Two Minute Microwave Egg




Cook a perfect microwave egg in 2 minutes without special gear - unless you consider a paper coffee cup and a fork special, that is. Never fails, always moist and delicious. Why compromise?

Years of experimentation from college dorm living, to bachelor pad, to road-warrior have perfected this egg-tech.

Spray or butter a paper coffee cup, slap in an egg and some water, microwave 1 minute at 30 percent power, inspect and nuke it again.

Serve with your choice of condiments, salt, pepper, spices, hot sauce, jam, ketchup.

Step 1: Butter Cup

A cardboard coffee cup is your best bet.

Do not use a ceramic mug or cup.

And avoid using a wax paper cold cup or a styrofoam coffee cup.

Lightly coat the cup with cooking spray, or wipe the inside of the cup with olive oil, salad oil, butter or margarine on a paper towel.

Step 2: Crack It

For a large egg, a seven ounce (200 cc) paper cup is about the right size.

Crack the egg and pour into the oiled paper cup.

Did I mention that the cup is paper?

Step 3: H2egg

Yah, I know yer mom always added a little milk.

But wait until you try your egg with a splash of water.

A trick I learned from a pro chef.

Milk makes eggs a bit rubbery.

Water makes them fluffy.

Start with about a teaspoon (5 cc).

You do not need bottled water -- the bottle is just to make the photo more clear.

Step 4: Stir It

Gently stir the egg and water together with a fork, spoon, or chopsticks.

Your goal is to break the yolk, and stir it and the water into the white.

But you want to feel a little springy body in the mixture.

Do not whip into a foam.

At this point you can add optional ingredients like a little grated cheese, chopped peppers, onions.

Step 5: Nuke It

Fold over the top edge of the paper cup.

Fold the corners back.

Place in your home microwave and start the process.

Watch out for office, dorm, or other high power professional style microwaves. You may be scraping your eggs off the oven ceiling.

Nuke for 1 minute at 30 percent.

This is also called power level 3, or defrost mode on some units.

Step 6: Bang-Bang You're Egg

Time for some geek stuff.

The microwave uses bang-bang control.

This just means that the cooking power is either on or off. No such thing as half power.

Different microwaves use different schemes, but one of the most popular is to use short bursts of full power.

You can test this yourself with a cup of cool water and a pencil and paper.

Set the microwave for 3 minutes at power 3.

The oven light will dim and the fan sound may change when the cooking power is on.

Watch the seconds on the display to measure the time.

Record the timing of the power bursts - it is easier to have a helper write them down as you call them out..

Try different power settings and cook times and note the results.

Always start each test run with cool water in a microwave-safe container. Ya don't want scalding water all over the place now do you? Likewise, never operate the microwave empty or you'll be buying a new one pretty soon.

It is good, geeky fun to reverse engineer your microwave oven's power scheme.

Step 7: Shake N Wait

So back to cooking the egg -- after the first heating wait ten seconds or so.

Open the door.

Do not open the cup.

Pinch the folded edge shut and swirl the cup to distribute the heat.

It should feel like half liquid with some cooked eggs floating in the center.

Repeat the 1 minute at power 3 cooking process.

Wait a few seconds after -- the egg is still cooking even after the power is off.

Now open the cup, and peer anxiously over the edge.

If it is still too liquid for your taste, close the cup, swirl it and heat it for 15 to 20 seconds on high.

Step 8: Scarf or Savor

In a rush?

Scarf it right out of the cup with chopsticks or a fork or spoon. Watch out, parts of the egg may be scalding hot!

Or pour it out onto a fancy plate and serve with toast, jam, spices, Tabasco, ketchup - whatever makes your taste buds tingle!

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    26 Discussions


    Me and my sister use to do this in a regular coffee mug all the time with a little milk and a tiny bit of salt. Actually forgot about it till I found this... think I'll start using it again.


    7 years ago on Step 8

    Another thing I'm saving for later, then. Thanks for sharing!


    7 years ago on Step 8

    I do this all the time in my ceramic coffee mug with a paper towel over the top. I never heard of using a paper cup. It comes out great in the ceramic coffee mug.

    i know this may seem a daft question, but can you boil an egg in a container of water in the microwave? i love eggs in this way but i would prefer more options for nuked egg

    2 replies

    Yes, as a batchelor I often made boiled eggs in a pint glass jug. I found that ou had to cook several eggs at a time though, or they exploded! Two is not enough, and 4 to 6 is the ideal number.


    8 years ago on Introduction

    warning: you must stir or beat the eggs and seal the container. Failure to do so will make a bang bang cup of egg in a bang bang microwave lol
    but srsly


    10 years ago on Introduction

    My egg routine goes like this select glass/ceramic pudding cup put in egg and equal amount of tap water. Nuke for 40 seconds for soft poached egg. Add butter, salt and pepper. I eat it out of the cup if I'm having cereal or on toast if not.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Wow, this reminds me of the old days before married life. Great Instructions Too. Entertaining and Informative. More receipes please Mr. M.

    1 reply

    10 years ago on Introduction

    Awwww we saw this once in a bagel place like a year ago and have been trying it ever since except we were using small Tupperware

    5 replies

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    I like your idea of reusable containers. I have tried pyrex bowls, and microwave-safe cookware. But plastic especially reacts badly with any oils. And ceramics or glass have always pulled heat away from the egg in my experience. Other similar -ibles seem to have no problem though. At least the paper cup is disposable, crushable and biodegradable. In fact I can usually cook two or three eggs in the same cup as folks wake up and want their brekky. The fork (I actually use chopsticks mostly) is washable and reusable. Water comes out of a tap. And oil or cooking spray (no fluorocarbons) come in recyclable glass bottles or steel cans. Let me know how the tupperware is working for you.


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    well the benefits to get something like that to work is you get a nice smooth egg biscuit to place on a sandwich or something. stinks that you can't get this to work have your tried this any other style, like over easy. that could be cool if it work, its like gooey cake


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    You are right, It would be great if you could make over-easy or soft-boiled. Luckily I like the moist fluffy soufle - one variation is to add shredded mexican cheese before cooking and serve with mild salsa. Of course for real speed, nothing beats hard-boiling a dozen eggs on a lazy Sunday and keeping them in the fridge. I toss a little salt and pepper or spices (Trader Joe's 21 Spice Salute) in a twist of paper and off I go, egg in jacket pocket in the mornings !!!


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Not even deviled eggs? I donate blood to the Red Cross at this one particular place in my town because they give out deviled eggs and delicious hot tea. All the other volunteer donation places give out juice and cookies :)