The Incredible, Edible and Microwavable Egg

Laura Mucha and Jacqueline Stern

In the late 1970s, the American Egg Board (yes, there is such a thing) advertised their product under the slogan, “The Incredible, Edible Egg.” They are not wrong – eggs truly are incredible. They are not only a great source of protein, but can be prepared in a multitude of equally delicious ways. Don’t let dorm living stop you! Eggs are just as delicious when they are cooked in the microwave. Just sprinkle a little salt on top, and breakfast is served. 

Poached:

Ingredients:

1 Egg

A pinch of Salt

A splash of vinegar (if available)

Water

Stovetop: 

Fill a shallow pan with enough water to cover the egg. Add a pinch of salt and a splash of vinegar. Bring this to a boil, then turn the heat off, crack the egg into the water and cover with a lid. Let this sit for 4-6 minutes. Gently scoop the egg out of the bowl with a slotted spoon. Dry and enjoy.

Microwave:

Crack the egg into a microwave-safe bowl and cover with warm water. Place the bowl in the microwave for 45 seconds to a minute and a half, depending on the desired runny-ness. Gently scoop the egg out of the bowl with a spoon, dry and enjoy. 

Boiled:

Ingredients:

Eggs (as many as desired)

Water

Stovetop: 

Place the desired number of eggs in a pot and cover with water. Place it on the stove and bring to a gentle boil, then turn the heat off and cover the pot. Let it stand for 2-10 minutes, depending on the desired runny-ness. Then, remove the eggs from the pan, and immediately run them under cold water or place them in an ice bath to stop the cooking. Once that’s complete, peel the egg shell off and enjoy your boiled creation. 

Microwave:

Microwave a bowl of water (deep enough to cover an egg) until it boils, then place the desired number of eggs inside. Cover, and let them sit for 6-9 minutes, either producing soft or hard boiled eggs. Immediately run the eggs under cold water to stop the cooking. 

Additional Suggestions:

*Soft boiled or poached eggs go best on toast with butter, avocado or leftover beans. They spruce up any soup, and are a wonderful addition to pasta with any kind of sauce. 

*Hard boiled eggs can be eaten on-the-go, or sliced on toast with butter, avocado or leftover beans. They work well sliced on sandwiches, especially as a substitute for meat. They can also be used to make egg salad.