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 them all together. Then, it’s just a matter of pulling 1 or 2 out for a meal.
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. Plus, with 4-6 boiled eggs, you can make enough to last a few days.
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.
Medium boiled eggs is what I like, where the yolk is not completely firm but also not runny. They are perfect with 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.
Microwaving Boiled Eggs
You’ll want to use a microwave safe bowl and place the eggs in the bottom. Then, fill with hot water (if you can find hot water) about 1/2 inch over the eggs.
Next, add a 1/2 teaspoon of salt per egg, so if you have 6 eggs, that would be 3 teaspoons of salt. DO NOT FORGET THIS STEP! This helps prevent egg explosions.
Now, I love medium boiled eggs, so when the eggs are done in the microwave, I let them sit for 1 minute in the water. Then, I immediately put them in a bowl with ice water.
For soft boiled eggs with runny yolks, then remove them from the hot water immediately as soon as they come out of the microwave and plunge into ice water. If you want hard boiled with eggs with firm yolks, allow the eggs to sit in the hot water for 2-3 minutes.
If I’m eating them immediately, I peel the eggs after they’ve sat in the cold water for 2-3 minutes. Instead, if I’m putting them in the fridge to use later, I dry the eggs, keeping them unpeeled and put them in a zipper baggie with a paper towel and seal it up, or if I have a paper egg carton, I will just place them back in it and I 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.
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.
- 2-6 eggs
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt PER egg
- enough water to cover 1/2 inch above the eggs
- Add 2 to 6 eggs in the bottom of a microwave safe bowl.
- Cover the eggs with water at least 1/2 inch above the eggs.
- Add a 1/2 teaspoon of salt for each egg such as 1 teaspoon for 2 eggs and 3 teaspoons for 6 eggs.
- Microwave for 4 minutes for 2 eggs, 5 minutes for 4 eggs, 6 minutes for 6 eggs.
- Fill another bowl with ice and water or cold water.
- If you want soft boiled eggs with runny egg yolks, immediately remove the eggs from the water and plunge in a ice cold water.
- If you want hard boiled eggs, allow them to stay in the hot water for 2-3 additional minutes. Two minutes will give you just slightly creamy egg yolks. Three minutes will give you firm egg yolks.
- 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.
Recipe Ideas for Boiled Eggs
Now that you have some boiled eggs ready to go, there’s a few things you can make like tuna salad, egg salad, deviled eggs.
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.