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Is it possible to boil an egg in the microwave?

Ideally without having to pierce the shell first

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Put a microwave safe bowl in the microwave with just enough water to cover the eggs, but don't put the eggs in yet! High setting for 1.5 minutes till it boils, Add about a tablespoon of vinegar and a tablespoon of salt. This will keep the eggs from cracking and will make them easier to peel. Add the eggs and cover with a dish, but leave a slight gap for steam to escape. Medium setting for 8 minutes (check after 5 minutes to see if there is still enough water covering the eggs, some microwaves are more powerful than others. Take out the bowl and let it sit for another 5 minutes or so and you should be ready to peel and eat...

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This is obviously for hard boiled. –  Chris Cudmore Aug 16 '10 at 13:34
It sounds like this is ummmm potentially deadly… –  intuited Mar 1 '13 at 18:47

It's possible to blow open the door of your microwave if you try it on high for too long. For best results, watch it from about a foot away.

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I did this by accident. Two eggs in a glass and some water for 5 mins. What a mess! –  Curry Aug 16 '10 at 0:12
+1 proceed with caution :D –  naugtur Aug 16 '10 at 9:33

I decided to post this as an answer instead of a reply to @AttilaNYC . I think you're better off just boiling it. I'm a big of fan of doing and cooking stuff fast; however, eggs are too perfect and to lean to do that. Boil the damn water, dump your egg in it until it's done. I don't love, but I like this site.

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Be careful putting whole eggs in the microwave. A relative of mine was burned on her face (fortunately not severely). After removing the egg from the microwave it exploded.

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I have heard that you can wrap each egg in a piece of alum. foil, being sure all shell is covered. Put in a micro safe dish with water to cover fully or preheat a sufficient qty of water then add eggs. The foil prevents the microwaves from penetrating the shell and causing exploding eggs. The water is supposed to prevent arcing.

Timing would depend on amt of eggs and water, and whether you preheated.

*WARNING* I HAVE NOT tried this myself, but it sounds reasonable

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So... you are using the microwave to cook the water and the egg gets boiled by the conventional heat transfer from water to egg, with not-perfectly-clinging alu foil in the way and the risk of arching if the egg floats above the water? I suppose it can be done... but why?! –  rumtscho Feb 17 '14 at 20:46
If, for example, you had only a microwave available for cooking, as I did for a while (most other cooking equip. prohibited especially hotplates) –  Carl D Feb 18 '14 at 16:51
I have now tried this method with excellent results: –  Carl D Feb 21 '14 at 23:19

I've been using the Nordic Ware Microwave Egg Boiler for a few years. Depending on the size of the eggs, you'll need between 6.5 and 8 minutes at 1100 watts. Once you've settled on a brand and size of eggs, you can get them perfect every time - hard boiled, soft yolk etc. by tweaking the cooking time between those two values.

Fantastic gadget, 4.5+ stars on Amazon with over 1200 reviews.

Nordic Ware Microwave Egg Boiler

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