Back to Basics: How to boil an egg in the microwave oven
|Recipe Supplied by: Microwave Technologies Association|
Serves: 1 People
First and foremost - safety first:
NEVER TRY TO COOK A WHOLE EGG IN IT'S SHELL IN THE MICROWAVE OVEN WITHOUT COVERING IT WITH BOILING WATER OR REMOVING IT FROM IT'S SHELL - IT WILL EXPLODE AND COULD CAUSE DAMAGE TO YOUR OVEN - NOT TO MENTION MAKE A TERRIBLE MESS THAT IS A NIGHTMARE TO CLEAN UP!
So to do it properly:
For each person wrap each egg in aluminium foil and set in a glass or microwave proof cooking container. Pour over enough boiling water to cover all the eggs. Carefully put bowl in the microwave oven, then cook on HIGH power for 3 - 6 minutes, according to how you like your eggs.
After 30 seconds cooking, the water will return to a gentle boil, and cook the eggs, as they do conventionally. 3 minutes will cook the eggs to soft boil stage and 5 - 6 minutes ( according to their size) will cook to a hard boil.
Remove dish from the oven, and quickly run cold water over the eggs, for 1 minute or so. This partially cools the eggs quickly and prevents a black layer from forming around the egg yolk if the eggs have been hard boiled.
Serve immediately with toast for a quick breakfast or lunch, or leave to cool and serve chopped and mixed with mayonnaise for a great sandwich filling.
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