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How to Hard Boil an Egg in the Microwave

Making hard boiled eggs in the microwave is easier than you might think and they come out perfectly! Learn exactly how to hard boil an egg in the microwave and get the results you want every time.
Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: World
Keyword: How to Boil Eggs in Microwave
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 18kcal
Author: TipBuzz


  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon salt or ½ teaspoon per egg
  • cold water


  • Pierce each egg at the narrow end in inserting a cake tester or toothpick about ¼-inch.
  • Gently place the eggs in a medium microwave-safe bowl. Add ½ teaspoon of salt per egg followed by enough water to cover by ½ to ¾ inch.
  • Place the bowl in the microwave. Then microwave on full power for 4 minutes (or 5 minutes for a smaller tabletop microwave).
  • At the end of the cycle, microwave on 50% power for 6 minutes (see note). During this time, set aside another medium bowl of cold ice water.
  • Using oven mitts to prevent burns, carefully transfer the bowl from the microwave to a work surface.
  • For soft boiled eggs, transfer the eggs to the ice water using a slotted spoon. For hard boiled eggs, wait 4 minutes before transferring.
  • Let the eggs rest in ice water for 1 to 2 minutes. Then remove, peel and serve.


  • 50% power means the microwave will be heating in intervals, i.e. on for 30 seconds, off for 30 seconds, thus preventing overheating.
  • Microwave Egg Cooker instructions: Follow the manufacturer's instructions for making hard boiled eggs.


Serving: 1egg | Calories: 18kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 18mg | Potassium: 17mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 68IU | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg