Microwaves are great for reheating our food and cooking things quickly, and eggs are a great breakfast alternative when you're trying to watch your carbohydrates. Have you ever thought to microwave eggs? That's right, you can safely microwave your eggs. If you've never thought about it, there are a very beneficial reasons to try it out. First off, the reduction in cook time. A cooked egg on the stovetop takes about 10-15 minutes. The cooking time is drastically reduced for microwaved eggs. Like most microwave cooking, cleanup is also much easier.
No matter the type of egg you are cooking, there are a few guidelines to adhere to. First, only use microwave safe containers, like a microwave-safe plate. Never cook eggs in an un-pierced shell and do not superheat. This means heating beyond the boiling point. If you have a lower wattage microwave, you may need to cook longer than the recipe says. If a recipe calls for a large egg and you use a jumbo egg, you'll need to adjust cooking times. To prevent overcooking, start with the minimum times and add 10 second intervals until cooked.
Read on for our guide of easy recipes for microwaving your favorite eggs dishes.
How To Make Scrambled Eggs
It's very easy to microwave scrambled eggs for a quick breakfast. First, butter the inside of a microwave-safe bowl. For a healthier version, use cooking spray. Whisk together one egg, milk and seasonings. Cook on high power for 40 seconds, add shredded cheese, then cook for 10 seconds. If you want to get your veggies for the day, add in spinach, broccoli, or peppers.
Poached eggs are a wonderful breakfast recipe. The prep time for a microwaved egg is much faster. All you need to do is crack the egg into a bowl, add vinegar and water and cover with a plate. Cook for 50 seconds, then in 15 second increments until the yolk is set.
There are numerous egg recipes out there, but nothing quite as classic as an omelet. The night before, mix together your eggs, veggies, chopped ham and cheddar cheese. In the morning, dump the mixture into a mug and cover with a paper towel. Microwave eggs for two minutes and enjoy!
This may be the easiest way of cooking eggs. Spray a plate with non-stick spray, crack the egg, prick the yolk and microwave for 45 seconds. We suggest adding fresh herbs to brighten the dish.
Hard Boiled Eggs
If you're short on time, this is the fastest way to get hard boiled eggs. Add your eggs to a cup of hot water, then cover and microwave for four minutes. If you want a runny yolk, take out and peel the egg. If you like it firmer, let it sit in the cup water for 2 minutes.
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If you're watching your cholesterol, you can use egg whites in place of the entire egg. Egg whites are a great healthy choice since they contain no saturated fat and provide 54 milligrams of potassium. You'll need to find new recipes for microwave egg whites, since the cooking times may vary.
The next time you're short on time, microwave eggs are the simple solution!
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