The Microwave Egg Technique TikTok Is Seriously Concerned About

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that over 90% of households in the United States have a microwave. That really isn't too shocking considering how quick and convenient microwaves are for heating food. From cooking frozen meals and warming up leftovers to steaming veggies and popping popcorn, microwaves can tackle a lot of tasks. On the contrary, there are definitely some things you shouldn't put in a microwave, such as aluminum foil, plastic bags and containers, and brown paper bags (via American Home Shield). But what about cooking eggs in a microwave?

When you think of cooking eggs, you probably consider using a pot or pan on a stovetop to fry, poach, boil, or scramble them, and there are even more ways to cook the perfect egg, such as braising, baking, and roasting. However, one TikTok with more than 8 million views went viral for demonstrating an egg hack using a microwave, and some people are very concerned about it.

Cracking an egg on a paper plate and microwaving it

TikTok user @akakasandra shared a video of themselves cooking an egg in a microwave, with the caption "I like it this way because its kind of like a poached egg, no crispy brown bits and a perfect pink top." They crack an egg on a greased paper plate, cover it with a second paper plate, and microwave it for 50 seconds. The finished egg's whites are cooked, and its yolk is runny. The TikToker also says you can add or deduct 10 seconds to the cooking time, depending on how you prefer your eggs.

Most of the commenters were confused and concerned. "I really thought you were gonna put the paper plate on the stove" and "I'm calling the cops rn," were among the responses. However, a few people supported the TikToker and praised them for sharing a new technique. One user wrote, "OMG thank you....I'm 68 and have been cleaning pans for years and years. I want to hug you," and another said, "no but this is so smart for ppl who dont have a stove." Chef Michael Silverstein from "MasterChef" even commented, writing, "I see nothing wrong with this."

Although it is unconventional, it gets the job done. It is important to note, however, that you should not cook an egg in its shell in a microwave without piercing the shell first because steam can build up inside the egg and may cause it to explode (per Sauder's Eggs).