How To Boil Eggs In The Microwave

Learn how to produce runny yolk poached eggs in the microwave in under a minute!

Because every microwave is different, this solution may not work for you. If you have an air fryer, I’ve found that air fryer cooked eggs perform wonderfully every time I’ve tested them in various air fryers.

You can cook soft or hard boiled eggs in the microwave in a matter of minutes. If you just have a little amount of room, such as a microwave, you may buy a 6 pack of eggs and boil two at a time.

Personally, I prefer my eggs cut open, medium cooked, and sprinkled with salt. My college-aged daughter, on the other hand, like tuna and egg salad sandwiches. Both are simple to make in your kitchen with pre-boiled eggs.

Can you Boil Eggs in the Microwave?

I’ve read everything from avoiding cooking eggs in the microwave to piercing a hole in the bottom of each egg with a thumbtack before boiling to prevent eggs from bursting. I’ve never pierced the eggs’ bottoms, but I do add salt in the water. I have yet to experience an egg explosion.

It is critical that you either apply the salt or poke holes. Otherwise, there’s a good risk your eggs may explode. Cleaning up wet egg and shell spatter all over the microwave does not seem appealing.

I love eating medium-cooked eggs.

I prefer medium-boiled eggs with a yolk that is not totally solid but also not runny. They’re ideal for breakfast. It’s almost like eating fried eggs. I like to slice them up and serve them on top of a couple slices of sourdough bread.

If you want to create tuna salad, egg salad, or just cut a boiled egg in a typical green salad, I recommend cooking your eggs until they are hard boiled with firm yolks.

How to Boil Eggs in the Microwave

Instructions to make boiled eggs in a Microwave

You should use a microwave-safe bowl and put the eggs in the bottom. Then, pour about 1/2 inch of hot water (if you can get hot water) over the eggs.

Then, for each egg, add 1/2 teaspoon of salt. DO NOT MISS THIS STEP! This helps to keep egg explosions at bay.

How do you want your eggs?

Remove soft cooked eggs with runny yolks from boiling water as soon as they come out of the microwave and plunge into icy water.

Remove soft cooked eggs with runny yolks from boiling water as soon as they come out of the microwave and plunge into icy water.

When I make my favorite medium cooked eggs in the microwave, I let them rest in the water for 5 minutes after they are done. I quickly placed them in a basin of icy water.

Allow the eggs to lie in boiling water for 6-8 minutes if you want hard boiled eggs with firm yolks.

After boiling, return the eggs to the paper egg carton.

How do you store boiled eggs?

Are you going to eat the cooked eggs right away? After sitting in cold water for 2-3 minutes, peel them.

Keeping in the fridge for later use? Dry the eggs, leaving them unpeeled, and package them in a zipper baggie with a paper towel.

Do you still have the egg carton? Simply place them back in the carton and mark the carton with the words “boiled eggs” and the date.

Because microwaves differ, you may need to experiment to find the ideal time for your microwave. These timings were calculated using a 1500-watt microwave.

Pro Tip: Create boiled eggs ahead of time and store them in the fridge for a fast snack or to make tuna or egg salad.


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

Hard Boiled Eggs in Microwave Recipe

Hard Boiled Eggs in Microwave Recipe
  • In the bottom of a microwave-safe bowl, place 2 eggs.
  • Water should be at least 1/2 inch above the eggs.
  • For each egg, add 1/2 teaspoon of salt, or 1 teaspoon for 2 eggs and 2 teaspoons for 4 eggs.
  • 4 minutes in the microwave Then set aside for one minute.
  • Microwave for another 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Fill a second dish halfway with ice and water or cold water.
  • Allow the eggs to stay in the water for 2-3 minutes in the microwave if you want soft cooked eggs with runny egg yolks.
  • If you want medium-boiled eggs, leave them in the microwave for an extra 6-7 minutes in boiling water.
  • Allow the eggs to stay in the heated water in the microwave for another 8-10 minutes if you want hard cooked eggs.
Place the egg in ice water to stop cooking
  • When the timer goes off, put them in the icy water using a slotted spoon. Allow 1 minute in cold water for soft cooked potatoes. Allow them to rest in cold water for 2-3 minutes if they are medium cooked, and 5 minutes if they are hard boiled.

