Whether you’re preparing to make a dish of deviled eggs or just need a protein-packed breakfast on the go, a microwave egg cooker is an easy and convenient option. The appliance can also be used to steam fish and make omelets with this versatile kitchen.
Belly Full offers an egg cooker timing guide that makes boiling time a snap. The best egg cookers can also cook soft-boiled and poached eggs.
1. Set a Timer
While a classic egg timer is always on the way and prone to getting lost, a smart egg cooker can use a special light or audible alert to let you know when your eggs are done. Allows you to set the cooking time based on how hard or soft you like your eggs.
While there are microwave egg cookers that can make enough for the whole Brady bunch, many smaller models are perfect for single people or families with limited counter space. Depending on your needs, you may also want a model that can cook other foods such as bao or vegetables.
This versatile egg cooker can cook up to seven eggs at once—so you can have a protein-packed breakfast on hand or whip up an impressive dish of deviled eggs for a potluck. Plus, it has an automatic shut-off feature, so you don’t have to worry about forgetting about the eggs while you’re busy in the kitchen. And it is very easy to clean!
2. Keep an Eye on the Microwave Egg Cooker
Whether you like to cook your eggs very easily, soft boiled, scrambled, poached or whatever, a microwave egg cooker can be a very helpful tool. It’s a small countertop appliance that lets you make a variety of eggs without ever turning on your stove or dealing with messy egg wash.
Our chief tester has been making at least one egg every day for years, so he’s a pro when it comes to making them. However, he found that many models struggled to consistently produce the desired results. They worked great at producing hard-boiled eggs, but often failed when cooking poached or other soft-boiled or medium-boiled eggs.
We tested a model that was easy to use and provided excellent results. It has a control panel that displays the amount of water in the cooker and a power light that signals when the eggs are done. The main tray and lid are dishwasher-safe, making cleaning a breeze This model also performs well when we steam vegetables and fish.
3. Keep the Eggs Moving
A small countertop appliance that’s often underutilized, an egg cooker makes preparing hard-boiled eggs for salad or deviled sandwiches much easier than the stovetop method. It can also make poached eggs for breakfast or omelets, and it can also cook scrambled eggs.
Our home testers loved this model from Cuisinart, which can cook up to 10 eggs at once on two levels and is set to soft, medium or hard-boiled. It comes with a measuring cup and piercing pin, which helps get the perfect yolk, and its front display shows you the cooking progress. It also has a handy timer that goes off when the eggs are done. However, Jacqueline notes that it doesn’t always follow the timing guidelines printed on the packaging.
If you want to get creative with your microwave egg cooker, consider using it for steaming as well. Our home testers found that it cooked kale, asparagus and carrots well. You can even steam fish. Check the food for a firm texture before removing it from the egg cooker.
4. Keep the Eggs Clean
An egg cooker is not only convenient but also much easier to clean than the traditional method. You’ll want to start by making sure the unit is unplugged before cleaning and wiping down the egg tray, poaching tray, and main body of the appliance with hot water and a damp cloth. Be sure to wash the cloth or sponge regularly to avoid mineral deposits on the egg cooker’s non-stick surface.
The best microwave egg cookers are lightweight and store in a small space, making them a great option for apartment dwellers or college students with limited kitchen storage space. These appliances are generally more affordable than more expensive options like professional egg cookers.
Most egg cookers are easy to use, with just one button and a timer to guide you through the process of making soft-boiled or hard-boiled eggs. They’re even designed to automatically shut off when the eggs are done, so you don’t have to worry about overcooking them. The cookers also have built-in piercing pins for an easy way to prevent cracking.
5. Keep the Eggs Warm
If you’re cooking for a crowd or preparing a potluck, a microwave egg cooker can help you save time and effort. Most models can cook several eggs at once, making it easy to keep a batch warm while you prepare other ingredients or complete other tasks around the house.
Whether you’re making hard-boiled eggs for salads and making sandwiches or poaching eggs for savory dishes like Eggs Benedict, an egg cooker makes it easier than ever to prepare nutritious breakfasts and snacks on the go. Just be sure to follow these expert tips for using your microwave egg cooker for the best results.
This compact model cooks up to seven eggs at once and has a light that indicates it’s on and an audible alert that lets you know when the eggs are done. This is a great choice for families with limited counter space. The egg tray lifts easily with one hand, making it easy to wash eggs or transfer to a plate for serving. It’s dishwasher-safe, so cleaning is quick and easy.
6. Keep the Eggs in the Water
It’s easy to get confused when cooking a hard-boiled egg, which can have a green or rubbery white ring around the yolk. Egg cookers take the guesswork out of this time-consuming dish, letting you set the timer and go.
The best egg cookers allow you to make poached eggs or omelets, so they don’t just save time for breakfast. Plus, some are compact and can fit on your counter, making them a convenient addition to your kitchen or college dorm room.
Jacqueline loves the convenience of this small, cord-free microwave egg cooker. It holds four eggs at once and is dishwasher-safe when you’re done cooking. He also likes that it’s lighter and easier to store than a traditional pot, and says it works well for those with limited counter space or apartment dwellers. However, he noticed that it doesn’t turn off completely when the eggs are done, and you have to manually press the button. It has a light that turns off when the egg is cooked.
7. Keep the Eggs Moving
Unlike other methods of cooking eggs, the egg cooker gives you the freedom to multitask and cook more than just hard-boiled eggs. You can bake them, scramble them and even make scotch eggs and more.
Although the process of baking eggs in an egg cooker is a little different from boiling them, it is still very easy to use. Simply fill a ramekin with your desired filling and crack in the egg. Then, pop it in the oven and cook it for 15 minutes. It is important to gently stir the eggs every few minutes.
Another great thing about baked eggs is that they don’t spoil as quickly as boiled eggs, making them a great choice for busy families. However, if you’re worried about a messy cleanup, look for a microwave egg cooker that has a removable tray and lid that are both top-rack dishwasher-safe. It will make cleaning up a breeze.
8. Keep the Eggs Warm
A simple, egg-shaped device may seem obscure, but it has the power to revolutionize your morning. Designed to make hard-boiled eggs or soft, medium or poached, egg cookers resemble mini hotplates and have a measuring cup, a piercing pin and a plastic dome for adding water. After pressing a single button, the heating plate boils the water, creating steam that cooks the eggs. If egged, a light on the front display or a nice little jingle will tell you.
The best microwave egg cookers have a lid to keep the steam in and a slot for the egg holder. The trays are also easy to clean. If you’re planning on making lots of hard-boiled eggs for breakfast or egg salad on the go, consider getting one with a dual tray to cook two at the same time. Some models even offer settings for omelets and poached eggs, making them a versatile option. Some have a compact, space-saving design that will fit nicely in a dorm room.
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