A microwave oven is a useful tool for quickly warming up leftovers, heating water for tea, and defrosting frozen items. It is a staple when it comes time to zap a frozen dinner or pop a batch of popcorn. A microwave is also a handy appliance for cooking up eggs for a hot, delicious, protein-packed breakfast in minutes. Check out these 10 easy ways to jump-start your day with a hot meal that carries you through to lunch.
10. Scrambled Eggs
Whipping up a batch of fluffy scrambled eggs is as easy as cracking two eggs into a microwave-safe bowl coated with cooking spray. Beat the eggs with a few drops of milk and microwave on high. Set the timer for 2 minutes, but stop and stir your eggs every 30 seconds or so to keep them fluffy. For even heartier egg scrambles, mix in cheese, veggies, or bacon. If you are watching your cholesterol levels, ditch the yolks and nuke the egg whites with a little spinach and herbs for a heart-friendly breakfast.
9. Poached Eggs
A perfect poached egg consists of a gooey, golden yellow yolk shrouded in a firm little egg white package. A microwave poached egg may not result in a yolk beautifully wrapped in egg white. However, it does create a delicious poached egg with an amazing texture. To make a poached egg in the microwave, fill a bowl with water and then slide an egg right into the water. Prick the egg yolk lightly with a fork or knife. Seal the bowl with plastic wrap and cook on high for 1 minute.
8. Sunny-Side Up Eggs
Eggs can be prepared sunny-side-up in your microwave in just seconds. To enjoy a hot breakfast in record time, first spray a microwave-safe plate with cooking spray. Next, crack an egg onto the plate. Then, lightly prick the egg yolk with a fork or the tip of a knife. Pop it into the microwave and microwave on high for 45 seconds. If you worry your egg yolk appears too runny, cut into it with a fork and you just might discover that it is perfectly done.
7. Soft Cooked Eggs
The Egg Farmers of Alberta website shares a recipe for making soft cooked eggs in the microwave in under one minute. To follow their recommendations, first spray a small mug with cooking spray and sprinkle with salt. Crack an egg into the mug and pierce both the egg and the white several times to prevent an egg explosion during the cooking process. Cover the mug with plastic wrap, pulling back a small section to allow steam to vent. Place the mug in your microwave and cook on high for 30 seconds. Allow the cooked egg to stand for an additional 30 seconds before removing the plastic wrap. If your egg requires more cooking time, flip it over, cover and microwave for an additional 10 seconds as needed.
6. Hard Cooked Eggs
If you prefer hard cooked eggs, the Egg Farmers of Alberta have you covered. Follow the same directions for soft cooked eggs by cracking an egg into a mug or ramekin you have coated with cooking spray and sprinkled with salt. Pierce the egg and yolk several times and cover with a sheet of plastic wrap with a section pulled back for venting. For hard cooked eggs, you will want to microwave on high for 40 seconds. Wait an additional 30 seconds before pulling back the plastic wrap to test for doneness. If your egg requires extra cooking time, flip it over in the mug and microwave for an additional 10 seconds.
5. Boiled Eggs
Leaving an egg in the shell before boiling in the microwave carries a risk of exploding the egg all over your appliance during cooking. However, if you’re willing to experiment, you can boil eggs right in their shell. To do so, first, choose a bowl deep enough to keep the egg submerged when the bowl is filled with water. Add water and microwave on high for about 3 minutes. Next, prick the bottom of the shell of a whole egg to prevent an egg explosion. Set the egg into the bowl of heated water, cover with plastic wrap, and microwave at the 50% temperature setting for 4 minutes. For a hard-boiled egg, allow the egg to remain in the hot water for an additional 2 minutes before peeling and enjoying.
4. Egg Sandwiches
Now that you know the basics for cooking eggs in the microwave, you can branch out into fancier breakfast choices. Epicurious shares a recipe for a Microwave Egg Sandwich with Cheddar and Avocado that can be prepared in just 5 minutes. This recipe utilizes two eggs cooked up in minutes in the microwave. The eggs are then sandwiched between two slices of toast, an English muffin, biscuit or roll. Additional ingredients needed include salt, pepper, cheddar cheese, avocado, and a dash of hot sauce.Related: 13 Amazing Possible Health Benefits of Eating Eggs
3. Coffee Mug Quiche
Elizabeth from Bowl of Delicious has a great recipe for 5 Minute Spinach and Cheddar Microwave Quiche in a Mug. This recipe calls for ½ cup of fresh spinach, 1 egg, 1/3 cup of milk, 1/3 cup of shredded cheddar cheese, 1 optional slice of cooked bacon, salt, and pepper. The spinach is first steamed in the microwave and then combined with the other ingredients and cooked up into a delicious quiche in less than 5 minutes.
2. Cheesy Omelets
If an omelet tickles your fancy, you may enjoy this recipe for an Omelet in a Cup by Land O Lakes. This tasty recipe is made with 1 teaspoon of butter, 2 eggs, and shredded cheese. Omelet toppings can include chopped onion, chopped bell pepper, chopped ham, chopped cooked bacon, cooked sausage crumbles, salt, and pepper. Of course, you can always use your imagination and add any veggies you like or happen to have on hand.
1. Breakfast Burritos
The Incredible Egg has a recipe for a Cereal Bowl Egg & Cheese Breakfast Burrito that takes only 3 minutes to prepare. Ingredients for this recipe include 1 flour tortilla, 1 egg, 1 tablespoon of shredded Mexican cheese blend, and 1 tablespoon of salsa. This is another recipe that has endless options limited only by your creativity. Add cooked sausage, bacon, black olives, peppers, black beans, or whatever tempts your taste buds.Related: Why You Should Never Store Eggs in This Part of The Fridge