While microwaving your eggs will cook them within a few minutes, you'll have to do so out of the shell. The good thing about microwaved hard-boiled eggs is that you won't have to peel or possibly even boil them, but they won't look the way a normal hard boiled egg would. If their appearance doesn't bother you, use this cooking method to prepare some hard-boiled eggs for various salads.
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Avoiding an Egg-Splosion
The main danger of cooking hard-boiled eggs in the microwave is the likelihood that they will explode either in the oven or when you attempt to eat them. This is due to the way that a microwave works, by heating the liquids directly inside the egg to very high temperatures. When the eggs cook this way, steam builds up within the egg and has no place to escape to. Thus, the steam will finally burst through the shell, shattering it and leading to a mess in your microwave. Even worse, if the egg explodes after you remove it from the microwave, it could seriously injure you, reports the New Scientist website.
Naked Hard-Boiled Eggs
To avoid turning your egg into a ticking time bomb, you'll need to cook it out of its shell. Crack an egg into a small, covered microwave-safe dish coated with nonstick cooking spray and puncture the yolk once or twice with a toothpick. Cook the egg for 45 seconds at 50 percent power, recommends the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture. After 45 seconds, check the egg and continue to cook it for intervals of around 15 seconds, also at 50 percent power, until the egg is as solid as you'd like, usually for around an additional 1 or 2 minutes. This prevents the egg from heating up too quickly. Allow the egg to sit for 1 or 2 minutes after cooking.
Microwave Egg Cookers
There are a bevy of special cookers on the market for use in the microwave which claim to cook your eggs without them exploding. Many of these are just containers into which you crack the egg and they have covers to prevent the egg from splattering in your microwave during the cooking process. For even cooking, you may have to flip the eggs over in the cooking apparatus midway through the cooking process. Be wary of any cookers that claim you can leave the eggs in their shells during the cooking process, even if the shells are pierced, because they may still explode.
This Egg Looks Weird
Cooking your hard-boiled eggs in the microwave may save you time, but your eggs will have to cook outside of their shells for safety, so they won't look like traditional hard-boiled eggs but will taste like them. This method works best if you plan on chopping up your eggs for an egg salad. You can also make your egg using a modified poaching technique to boil it, recommends "Gluten-Free In Five Minutes." Crack your egg into a microwave safe dish containing boiling water and cook it on high for around a minute. Check on the egg and cook it for an additional 15 to 20 seconds before removing it with a slotted spoon.
REFERENCES & RESOURCES
- American Egg Board: Basic Hard-Boiled Eggs
- University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture: Microwave Hard Boiled Eggs
- New Scientist: Microwave Ovens Should Warn of Exploding Eggs
- ABC15.com: Cook Hard-Boiled Eggs Without the Shells
- Egg Farmers of Canada: Microwave Egg Cookers: Basic Recipes
- LiveScience: Eggs Don't Deserve Their Bad Reputation, Studies Show (Op-Ed)
- Gluten-Free In Five Minutes: 100 Rapid Recipes for Breads, Rolls, Cakes, Muffins, and More; Roben Ryberg
- Health Physics Society: Microwave Ovens