How to Boil an Egg in Water in the Microwave

Updated April 17, 2017

Boiling an egg can take some time. When you are making only one or two eggs, it may not seem worth it to take the time to boil them. However, you can boil an egg in the microwave. It can take about the same amount of time, but it will be a faster clean up and will still taste the same. Sometimes when you boil eggs on the hob, you can forget about them and overcook them. When you boil them in the microwave, the beep will remind you to get them out.

Cover the egg with aluminium foil. Do not have any part of the egg shell showing. Smooth out the foil the best you can. Because the foil will be submerged in water, there is no harm in putting the foil in the microwave. In an article, an author named spatulaspoonandsaturday writes that "the foil acts as protective layer which the microwave frequency does not penetrate."

Place foil covered egg in a microwaveable mug or bowl. Fill the cup or bowl with enough water to completely cover the wrapped egg.

Choose which kind of egg you want. The microwave time will differ depending on if you want soft-boiled, medium, or hard-boiled. For a soft-boiled egg, microwave for 5 minutes. For a medium egg, microwave for 6 to 7 minutes. For a hard-boiled egg, microwave for 8 to 10 minutes. These times are for microwaving on high.

Remove the egg from microwave. Carefully take the egg out of the mug or bowl and unwrap the foil. Let cool and enjoy.

Purchase a microwave egg cooker if you do not feel comfortable putting a foil-wrapped egg in the microwave. Most egg cookers have a capacity for four eggs, but you can buy a single egg cooker. You can also use them to make hard-boiled or soft-boiled eggs. The positive side to using an egg cooker is it is easy and has an easy cleanup. Many are dishwasher safe. Egg cookers can cost anywhere from £3 to £16.


The foil wrapped egg always needs to be covered with water. Use a bowl or microwaveable rice cooker to keep more water for the egg. If using a microwave egg cooker, it will be very hot when done. Remove carefully. Surfaces may be smooth and cause pot holders to slip.

Things You'll Need

  • Egg
  • Mug, bowl or egg cooker
  • Aluminium foil
  • Water
  • Microwave
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About the Author

Alyssa Pratt is a writer currently living in Ohio. Her articles have been published on various websites. She enjoys writing articles that help others to understand or learn new areas of interest. She earned a Bachelor of Science in business from Pensacola Christian College in Pensacola, Fla. in 2006.