The Trick To Making Over Easy Eggs In The Microwave

We probably all know not to attempt hard or soft boiling an egg in the microwave, right? The steam builds up beneath the eggshell, resulting (per The Incredible Egg) in a shocking explosion that leaves your microwave worse for wear and covered in egg-y goo and shell pieces. But when it comes to microwaving an egg out of the shell, there's more than one way to cook that egg. While scrambling is pretty easy (just beat the egg in a bowl and microwave), how easy is it to make over easy eggs in the microwave?

Turns out, it's pretty easy. According to the Microwave Meal Prep blog, all you need is a microwave-safe plate, butter, and your egg. In about a minute of microwaving, you can have a delicious over easy egg, runny and perfect for adding to your breakfast, burger, risotto, or anywhere else you fancy it. So, what's the secret? How exactly can you cook an over easy egg in your own microwave?

Replicating the over easy egg cooking process in the microwave

Cooking an over easy egg in the microwave, the Microwave Meal Prep blog says, is as simple as replicating the process of cooking an over easy egg on the stove. All you have to do is take a microwave-safe plate, microwave the empty plate for 15 seconds (to replicate the act of heating up a pan), and then place a teaspoon of butter to melt on the heated plate. Then, crack your egg on the plate and microwave it for about 45 seconds more, until the whites of the egg are set, leaving the yolk runny. And that's it!

While you might need to flip your over easy egg when cooking it the traditional stovetop way, there's no need to flip the egg using this process, as the microwave will cook both sides of the egg simultaneously. If you're not finding that the top of your egg is cooking as much as you'd like using this process, you can also add a few spoonfuls of water to the plate after you add the egg, and place a microwave cover atop your plate during the final cooking. The steam will help the egg whites set more thoroughly.