The Easy 40 Second Egg




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Time for another installment of "In the Kitchen With Hoopajoo"!

Your mother always said that breakfast was the most important meal of the day. However, with today's hectic lifestyles, people seldom take time for the morning meal anymore. This instructable will show you how to prepare a perfect egg in less than 1 minute total time. Your mother would be so proud. Remember, cooking times will vary with the power of your microwave. The times given are what works for me since the microwave I'm using is a fairly common one with an average power rating. Let us begin.

Step 1: What You Need...

You will need the following:

An egg
Some microwave-safe plastic wrap (I'm partial to the brand shown)
A microwave-safe cup
A saucer and fork for serving

Step 2: ...and How to Proceed

First, crack open the egg and empty into the cup. You may scramble it or season it now ,if you choose, but for the purpose of this instructable we'll leave it plain. Next, tightly wrap it in some plastic wrap. Be sure to make a good airtight seal.

Step 3: Now Your Cooking!

Place into the microwave and set the timer for 40 seconds. Keep an eye on it because the plastic wrap will begin to inflate (as pictured below) when it nears being ready. If the egg pops in the cup some, don't worry, it's perfectly safe and still edible with no change in taste (just wont look as pretty). If it still needs a little more cooking time (since microwaves vary in power and therefore so does cooking times), use the fork to lift the egg in the cup some before putting it back in the microwave. Additional microwaving should be done in 5 second intervals.

Step 4: Serve It Up!

Once cooked, the egg will slide out of the cup and onto your plate easily. Salt or season to taste, serve and enjoy!



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    86 Discussions


    1 year ago

    Another easy eggs-in-the-microwave trick to poach them isssssss:

    Crack an egg in a cup half filled with boiling water

    Microwave it for 1 to 1 1/2 minutes

    It might be perfect it might not but it's great on toast


    4 years ago on Introduction

    another great example of how nice consistency can be :)

    recipe/instrs from 8yrs ago and still cooking just fine. I did mine in an 18oz coffee mug with bacon and cheese w 2 eggs, scrambled. mm mm mmm! prepared, cooked and eaten from same mug and cleanup was a snap, too.

    I hadn't thought about the plastic wrap - it evidently makes the difference and works just fine. I didn't know what power my m'wave was so started w 33 seconds (it has an 11 second rotating platter) and added 2 additional periods of 22 seconds each, stirring between them and finished with a final 11 second heat. Eggs still weren't completely done but I could tell the residual heat would likely keep them cooking while I stirred for a bit. About another 20 seconds of stirring and the dish was perfect.


    5 years ago on Introduction

    Thank you so much! I have always failed at retaining the yolk in my egg, and this doesn't require any skill on my part! Thanks again :)


    6 years ago on Introduction

    I found this recipe after trying several laborious and not very successful soft boiled eggs recipes. It is perfect, especially with the comment about using Pam (or butter).

    I read the Pam label, since someone called it a chemical, and it is made with 100% canola oil. It has lecithin from soybeans and the preservative is rosemary extract. It does have a trace of "chemicals," but don't just about all foods?

    There seems to be a real issue, however, with the plastic wrap. I wonder if anyone has found an alternative. I tried putting a saucer over the dish, but there must be a better way!

    Maybe I should just stop obsessing and enjoy the eggs!


    7 years ago on Step 4

    Another way of cooking an egg in a microwave:
    Crack an egg into a small cup/Small bowl. (Making sure the bowl isnt too wide)
    Put a bit of milk in. Around one and a half Teaspoons.
    Whisk it.
    Put glad wrap over the top of the Bowl\Cup (Additional sorta, If you dont want your microwave to have little egg pieces everywhere)
    Put it in the microwave.
    Set the timer for 33-45 seconds. Depending on how powerful your microwave is.

    Pros: Doesn't taste rubbery
    Is a nice Breakfast, Or a small meal.
    Cons: Any sort of Plastic material contains a unhealthy chemical that released when heated.

    Additional: Tastes nice with soy sauce. XD


    7 years ago on Step 4

    Yes like all.. Works great
    1 egg 1 min. And turn at 30 sec
    Spray Pam or other in bowl before
    Plastic wrap or press and seal are the key..both work


    7 years ago on Step 4

    Just AWESOME!! ThankYou!!


    7 years ago on Step 3

    wow this actually tastes awesome im enjoying mine right now :)


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Thank you very much for the idea! This morning I made the recipe and it worked great! will now do a simple breakfast each morning. (excuse me for my bad English, but I'm from Bulgaria) :D

    Nice 'ible!. With a bit of advance prep you can turn this from good breakfast to great breakfast! One thing I often do is cook up a bunch of chopped onions ahead of time- If I am cooking something that requires sauteed onions (mushrooms, peppers, etc) I will do twice as much and throw them into a container that I keep in the fridge. Just toss in a few spoonfuls of the chopped onions into the egg before cooking and a pinch of salt and badabing! Oh- I almost forgot- a great way to cook a bunch of onions is to do it in the microwave- a bit of oil in a micro safe dish and toss around the onions. I some times keep an onion , ham and cheese mixture ready in the fridge and just add egg. I used to do this a lot when I worked in a building with out a cafeteria - I would cook a microwave egg for breakfast at work.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    I can confirm it works, 'cause ive been doing this myself for as long as we had a microwave - AND you can add mushrooms, cheese and tomatoes to the mix. Just chop small & quickly - I even crumble the mushrooms by hand, doesn't take more than 10 seconds, so that would be the 50 second omelet :)


    7 years ago on Step 3

    No way it works!

    it works, just keep adding time until it is, and make sure your plastic wrap is REALLY tight. I was able to cook like four, but I just had to keep adding time, and kept the plastic pretty darn tight.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Can this work with tupperware or similar microwaveable dishes that come with lids?