Microwave Fried Egg

Microwave Fried Egg

This microwave fried egg recipe is the closest you’ll get to a pan fried egg without frying it. It’s super easy and it only takes 1 minute! It was one of the first microwave recipes I learned as a university student, simplified from the microwave scrambled egg recipe shown to me by my big sis.

As a side note – you’ve got to be careful before cooking microwave fried egg. When cooking whole eggs in the microwave, always pierce the yolk with a fork a few times to break its skin and cover it with a paper towel. I discovered early on that if this step is skipped, microwave eggs become pretty egg-cited and will tend to splatter themselves all over the inner walls of the microwave oven.

So, to cook fried eggs in the microwave follow the steps below…

Some further health info about eggs can be found here.

You'll Need

  • Microwave safe bowl or cup
  • Sheet of paper towel
  • 1 fresh egg
  • 1 Tablespoon of cooking oil (any type is fine)


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  1. Swirl the oil around in the bowl
  2. Crack the egg into the bowl and break the yolk (you can also add a little salt, pepper, tomato sauce or other enhancements at this step.
  3. Cover with a kitchen towel. (It is very important to break the yolk and cover as intact eggs will pop like a balloon when microwaved)
  4. Place in the microwave oven on full power for 1 minute.
  5. Stand for 1 minute to allow the microwave fried egg to settle down a bit.

To Serve Microwave Fried Egg

To serve, place the microwave fried egg onto a nice buttered bed of toast perhaps with some microwave crispy bacon. If for any reason you didn't add any sauce before you started cooking, then now's the time to do so. I like to add a blob of tomato ketchup or a few drops of hot pepper sauce to jazz it up some.

Microwave Fried Egg Tips

If your microwave fried egg is too runny for your liking, add another 10 seconds to the cooking time. Don't overdo it though because it will end up looking like something which could only be considered fit for the bin. If you prefer a softer yolk in your microwave fried egg, reduce the cooking time to no less than 40 seconds unless you're trying to prepare a slightly warm raw egg recipe. I personally do not advise this due to the risk of food poisoning.

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14 thoughts on “Microwave Fried Egg

  1. This is complete nonsense as anyone who has tried to cook an egg like this with full power for 40 secs or more would know. The yolk and white end up hard with these instructions.

  2. I’m very upset as your front page directions (with pic) NEVER mentioned to cover the egg!!!!!!!!!!!

    R u kidding me it exploded allover the micro. Took me 25 min. to clean it up…Thoughtless oversite!!!!!!!

    1. it should only take a few minutes to clean the microwave if you place a wet rag in the microwave and run your microwave on high for 3 minutes, this will make steam, and you can wip down your microwave in a few minutes time.

  3. I followed the instructions to the letter and started at 1 minute. That wasn’t done enough for my taste, so I added 30 sec and it was perfect. I microwaved sausage links in the bowl, on top of a paper towel, first, so I didn’t add any oil to the mix, as the bowl was already oiled. I pierced the egg yolks a couple of times the fork tines and covered the bowl with a paper towel. No problems, no mess, just fast and easy breakfast! Thank you!

  4. I followed the instructions and it worked great. My MW oven says “1350W NORMAL MAXIMUM 850W” …SO WHO KNOWS WHAT THAT MEANS? So I picked 1000W (=50seconds). I let it stand and it turned out a teeny bit hard around the edges but still great. I started with a large size egg cold, right out of the fridge. Thanks so much. I prefer this over the microwave scrambled eggs also because it doesn’t stick to the Bowl.

  5. I used olive oil on the bowl, then added butter. Melted the butter, added an egg, salt and pepper, covered with paper towel, and LOVED IT! No pan, no fuss, no muss., Next one I will lower the oven temp somewhat..my egg came out a little hard, Otherwise, perfect. Make sure you cover.

  6. BS! It explodes after 40 at full power. The author clearly has no idea. I didn’t that’s why I F looked it up! What a whole new lvel of F BS

  7. This worked perfectly in my 1300W microwave. It popped and exploded and made a wonderfully fluffy egg perfect to go on my bagel.

  8. I am highly annoyed at all the negative comments on here! Follow the instructions step by step, and it works a treat! I’ve just thoroughly enjoyed mine! 🙂 Thank you so much! 🙂

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