Whether you’re short on time, lacking in clean and available utensils, or simply looking for a quick and easy lunch fix, microwaving eggs is not only simple but delivers great results – provided you know what you’re doing.
In this blog we will be sharing some of our top tips on getting the perfect microwaved eggs – every way.
“How do you like your eggs in the morning…?”
First and foremost, you need to make sure that you are always microwaving your eggs in a microwave-safe bowl or dish. Ceramic and glass are your best choices, with only some plastics suitable for microwave use.
Once you have the right tools and implements, it’s time to choose your style of eggs. It is not only possible but super easy to achieve the perfect poached, boiled, scrambled, or fried egg in the microwave, so whatever your preference, keep reading for a breakdown guide on cooking yourself the perfect eggs in the microwave.
How to poach an egg in the microwave
The perfect poached McQueen’s Dairies egg is one which is cooked completely on the outside but when you cut it open you get that oozing, creamy yolk explode from the centre. When it comes to poaching an egg in the microwave, you will need a small dish or a mug – ideally circular with a flat bottom to achieve that perfect shape to sit atop a piece of toast.
Before breaking the egg into your bowl or mug, it’s important to grease the inside of the bowl with a cooking spray, oil, or melted butter. This will stop the egg from sticking and gives you the perfect presentation you want from your poached egg. Break the egg into the bowl and then add 1/3 of a cup of water directly on top of the egg. This is a stage that people often miss but it is crucial to giving your egg some kind of liquid to cook in and to prevent it from exploding in the microwave.
Cover the bowl with a piece of kitchen roll, then pop it in the microwave for approximately 35 seconds. The exact time will depend on your microwave and your preferred consistency – if the white is still a bit runny then pop it back in for 5 second intervals until you are happy.
TOP TIP: For a runny yolk but hard white, select a medium microwave setting which uses a lower heat but put it in for longer – up to 60 seconds. For a hard boiled finish, use the highest microwave setting available.
How to cook boiled eggs in the microwave
Hard boiled McQueens Dairies eggs are not only a great snack, but they are also mess-free and delicious – especially when they’re cooking and finished in the microwave.
Add two cups of water and a pinch of salt to a microwave safe bowl, and heat in the microwave for 2 minutes until the water is boiling. Poke the bottom of your egg with a safety pin and then place it in the hot water, with a microwave safe plate on top of the bowl. The safety pin hole stop the egg from exploding and the plate keeps all that boiled water in the bowl.
Place the bowl with the egg and plate in the microwave and heat for 2 minutes. Then let the egg rest in the hot water outside the microwave for a further 4 minutes to finish cooking. Transfer your egg to a bowl of cold water and then either place your eggs in the fridge to enjoy later or peel them and serve straight away.
How to cook scrambled eggs in the microwave
Pick your microwave safe bowl or shallow dish, and line the inside with melted butter or oil. Break your McQueens Dairies eggs into the bowl and add a teaspoon of milk (or cream if you want to create a super creamy and rich consistency in your eggs).
Whip the mixture up with a fork until it’s all combined, and then place a piece of kitchen roll over the top to protect the inside of your microwave.
Microwave the eggs for about 45 seconds and then remove and give it a mix with your fork. This is where it’s best to add in any toppings, herbs, seasoning, or extra elements like cheese or bacon. Then place back in the microwave for a further 30 seconds.
From here, it’s all about preference and how you like your eggs – for a firmer finish, keep cooking in short bursts until you are happy with the consistency.
How to Fry an Egg in the microwave
A great fried egg is all about protecting that yolk and making sure you don’t break it as you crack it into the bowl. By avoiding a stove top and frying your egg in the microwave, you can achieve a healthier finish with less fat and oil – and tons of time to eat slowly and savour your meal.
Break your McQueens Dairies egg carefully into your microwave safe bowl and add a hint of salt for flavour.
Add a piece of kitchen roll to protect the inside of your microwave, then place in the microwave and cook for 40 seconds. Check the egg and if it’s not quite done put it back in for short 5 second bursts until you are happy with the cook of the white.
Pop a spoon under the egg to push it out of the bowl when you are ready to serve All that’s left is to spread your toast with your ideal topping, layer on your eggs, and enjoy!
There are many different ways to cook your McQueens Dairies free range eggs. Whether you like them fried, scrambled, boiled or poached, eggs are a great source of protein and a great breakfast choice. Free range eggs are some of the best eggs out there for microwaving. Not only are the hens kept in a better environment, but they work well when microwaving them. You can add a little vinegar into your eggs before microwaving to help keep them from splitting.
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