’t work. Not to mention eggs cracked and leaked out.

Jayden January 29, 2022 - 1:27 pm

This put out my power and exploded my microwave If you read this do not try this PLEASE Ban THIS SITE

Payton February 15, 2022 - 12:47 am

I’m not sure how everyone failed this. I did it twice with 5 eggs each time. The only difference was I made sure to pretty much cover the whole egg in water and I didn’t put as much salt (3tsp each time). I did 1 minute at a time for 4 minutes, let sit for a bit and then did it again. Let sit in the hot water for a while (prob 5 minutes) then poured the water out and ran really cold water on them until the eggs were cold. Then peeled. They turned out fine and my dog will enjoy her eggs.

Not ever February 15, 2022 - 2:58 am

What a bullshit website. I wonder if you could make it more obvious what this page is for, probably not.

P.S how to boil eggs in a fucking microwave should take about 5 lines I text

Website blocked

Sherrie Phelps Jones March 6, 2022 - 7:12 pm

My God people this lady has explained not everyone had a stove to cook on. I myself haven’t even tried it yet because I start reading all these negative comments yall have wasted nothing but time. I’m in a rv setting and yes it’s not the best thing but it will do for now. Ideas like this may help alot of people in different situations. You don’t have to be so hateful. Our society has plum gone down the drain. So I’m going to try the idea for boiling eggs in microwave. If it works great if it don’t it dont.

Sarah March 11, 2022 - 5:15 am

I put a single egg, my very last one in quarantine, in a large mug and filled with water and it didn’t last a minute. Thank you Stephanie From Dallas Mom Of Four, my microwave is now a very eggy bomb site and my favourite mug is ruined.

Anonymous March 27, 2022 - 9:02 am

. The egg in the microwave exploded after 3 minutes. My whole kitchen is covered in egg, and it quite possibly might have broken my microwave. I followed the instructions exactly, so I’m not sure what happened. I do not recommend doing this.

mike April 6, 2022 - 8:49 pm

I agree with the posting below is good information, not all microwaves are the same and not all containers are the same. I have a 1500w microwave from 1995 and it took me 3 attempts to make it work The basic information is there. Try it in stages not all out.
It works well when you figure out all the parameters.
Cheers to the lady and all the positive recommendations.
Those who try it once, all out ,,,,,
Posted on November 9, 2021 at 7:28 am
As a qualified chef, I can assure all those with failed attempts that this method does work… BUT, 1. Older eggs will float in the water (just hold them down to guage the water depth). Older eggs also peel more easily than fresh eggs.
2. Select a container that allows a single layer of eggs to fit in the base, so a small bowl for fewer eggs, larger bowl for more eggs (you should be able to rattle the eggs gently, not roll them around like a pinball game!)
3. All microwaves are different, so increase your cook time to suit lower wattage, older/tired microwaves (check you don’t have a partial power setting activated). Similarly, reduce the cook time if you have an over-zealous nuclear reactor!
4. Start with room temperature eggs and hot water. Take eggs from the fridge 10-15 minutes before cooking (do this to prevent cracked, leaking eggs when boiling on the stove too)
5. MEASURE the appropriate amount of salt per egg and dissolve it in the water before adding eggs. Guesstimating the salt levels will result in exploded eggs, unless you have a good eye for measurements.
6. Someone has taken the time to share this technique with us all. If you fail, adjust your method and try again… no need for cranky comments to the poster. Be kind people!

Sprinkled April 16, 2022 - 4:02 pm

PLEASE NEVER DO THIS! I just tried this, exploded in my face, got 2nd-degree burns, and almost ended up in the hospital. The pain is unbearable, please don’t do this EVER

Ben Dover April 26, 2022 - 6:42 pm

Egg exploded 🙁

Lisa September 10, 2022 - 9:50 pm

We were not able to get cooked eggs by following these instructions. After trial and error, this worked great and we had hard boiled eggs for breakfast in our vacation hotel room.m: (1) Use a medium bowl or Tupperware large enough for 5 eggs. (2) Add warm water to cover the eggs and the salt proportions per egg listed above. (3) Cover with a paper plate (4) Cook in microwave for 5-6 minutes. (5) Let sit for 1 minute. (6) Cook again in microwave for 5-6 minutes. (7) Let sit for 8-10 minutes. (8) Put eggs in ice water for 5-6 minutes. (9) Refrigerate in shell until ready to eat.

Tammy October 9, 2022 - 8:27 pm

Perfect! I did 4 ex LG eggs with water, salt, a dash of baking soda (so they DON’T explode) and vinegar. 4min high, 1 min rest. 4min high, 8 min rest. Then straight to the ice bath for 5 min. Perfect hard boiled eggs for someone who has a broken stove. I believe baking soda is the key.

Robin Mitchell November 10, 2022 - 11:24 am

I tried this exactly as you said and the eggs exploded in my microwave and now my microwave is ruined. I can’t even get the door open. I can’t even tell if my microwave plate broke or the microwave safe dish that I had it in is broken because I can’t get the door open.

Greg November 13, 2022 - 11:24 am

We are going thru a kitchen remodel and don’t have a stove and was craving a boiled eggs.
I followed your instructions for hard boiled eggs. I cooked 3 eggs at high in a 1,200 watt microwave. I added one minute for a total of 8 minutes. They turned out great. Thank you.

Sunit Kumar November 19, 2022 - 1:37 pm

Thank you great Eggs cooked in Minutes. I like the way you wrote easy to prepare. I didnt add salt once and the shells were hard to be removed. Then when I put the salt it was easy as you had written in the Blog. I accepted your instructions to cook the eggs in Microwave instrument and results were very good. God Bless You From- Sunit Kumar Jharkhand

Anonymous December 26, 2022 - 2:06 pm

To tell if your eggs are done before cracking the shell, place the eggs on a flat surface and spin them. A raw egg will barely make one revolution, a boiled egg will spin like a top.

Julia March 13, 2023 - 4:25 pm

I had to nearly triple the cooking time. I was always told to let the eggs rest in the pan of boiling water for almost 20 minutes for them to hard boil. The idea of dousing them in ice water before they even begin to really coo was a bit ludicrous to me. What I ended up doing was heating them in increments; 4 minutes then wait 1, 5 minutes, wait 2, and finally 5 minutes, wait 15. I’ll post my results is about 25 minutes.

INVS Logistics March 31, 2023 - 4:06 pm

Mutluluğun değerini, onu kaybettikten sonra anlarız. – Plautus

Anonymous April 6, 2023 - 6:46 pm

I cracked my eggs after I followed the recipe and it was raw. Don’t waste your eggs or your time!

mary rose July 13, 2023 - 2:36 pm

Came across this, and the comments gave me a good laugh. Some of you need to think about this. If your water had not come to a boil by the time you take the eggs out of the microwave…..they won’t be done. Just like if you did them on the stove-the water would need to come to a boil-first. Those tossing the eggs that did not reach the stage you wanted-you actually threw them out? Waste. So many things you could have done. If not right away, stick them in a bowl, refrigerate. Next day take some veggies cook til almost done, add the not quite done egg-cook a little more-easy sauce.


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