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All I have is a mug, water and microwave. How do I cook a boiled egg?

Need to cook boiled eggs, how long in the MW?

asked by GIOVANNI50 over 5 years ago
8 answers 6075 views
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Rachael is a trusted home cook.

added over 5 years ago

It's not going to taste like a fried egg at all but here you go: Spray the inside of your coffee mug with some cooking oil or butter. Break the egg and beat it well with a fork (if you don't it will explode all over your microwave). Add salt and pepper or whatever. Microwave, covered with a paper towel or tupperware lid. Time will depend on how powerful your microwave is. Mine take about 44 seconds.

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added over 5 years ago

Thanks but I was hoping for a boiled egg that I could peel at the end. Boiling it with the water in the mug. Thoughts ?

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Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

added over 5 years ago

I read an article once and they suggested that you hard cook the egg out of the shell if you are going to microwave, they also suggested separating the white from the yolk. I would oil the mug add the egg white first and nuke it for maybe 30-45 seconds and check for doneness. Then do the same with the yolk. I think that they said to separate them because the white of the egg may cook quicker than the yolk. It's all a science experiment.

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added over 5 years ago

I've had varying degrees of success with poaching eggs in the microwave (the trick is bringing at least 2 cups of water per egg to a rolling boil, cracking in the egg and then returning the thing to the microwave for about 30 seconds). Not really the question though.
I'm not sure if boiling eggs in the shell is a good idea in the microwave, even if you pierce the shells you will probably end up with small explosions (I've had yolks explode before in the micro). Plus if you are making more than one (which is sounds like from the question) it will probably end up being easier on the stove top.
Unless you don't have access to a stove. You might try using an electric kettle with the automatic switch jammed in the on position, stirring frequently to keep the eggs from having too much contact with the heating element. or a rice cooker (actually, that's probably not a bad idea).

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added over 5 years ago

Jasper White has a method of making poached eggs in the microwave. My adaptation is to place a silicone egg cup into a Pyrex measuring cup, pour in about 2 cups cold water - enough to more than cover or, break in an egg - no shell-shocked being careful not to break the yolk. Cover with a folded paper towel & a small plastic cutting board & microwave for approx 1 MIN +54-58 seconds. The timing will depend on the strength of your microwave & the size of the egg (I use xl). You might get something between a poached & hard boiled egg. It's not a perfect method but fast & convenient. I'm not sure how Jasper White gets consistent results. I haven't tried weighing the eggs but it might be a good idea...

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added over 5 years ago

Sorry about odd typos above. LOL, my phone changed words on me!

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added over 5 years ago

The Japanese have a dish called "Hot Spring Egg". Like the name would imply, it began by taking eggs and allowing them to cool slowly in a hot spring, rendering the whites cooked solid and the yolk just coagulated enough to run softly. Here is my idea: like others have suggested do not microwave the egg directly, this will only lead to disaster and waste. Others have not mentioned, but in my experience it is best to allow the eggs to rest outside the refrigerator for at least ten to fifteen minutes before cooking, this takes off the chill and lowers the chance of the egg exploded when introduced to a hot environment. Bring water to boil in the microwave, then place egg in the mug. If possible, cover the mug with a plate or book or whatever to try and keep the cooking vessel thermally stable. Allow to sit for 15-20 minutes. You may want to do this over the sink so that you can add more hot with experimentation. The yolk may not harden completely but with a little trial and error, I can guarantee this method will work.

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