Should You Make a Hard Boiled Egg in the Microwave?

You might wonder if you can make a hard boiled an egg in the microwave. Perhaps you have heard of eggs exploding in the microwave and are a bit afraid to try it. I had my reservations. No idiot. In fact, I had never considered microwaving an egg to make it hard boiled because that’s what my stove is for, right? I might not cook anything else on my stove, but boiling a pan of water with eggs and letting them sit for 10 minutes is my most common cooking technique.

Everything else, pretty much, except a Thanksgiving turkey, I make on the grill or in the microwave. This only happens when I’m cooking for myself. Of course, my husband uses the stove for all sorts of things. But for me, boiling eggs is pretty much it.

Which would be OK except I do not have a stove at the moment. Lowes is still remodeling my kitchen, and the counter guys are holding up everything. Over the past 2 days they managed to cut and screw down 3 pieces of plywood. And that’s it.

So I googled how to make a hard boiled egg in the microwave. The first website that popped up was Good Housekeeping. I followed the directions. Boiled water in the microwave for 4 minutes, then added my egg (after poking it with a needle, which is really hard to prick). I boiled it another 2 minutes, let it sit a minute and it was raw.

This is a brand new fancy schmancy microwave, too. OK, I tried Wiki How and boiled my water for 4 minutes, added the egg, added a teaspoon of sale to prevent the egg from exploding and microwaved it for 6 minutes on 50% power. I let it sit in the water for 5 minutes. The egg was perfect! I was so surprised.

They said you can tell if it’s hardboiled by twirling it on a flat surface. If it spins easily, it is hard boiled. Today, I heated my water for 4 minutes, added 4 eggs, salt and on 50% power microwaved for 6 minutes. With the additional 3 eggs, it did not work. They were still runny. I took them out of the ice bath, put them back in the water and microwaved another 10 minutes. I threw them all out.

Gosh, I can’t wait until they finish the darn counter tops so I can have my stovetop back. Hey, it just dawned on me, I could use the side burner on my Weber grill and boil eggs outside. Ha! 

Elizabeth Weintraub

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