If you're craving a hard boiled egg but you don't have access to a stovetop, you might think you're out of luck. However, if you have a microwave and a bowl, you can make a few quick and easy hard boiled eggs in just a couple of minutes. Always crack the eggs and pop the yolk before you microwave them to prevent an explosion, and never microwave an egg that’s already been hard boiled.[1]


Part 1 of 2:
Cracking and Covering the Egg

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    Grease a microwave-safe bowl with butter. Rub the inside of a small, microwave-safe bowl with butter using a paper towel. Custard ramekins work well if you are only cooking 1 egg, but you can use any size container.[2]
    • You can also use olive oil spray instead of butter.
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    Sprinkle 1/2 tsp (2.5 g) of salt into the bowl. You don’t have to be super accurate with your measurements of salt, but try to use enough to cover the bottom surface of your container. Salt will help the egg cook evenly, and may give it some more flavor.[3]
    • You can put more salt on the egg after it’s cooked if you’d like to.
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    Crack the egg into the bowl. Tap the side of the egg onto the side of the bowl, then pull open the shell. Let the egg white and the yolk fall into the bowl, being careful not to include any of the shell.[4]
    • You can cook more than 1 egg at a time, but it may not cook as evenly.
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    Pierce the egg yolks with a knife or a fork. Even the thin membrane holding the yolk together will build up pressure as the moisture inside heats up, which can lead to an exploding egg. Prevent this by piercing each yolk with the tip of a knife, skewer, or fork 3 to 4 times each.[5]

    Warning: It is super important that you pierce the yolk before you put the eggs in the microwave. If you don’t, the hot eggs could explode on you and cause serious injury.

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    Cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Rip off a piece of plastic wrap that’s slightly larger than your bowl, then stick it down to the edges so that no heat can escape. This will help trap in the steam that the egg makes when it’s hot so that it cooks faster.[6]
    • Never use aluminum foil in the microwave, or you could start a fire.
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Part 2 of 2:
Cooking the Egg

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    Microwave the egg for 30 seconds at 400 watts. If you can adjust the power setting on your microwave, turn it to medium or low. Your egg may need more time in the microwave, but it’s better to start low and slow to avoid any explosions.[7]
    • If you can’t adjust the settings on your microwave, just assume it’s on high and microwave your egg for 20 seconds instead of 30. It’s better to undercook your egg at first so you can fix it later.
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    Put the egg back in for 10 seconds if it’s undercooked. Check the yolk on your egg to see if it’s hard. If it’s still too soft, put it back in the microwave on low or medium power for about 10 seconds. Try not to cook it for much longer than that, or it could get too hot.[8]
    • A cooked egg will have white, not clear, egg whites and a firm orange yolk.
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    Wait 30 seconds before unwrapping your egg. The egg will still cook inside the bowl after you take it out of the microwave. Make sure the egg whites are set and the yolk is hard before you start eating your egg.[9]

    Warning: Use caution when you dig into your egg, because it will probably be super hot.

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    Can I put the egg in the microwave without the plastic wrap?
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    The plastic wrap helps to trap the steam in which will cook the egg faster and more evenly. If you don't use it, your egg probably won't get cooked all the way through.
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    Why did they burst in the bowl?
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    It was due to internal pressure from the liquid inside being steamed. Microwave them at 50% power and poke a tiny hole in the bottom of the shell.
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    Why did the egg yolks turn brown and eggs smell funny when I boiled them in the microwave 5 minutes at level 5 temperature?
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    They shouldn't turn out like that. You either have a more powerful microwave than most people and your eggs were overcooked or you were using expired eggs.
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    Can I boil the eggs in the microwave without taking the eggshells off?
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    Yes, but you need to add at least a tablespoon of salt to help prevent the egg from exploding. I recommend getting the water to a boil in the microwave first, then adding the eggs to the boiling water, heating at 50% power for 2 minutes, then letting the eggs sit in the hot water inside the microwave for an additional 6 minutes to ensure they are cooked through.
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    What do I do if my eggs float a little above the water line?
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    Eggs shouldn't float, if they do that means they are bordering on going off, and it's time to get new eggs.
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    How do I poke a hole in the egg?
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    You can easily poke a hole with a pin or needle. Just be careful not to use too much force, or it will crack.
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    How much water do I need for each hard boiled egg?
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    Make sure the eggs are completely covered with water, with a little extra water above that.
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    How do I keep them from exploding? I followed all the steps.
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    They shouldn't have exploded if you followed the steps, be sure to double check. You can also poke a tiny hole in the bottom of the egg, just to be extra safe.
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      • Never microwave an egg without cracking it open first. This could cause it to explode.[10]
      • Never put an egg that’s already been hard boiled in the microwave. This could cause the egg to explode.[11]
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      To hard boil eggs in the microwave, start by putting them in a bowl and then filling the bowl with water so the eggs are completely covered. Then, add 1 tablespoon of salt to the bowl to prevent the eggs from exploding in the microwave. Microwave the eggs on medium for 6-12 minutes, depending on how cooked you want them. Once the eggs are done microwaving, let them cool completely before serving. For tips on how to hardball eggs in the microwave without the shell, read on!

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