How to microwave eggs in a cup is here! Cooking hard boiled egg in microwave is great, soft boiled comes out runny and tender or even egg whites in a mug are game changers for breakfast.
Hard boiled microwave eggs in a cup are easy! A fast way to make a high protein breakfast in the shell or cracked into a bowl. We will show you both methods so you can choose but both are simple enough for even teens to make after school. One of many easy microwave recipes on our site. (affiliate links present)
Hard Boiled Egg in Microwave
Have you been making hard boiled eggs in oven all these years but looking for a way to do that a lot quicker. This will be a game changer for you too. You can get the same firm texture to peel and eat in the morning in a small fraction of time compared to that method. Even your teens can make one for you. 😉
We made this two different ways; cracked into a cup or left in the shell and “boiled” that way as well. For both you need just a bit of salt, left whole some water is necessary as well. You know how you can heat water this way to make a cup of tea? Well leave it in a bit longer and you can cook an egg in it too!
Egg in a Cup
We did this two other ways before this one. First we wanted to keep the yolk a bit softer. It’s the same as this but of course the cook time is shorter. You can make runny yolk with our soft boiled egg in microwave timing. A favorite start to the day for my Grandmother back in the day, but she never had this nifty machine to do it so fast!
Trying to eat healthier with less fat, but still packed with protein?? I even have instructions for how to cook slow cooker eggs which is great for brunch. You can add salt, pepper, and even diced bell peppers into this one to add a bunch of flavor to it. I mean I like the whole shebang but to each their own right. 😉
Now I like to use a larger coffee mug for this one. If I crack it it will easily fit into a ramekin dish. You’ll want to spray the inside of that one with some non stick spray so it doesn’t stick for sure.
How to Cook Eggs in a Microwave
This is WAY faster than cooking eggs in the oven of course. Biggest difference is they will remain soft and tender, no crisp. Here are brief instructions for the two ways I was talking about above. There is a printable recipe card below you can keep handy, or just come back when you forget.
- Microwaving hard boiled egg In the Shell – Add about 3/4 full of water into a mug. (Enough water that would cover an egg, but do not put the egg in at first).
- Microwave on high water for 1 minute.
- Stir in ½ tsp salt to the water.
- Gently add egg inside. Microwave for 4 minutes, then let it rest and sit in the hot water for 1 more minute. Microwave for another 4 minutes.
- Carefully remove egg and place in a bowl filled with cold water and ice for 5 minutes.
- Gently hit shell all the way around in sink and the shell should easily peel off so you can eat insides.
You could do more than one. The time will change if you add more than 1 into each cup though so keep it that way. If you have several microwave safe cups though you’ll likely be able to fit a number of eggs (maybe 6 or so at a time). Of course if you wanted to make a larger batch than that I would suggest some Ninja Foodi hard boiled eggs instead.
You would need to use this method to make deviled eggs later. You will want to ensure that the shell peels off nicely for these, the way to get perfect hard boiled eggs is to submerge in ice water for 5 minutes when done. Period.
Eggs in a Mug
I will say that removing the shell at the beginning is the easiest to prepare, season and eat when done too. You could use a coffee mug for sure but I like something like this that is a bit more shallow to get at with a fork.
- Microwaving egg in a mug – Spray the inside of a mug, cup or microwave safe bowl with nonstick spray.
- Add a dash of salt to the cup. (This will help the egg cook evenly).
- Crack the egg into your cup and microwave for 30 seconds.
- Let sit for 1 minute, then cook hard boiled egg for another 10-15 seconds until hard boiled.
- Remove and let sit for a minute or two before enjoying.
Same as above, you could make several of these at the same time, but only add 1 per cup. Now if you wanted to make a really large batch without the shells you should follow our no peel hard boiled eggs instructions instead.
For a final way you might want to try is to have eggs sit in air fryer for about 13 minutes to cook. Do not increase the timing much more than the ones listed below or they may explode in the microwave if you do (if in the shell). You don’t need a bunch of time, there has been quite a bit of testing to get to the point where we’ve now shared it with you today.
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Microwave Eggs in a Cup
- 1 microwave
- 1 mug or small dish
- In Shell – Add about 3/4 full of water into a mug. (Enough water that would cover an egg, but do not put the egg in at first). Microwave water for 1 minute. Stir in ½ tsp salt to the water.
- Gently add egg inside. Microwave for 4 minutes, then let it rest for 1 minute. Microwave for another 4 minutes, then carefully remove egg and place in a bowl filled with cold water and ice for 5 minutes. Gently hit shell all the way around in sink and the shell should easily peel off so you can eat insides.
- Cracked in a microwave safe dish or mug – Spray the inside of a mug or cup with nonstick spray. Add a dash of salt to the cup. (This will help the egg cook evenly). Crack the egg into your cup and microwave for 30 seconds.
- Let sit for 1 minute, then cook for another 10-15 seconds until hard boiled. Remove and let sit for a minute or two before enjoying.