You are going to love making hard boiled eggs in microwave! It's so easy and simple and only takes 10 minutes. All you need are eggs, water, a bowl, and salt. No pots, no pans, no boiling water and no mess!
Benefits of using a microwave:
Cooking hard boiled eggs in a microwave has a number of benefits over cooking them on the stovetop. It takes less time as you don’t have to wait for the water to boil. It only takes 10 minutes to cook hard boiled eggs in the microwave! You also don’t have to worry about the shell cracking when you put the egg in the boiling water (which can happen when you use the stove). Additionally, you don’t have to worry about cleaning any pots or pans!
Plus, microwave hard boiled eggs are great for those without access to a stovetop. This is especially convenient for college students in dorms, those who are traveling in an RV, and people staying in hotels with microwaves but no stoves.
Why you will love this recipe:
- It’s so quick and easy!
- It only takes 10 minutes to cook the perfect hard boiled eggs in a microwave.
- Move over as seen on tv! This is the best egg hack ever - all you need are 3 simple ingredients: water, eggs and salt.
- Hard boiled eggs are a healthy breakfast, brunch or snack option.
- There is no waiting for water to boil like there is when you make eggs on the stovetop.
- The clean up is so simple since you aren’t using any pots or pans.
- Eggs are Whole30 compliant, paleo, keto, low carb, high in protein, low sugar, nut free, oil free, gluten free and dairy free.
- Do you prefer soft boiled eggs to hard boiled eggs? If so, make these microwave soft boiled eggs instead!
If you love eggs with fully cooked yolks you will also love making over hard eggs.
Ingredients and substitutions:
- Eggs – eggs are full of protein as well as vitamins and minerals. Eggs make a great simple, satisfying meal or snack. I use large size eggs that are pasture raised. Use room temperature eggs for best results.
- Salt – this is used to help prevent the eggs from exploding in the microwave so please don’t leave it out!
- Water – you need the water to cover the eggs when they cook in the microwave. The amount of water will depend on how many eggs you use, and the size of the bowl you use to cook the eggs in.
Health benefits of eggs:
Eggs have so many nutritional benefits. They are high in protein, are sugar free, and are low in carbs. Each large egg contains approximately 72 calories, 6.3 grams of protein, 4.8 grams of fat and less than 1 gram of carbohydrates. Because eggs are an animal protein they contain all the essential amino acids.
Eggs are high in a number of vitamins including Vitamin D, choline and Vitamin B12. In fact, eggs are one of the best sources of choline - each large egg contains 147 mg of choline, which is 25% of your day’s choline requirement. Eggs are also a good source of calcium and are a complete protein.
Eggs contain several compounds which can help protect against chronic disease, including lutein, zeaxanthin, choline, vitamin D, selenium, and vitamin A. Egg proteins even have antimicrobial and immuno-protective properties. Studies have also shown that egg proteins can help protect against chronic disease.
How to make this recipe:
First, place the eggs in microwave safe bowl that is fairly deep and wide. Add the salt and enough water to cover the eggs.
Now place the bowl in the microwave and heat the eggs on high for 5 minutes. Then let it rest for 1 minute. Then heat the eggs on high for another 4 minutes.
Using oven mitts, remove the bowl from the microwave and immediately add ice to the bowl or run the eggs under cold water to prevent them from cooking further.
Then serve and enjoy!
- Don’t leave out the salt! This is used to prevent the eggs from exploding in the microwave. You need 1/2 teaspoon of salt for every egg you use, so if you decide to cook additional eggs, be sure to increase the salt.
- Use room temperature eggs for best results. If you use cold eggs you will need to add a bit more cooking time to the recipe and the eggs are more likely to explode.
- Be sure to use a bowl and not a glass. If you use a tall glass instead of a wide, deep bowl, the eggs will explode.
- Be careful when taking the bowl out of the microwave. It will be very hot so use hot pads or oven mitts.
- Use a microwave safe bowl that is fairly deep. This prevents any water from bubbling over in the microwave and helps prevent the eggs from exploding.
- I use large eggs for this recipe. If you use smaller or larger eggs you may need to adjust the cooking times.
- Due to differences in microwaves, cooking times may vary slightly (for example I have seen other recipes recommend less cooking time, but when I tried this in my microwave my eggs were still soft boiled rather than hard boiled).
Variations and add ins:
- Feel free to cook as many or as few eggs as you like – just be sure to adjust the amount of salt according to the number of eggs you are using – the proper ratio is 1/2 teaspoon of salt per egg - also be sure you use a big enough bowl if you decide to cook more eggs.
How to serve hard boiled eggs:
- You can simply eat them right out of the shell. Use a sharp knife to cut the egg in half and then scoop the egg out of the shell with a spoon. I add a little salt and pepper and they taste so good!
- Hard boiled eggs are delicious on toast. I simply top mine with a little salt and pepper.
- Serve them with crispy Instant Pot Bacon.
- Serve them with sausages cooked in the air fryer.
- Serve hard boiled eggs with hash browns!
How to store:
If you have any leftover cooked hard boiled eggs you can store them in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 5 days. They make the perfect grab and go breakfast or snack!
Frequently asked questions:
You cannot make hard boiled eggs in a microwave without water. The eggs will explode in the microwave if you try to cook them without water.
No. Boiling eggs in the microwave is such an easy and quick way to cook them.
There are a couple ways to ensure your eggs don't explode when you cook them in a microwave. First, you need to add salt to the water when you cook eggs in a microwave. The proper ratio is 1/2 teaspoon of salt per egg that you cook. You also need to cook the eggs in a large, deep bowl. Don’t try using a small bowl or a glass.
Yes! Eggs come from chickens, not cows, so they are dairy free.
Yes. Eggs are gluten free and safe to eat if you have celiac or are gluten intolerant.
Other easy recipes you will love:
- Microwave soft boiled eggs
- Over medium eggs
- Instant pot bacon
- Air fryer toast
- Air fryer hash browns
- Chicken omelette
- Oat milk smoothie
- Air fryer sausages
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Microwave Hard Boiled Eggs
- 4 eggs
- 2 teaspoon salt
- Add the eggs and salt to a bowl and add enough water to cover the eggs.
- Place the bowl in the microwave and heat on high for 5 minutes. Let the bowl sit for one minute. Then microwave on high for another 4 minutes.
- Immediately add ice to the bowl or run the eggs under cold water to prevent them from cooking more.
- Peel the shell off the eggs and enjoy!
- Note that the nutritional calculator includes the salt in the calculation. Since you aren't eating the salt the sodium content isn't an accurate number.
- Use room temperature eggs for best results. If you use cold eggs you will need to add more cooking time and the eggs will be more likely to explode.
- Do not leave out the salt when you cook eggs in the microwave. If you do the eggs will explode.
- You can easily double or triple this recipe if you are serving a crowd or want leftover cooked eggs.
- Be sure to use a deep bowl, not a shallow bowl to cook these eggs. If you use a shallow bowl they might explode.