Fancy a boiled egg but don't have access to a stove? Do not freak out! If you have a microwave and a bowl, this delicious delicacy will be at your fingertips in just a few minutes! Always crack the egg and pop the yolk before heating it in the microwave to avoid an explosion, and never heat an egg that has already been cooked. Read on for more details.
Part 1 of 2: Breaking and covering the egg
Step 1. Butter a bowl
Cover the inside of a small microwave-safe bowl using a buttered paper towel. A ramekin works well for cooking just one egg, but you can use a container whichever size you prefer.
It's okay to replace the butter with olive oil if you prefer
Step 2. Put half a spoon of salt in the bowl
You don't have to measure everything exactly, but try to cover the surface of the bowl with salt as it helps with cooking and gives the egg flavor.
You can also add more salt after cooking the egg
Step 3. Break the egg into the bowl
Tap the shell against the edge of the empty shell and open it, letting the egg fall into the container. Be careful not to drop any pieces of bark into the liquid.
You can cook more than one egg at a time, but be aware that cooking will not be smooth
Step 4. Pierce the yolk with a fork or knife
The thin membrane of the yolk is enough to create pressure with microwave heating, which in turn causes an explosion. To avoid accidents, pierce the yolk with the tip of a fork or knife at least four times.
It is important to pierce the yolk before placing the egg in the microwave, or its contents could explode and cause serious injury.
Step 5. Cover the bowl with wrapping paper
Tear off a piece of plastic and cover the bowl, securing the sides tightly so the heat is trapped in the bowl. Thus, the egg will heat up to the cooking point in a few seconds.
Never use aluminum foil in the microwave as this could end up causing a fire
Part 2 of 2: Cooking the Egg
Step 1. Heat the egg in the microwave for 30 seconds on medium power
If your device has a power setting, set it to medium or low power. The egg probably needs more than 30 seconds to cook, but it's better to use less time and power to avoid accidents.
If the device has no power setting, assume it is at full power and turn it on for 20 seconds instead of 30 seconds. It's better to cook too little than too much
Step 2. If the egg is not cooked, microwave it again for another 10 seconds
Check the egg yolk: if it's too soft, microwave it on medium or low power for 10 seconds. Don't cook more than that, or it can get too hot.
You'll know the egg is cooked when the whites are white and the yolk orange and firm
Step 3. Wait 30 seconds before removing the plastic from the egg
The cooking process continues even after heating the microwave, so wait for the white to set before eating the egg.
Be careful when spearing the egg with your fork as it will be extremely hot.
Heat the egg in small intervals of time so as not to overcook it
- Never place an unopened egg in the microwave as it may explode.
- Do not microwave an egg that has already been cooked, as it may explode.