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How to make scrambled eggs in the microwave

Save time and kitchen cleanup by cooking your eggs in a microwave-safe mug.
Yes, you can achieve perfectly fluffy scrambled eggs in the microwave.
Yes, you can achieve perfectly fluffy scrambled eggs in the microwave.TODAY
/ Source: TODAY

Eggs are a nutritious, protein packed and satisfying breakfast — or lunch or even dinner for that matter.

They're pretty easy to cook, too, but our little friend the microwave makes them even easier to prep — and cuts down on cleanup time because there's no dirty pan to wash.

So save yourself some time and hassle, and learn to make poached eggs, scrambled eggs, fried eggs and even huevos rancheros in the microwave.

1. How to make poached eggs in the microwave

How to poach an egg in a mug

March 21, 201700:37

Crack an egg into a microwave-safe mug or bowl, add 1/3 cup water and 1/2 teaspoon vinegar, cover the bowl with a plate and cook on 50% power for one minute. If yolk is not set, continue cooking in 15 second increments until it is.

The egg will be perfect — with set whites and a runny yolk — and ready to adorn your avocado toast in no time!

2. How to make scrambled eggs in the microwave

Butter the inside of a coffee mug. Whisk together 1 egg, 1 tablespoon of milk, a pinch of salt and a pinch of pepper. Cook on high power for 40 seconds, until the mixture is partially solid. Stir with a fork to break the egg into smaller curds and then stir in a large pinch of shredded cheese. Nuke it for another 10 seconds and it's done!

The cheese will be melted and the eggs will be fluffy and tender. Try adding some chopped chives, crumbled bacon or smoked salmon for extra flavor.

3. How to make huevos rancheros in the microwave

In a jumbo mug, combine 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1/2 scallion (chopped), 1/2 cup chopped tomato and 1/4 teaspoon cumin, and heat in the microwave for 1 minute until scallion is translucent and the tomato softened.

Then, stir in 1/2 avocado (diced), 2 tablespoons salsa, 1 tablespoon cilantro (chopped), 1 dash hot sauce (such as Tabasco) and 1/4 cup grated cheddar cheese. Crack 1 large egg over the mixture and season with 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Insert 5 to 6 tortilla chips and nestle them down into the egg mixture. Microwave for another 1 to 2 minutes, until the egg has set. Serve immediately with a dollop of sour cream.

Huevos Rancheros in a Mug

Huevos Rancheros in a Mug

Leslie Bilderback

4. How to fry an egg in the microwave

Back in May 2020, chef David Chang posted a video on Instagram in which he makes a slightly souped-up homemade McMuffin with salami instead of Canadian ham. But instead of frying or even poaching the egg, he sticks it right into the microwave … and it turns out really well! Here's how he does it:

  1. Spray a small, microwave-safe bowl with cooking spray.
  2. Crack an egg into the bowl. You may add a pinch of salt if, desired.
  3. Place the bowl into the microwave, and cook it for 1 minute 30 seconds at 30% power.
  4. Remove the bowl from the microwave and simply let the egg slide out of the bowl. No pans to clean!