Cooking Time and Yield

  • Prep time: 1 Minute
  • Cook time: 8 Minutes
  • Additional time: 6 Minutes
  • Total time: 15 Minutes
  • Yeild: 2 Eggs (2 servings)


  • Boiling eggs should be stored in their shells, unpeeled.
  • HARD BOILED EGGS in the shell can be stored in a covered container with a paper towel for up to a week.
  • SOFT BOILED EGGS IN THE SHELL should be stored in a closed container for 1-2 days.

Nutritional info for 1 boiled egg

  • Calories: 78
  • Carbohydrates: 1 gram
  • Protein: 6 grams
  • Total Fat: 5 grams
  • Saturated fat: 2 grams
  • Sugar: 1 gram
  • Sodium: 62 mg
  • Cholesterol: 187 milligrams

How to make hard boiled eggs with microwave?

Making Hard Boiled Eggs in the microwave is easy if you know how! You should use a deep dish and fill it with enough water to completely immerse each egg. Heat the water to a very high temperature before adding the eggs.

Adding salt and a sprinkle of baking soda to the water is a must since it keeps the eggs from breaking and bursting! After adding both, carefully mix them before dropping each egg into the water.

Cook for 6 minutes on high, then rest the eggs in the bowl for another 3 minutes.

Fill a basin halfway with ice and water and place the eggs in it for a few minutes.

Pro Tips:

  • Do not leave out the salt. Adding salt prevents the eggs from bursting in the microwave.
  • Add 1/2 teaspoon salt to the bowl for each subsequent egg.
  • Make use of a microwave-safe, deep bowl. The deep bowl keeps water from splashing and bursting over.
  • Add enough water to immerse the eggs completely.
  • The dish will heat up. Use oven mitts with caution.
  • Cooking times may vary somewhat due to variances in microwaves. My microwave has a power output of 1100 watts.

How to half boil an egg in a microwave?

Half boiled egg with soft yolk

Follow these steps to half boil an egg in a microwave.

  • Put cold eggs in a bowl of warm water to prevent them from shattering when cooked.
  • Add salt to the water. Set the microwave to medium-high heat and boil for  1 to 1 1/2 minutes.
  • Afterwards, place the warm eggs in hot water and cover them with foil.
  • Then place the egg bowl again for 1 1/2 minutes at 60% power.
  • Transfer eggs to ice water to stop cooking. This way, you will get a perfectly half-boiled egg with runny yolk every time.


how to boil eggs in microwave without exploding

How to boil eggs in microwave without exploding?

Microwave a dish of water (deep enough to immerse the egg) in the microwave for 3 minutes. Don’t forget lightly pierce the bottom with a safety pin or thumbtack to keep the egg from bursting.

Cover the egg with a plate and place it in the basin of boiling water. This method requires caution. When cooking the egg, drop the microwave power to 50%.

Fill the container with a few grains of salt (salt attracts microwave energy and helps to cook the egg evenly). Transfer the egg to an ice bath to halt the frying and chill it sufficiently to handle before peeling.

How long does it take to cook eggs in a 700-watt microwave?

About 60-90 seconds. If you cook on 600-700 watts microwave, the eggs will puff up and cook in a ring with a slightly soft centre within 1 or 1 and a half minutes.

Why do you need to add salt when boiling an egg in a microwave?

In hot, salty water, egg white solidifies faster than in fresh water. So a little salt in your water might lessen the mess if your egg leaks while cooking. When the egg white meets the salt water, it hardens, closing the breach and preventing the egg from spewing a streamer of white.

Why do you need to prick a small hole in the egg before putting it in the microwave?

Before putting an egg in water, some individuals create a tiny hole in the shell at the big end. At the big end of each egg is a little air gap.

When you hard cook an egg, the air warms, expands, and escapes via shell pores—but not before the egg white sets. This flattens the egg. Pricking the egg allows air to escape quickly, creating a rounder egg. During cooking, a pricked egg will emit a jet of air.

Scientists differ on the other possible advantages of pricking an egg. Some argue that piercing the eggshell with a pin allows water to seep between the shell and the egg’s interior membrane, resulting in an egg that’s simpler to peel.

Providing a speedy path for increasing gases may make older eggs with bigger air sacs less likely to shatter when cooking. Others claim a hole in the shell makes fractures more likely.

I am Chef Harunur Rashid Azim. I inherited my family's love of cooking at a young age. I graduated from the Institute of Culinary Education in London, UK, with determination and passion to become a chef. Follow me on Twitter: @RashidIsChef, FB: Azim

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