Hard boiled eggs are used for a variety of dishes, including deviled eggs and egg salad. Unfortunately, it can take over 20 minutes to hard boil an egg in the traditional manner, namely to place it in a pot of boiling water. Microwaving the eggs is a faster option. The eggs can be boiled safely in the microwave in a fraction of the time.

Things You'll Need

Fill a microwave safe bowl with warm water. The water should be almost to the top of the bowl.

Add one tbsp. vinegar and one eighth tbsp. salt to the water.

Set the bowl into the microwave. Bring the bowl of water to a boil using full power–this will take anywhere from four to six minutes.

Rinse the eggs under a warm tap for three to four minutes while the water is boiling in the microwave. An egg that is closer to room temperature will be less likely to crack or explode in the microwave.

Remove the bowl from the microwave with an oven mitt.

Puncture a small hole in each end of the eggs using a sharp sewing needle. This will ensure that the eggs do not explode in the microwave. Explosions generally occur when pressure builds up inside the egg during the microwave cooking process. Puncturing the eggs will help alleviate the pressure and avoid a huge mess inside the microwave.

Set the eggs into the boiling hot water.

Cook the eggs in the microwave on medium power for seven to eight minutes.

Remove the bowl from the microwave with an oven mitt. Lift the eggs from the bowl with a slotted spoon and place them in the colander.

Run the eggs under cool water for three to four minutes before cracking and peeling.

References and Resources

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