We’ve received a lot of questions about whether or not you can boil eggs in the microwave and how to do it.
Since this is new territory for us, we had to do some research. We also did some experiments to see if they actually worked.
In the end, there was one method that was successful. Here’s how we did it:
In a microwave oven-safe bowl, add one cold egg (straight out of the fridge) and ¼ teaspoon of salt. Fill the bowl with water to submerge the egg.
Cover the bowl with a microwave oven-safe plate and microwave on high for 4 minutes.
Take the bowl out of the microwave and drain all the water. Let the egg sit for 5 minutes.
Put the egg in a bowl of cold water for 1 minute and peel. And there you have it: one perfectly hard-boiled egg.
However, we do not recommend this nontraditional method. It is NOT safe to try.
We tried four times and had three eggs explode. Fortunately, we had a lid (plate) on so the damage was minimized and no one was hurt.
Removing a bowl of hot water out of a microwave can be dangerous, too. The water can splash out of the bowl and burn you.
We also found that salt water prevents the egg from exploding. However, there’s no scientific evidence to back this up, so we can’t guarantee it.
If the egg didn’t explode in the microwave, there is still a chance it may burst afterwards. When the egg is still hot, it releases hot steam inside the shell and can explode due to compressed pressure.
So, please stick to the traditional method and boil your eggs in a pot over the stove.
How Long Do Eggs Last?
Now that we know how to boil eggs, let’s learn how to store them properly.
1. At Room Temperature
In the US, egg manufacturers wash and sanitize them to prevent exposure to bacterial contamination. Once the eggs have been sanitized, they need to be refrigerated to decelerate the growth of bacteria.
This means it is best to keep raw eggs in the fridge at all times.
However, there will come a time when you need room-temperature eggs for a recipe. In that case, take them out of the refrigerator 30 minutes or 1 hour before cooking.
Leaving the eggs at room temperature for 2 hours or more increases the risk of bacterial contamination. This can lead to food poisoning, and we want to avoid that.
So, we advise you to leave raw eggs out for no longer than 1 hour, just to be safe.
This applies to hard-boiled eggs, too.
2. In the Fridge
If you insist on cooking ahead of time, peeled hard-boiled eggs can last up to a week if stored properly. Ideally, you should put them in an airtight container and cover with a sheet of paper towel to prevent dryness.
Raw eggs can last up to 5 weeks if you store them properly.
If possible, you should keep the eggs in their original cartons. Doing so can prevent them from absorbing refrigerator odor and being exposed to bacteria.
Keep your eggs in the fridge 45°F or lower and they shouldn’t go bad for a long time.
To be sure, check the 3-digit code on the side of the carton. This is the Julian date that indicates the day the eggs were packed.
For example, if the code is 001, it means the eggs were packed on January 1st.
Google and find out what day that code is. Your eggs should last 4 to 5 weeks beyond that date.
If there’s an expiration date or “sell by” date on the carton, you can refer to that date, too. This date just means the eggs are at the best quality to be put on shelves.
That being said, your eggs can still be safe to eat beyond the expiration date. Let’s learn how to tell if your eggs are good to eat.
How to Tell If Eggs Are Bad
Here are some tips to tell if your eggs are bad:
Do the water test: To see if an in-shell egg is okay to eat, put it in water. If the egg floats to the top, it’s likely not safe to eat.
On the other hand, if the egg remains sunken, this doesn’t guarantee 100% that the egg is good either.
Check the appearance: If the shell is intact and undamaged, crack the egg into a bowl or dish.
A good and/or fresh egg should have a clear egg white. The color of the yolk varies from pale yellow to deep orange.
If the egg is too liquidy and/or you see discolorations, chances are the egg is bad or low quality.
Take a sniff: If the appearance check fails, smell the egg and trust your nose. A bad egg has a distinctively unpleasant odor no matter if it’s raw or cooked.
And that concludes today’s ultimate guide on how to boil eggs.
Boiling eggs to your liking is much easier now. With this guide on how to boil eggs, we will ensure you always get perfectly boiled eggs.
cook TIME 6 mins
total TIME 11 mins
INACTIVE TIME 5 mins
COURSE Breakfast, Lunch, Snack
CALORIES 72 kcal
6 large eggs cold
32 fl ozwater or enough to submerge the eggs
Put a large saucepan on the stove. Fill it halfway with water, or enough to submerge the eggs. Bring water to a boil.
Set your timer to 6 minutes. Once the water is boiling, gently put one egg at a time into the pot with a slotted spoon. Start the timer immediately and wait for the eggs to cook.
Once the timer rings, remove the egg from the pot and transfer to a tub of ice water. Allow the egg to sit for 5 minutes before peeling off the shells. The eggs should be soft-boiled.
Enjoy them plain or with a sprinkle of salt, black pepper, or herbs.
How to Boil Eggs
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 72Calories from FDA
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 2g
Trans Fat 5g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Vitamin A 80IU
Vitamin C 0mg
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
If your saucepan isn’t big enough. It would be best to divide and cook the eggs in batches to achieve the right doneness.
We set the timer for 6 minutes to get soft-boiled eggs. Otherwise, check out our guide above and set your timer accordingly if you desire a different doneness.