How to Cook an Egg in the Microwave

No time for a hearty breakfast? Think again. We'll teach you how to cook an egg in the microwave (it's even faster than your stove top!), including how to poach eggs, how to scramble eggs, and how to make an omelet. These quick tricks for microwave eggs will be your busy morning savior!

Cooking eggs on busy mornings shouldn't be stressful. Instead of hauling out your frying pan and monitoring your eggs while they cook, just pop them in the microwave! You can make just about any kind of eggs you'd normally eat, including poached, scrambled, and omelets. While a poached or scrambled egg prepared in the microwave may have a slightly different texture than one cooked by the traditional stove-top method, the speed and simplicity of microwave cooking makes this a likable option—especially for kids in the kitchen, busy mornings, office lunches, or no-hassle dinners.

How to Poach an Egg in the Microwave

Sometimes there's just nothing better than a runny poached egg. But you don't have to wait for water to boil on your stove top to sink your fork into this breakfast classic—just make it in the microwave! Follow these directions for poaching an egg (or two) in your microwave:

  1. In a small microwave-safe dish, such as a custard cup, combine 1/3 cup water, 1/4 teaspoon vinegar, and a pinch of salt.
  2. Gently crack one large egg into the water mixture and cover the dish with plastic wrap, a lid, or a small plate.
  3. Place the covered dish in the microwave. Microwave it on 80 percent power 50 to 55 seconds or until the yolk looks round and set on the outside and the white is almost set yet still a little translucent. (As the egg cooks, you will see the white start to solidify and turn white over the round yolk.) Keep in mind that microwaves cook differently, so timings are approximate. Carefully remove the dish from the microwave.
  4. If desired, let the egg sit in the water 1 minute to let the white firm up a bit more. Uncover the dish. If the egg white still looks too translucent, you may want to cook the egg for an additional 30 seconds. Using a spoon, lift the egg from the cooking liquid, tipping the spoon just enough to drain excess liquid from the egg. If desired, season to taste with ground black pepper and additional salt.

Tip: You can microwave the egg on 100 percent power (high) instead of 80 percent power for 50 seconds. Because the egg yolk cooks faster than the white, it may be more solid before the white is cooked.

How to Scramble an Egg in the Microwave

We'll never say no to a plateful of fluffy scrambled eggs in the morning. But if you need to save time, skip the frying pan and just give your eggs a quick zap in the microwave. Just follow these directions:

  1. In a small microwave-safe dish, such as a ramekin or custard cup, whisk 1 large egg with a fork. Add 1 tablespoon milk or water and a pinch of salt. Whisk with the fork until thoroughly combined.
  2. Place the dish in your microwave. Microwave, uncovered, on 100 percent power (high) 30 seconds. With a fork, stir the egg.
  3. Microwave 10 seconds more and stir again. If desired, stir in a spoonful of shredded cheese or a sprinkling of chopped green onion, snipped fresh basil, chopped tomato, or chopped roasted red sweet pepper.
  4. Microwave 5 to 10 seconds more or until fluffy and still shiny with no loose liquid in the dish. If desired, season to taste with ground black pepper.

How to Make an Omelet in the Microwave

That's right, you can even make a morning omelet in your microwave (minus the complicated flipping). All you'll need is your favorite omelet ingredients and a Mason jar. You can even mix up your omelet the night before so it's ready to grab, microwave, and go on a busy morning. Just follow these instructions:

  1. Lightly coat a pint jar with nonstick cooking spray. Add two eggs and your desired mix-ins to the jar (we suggest trying shredded cheese, chopped veggies, chopped ham, or shredded chicken). Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  2. Cover with a lid and chill overnight. 
  3. When ready to eat, shake jar contents until thoroughly mixed. Remove lid and cover with a paper towel.
  4. Microwave on high about 2 minutes, or until the eggs are fully cooked. Serve immediately.

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