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Microwave Hard Boiled Eggs in 5 Easy Steps!

If you are wondering, can you make hard boiled eggs in the microwave? The answer is YES! Enjoy this easy egg hack.

The old stove top wave of making hard boiled eggs is out and the new way is to boil eggs in the microwave. Forget slaving over the stove when you can press a few buttons to cook hard boiled eggs.

How to Microwave Hard Boiled Eggs

This is one of those game changers, you know those cooking hacks – like the one where we showed you how to make your stand mixer into a chicken shredder.

how to cool microwave hard boiled eggs
how to cook microwave hard boiled eggs

Let’s jump in and learn all the tips and secrets to cooking hard boiled eggs in the microwave, fast and easy.

What You Need to Make Hard Boiled Microwave Eggs

There are just a few things to get started.

cooking hard boiled eggs microwave ingredients
ingredients for cooking microwave hard boiled eggs

Here is what you will need a few things to make hard boiled microwave eggs:

  • Large Microwavable Bowl – large enough to submerge eggs
  • Large Bowl – for bathing the eggs after microwaving
  • Eggs – read are eggs keto if you are on the keto diet
  • Salt
  • Baking Soda
  • Water
  • Pan holder – this is for handling the bowl of hot water
  • Microwave – duh.
  • Ice – enough to fill up 1/4 of your large bowl
  • Tongs – that can pick up eggs

Gather you supplies and ingredients, lay them out on the kitchen counter and let’s get microwaving.

How to Cook Hard Boiled Eggs in Microwave

Straight to it, this is easy – y’all. We have tested making hard boiled eggs in the microwave a few different ways. Did we mention how easy this recipe is? It is! Here is how we achieved the perfect microwave hard boiled egg.

large bowl with water for microwaving hard boiled eggs
microwaving hard boiled eggs

Step 1 – Heat Water

Take your microwave-safe bowl and fill it with water. Not too much, but your eggs will need to be submerged so it will need to be filled most of the way.

water to bowl hard boiled eggs microwave
water to bowl hard boiled eggs microwave

Next step for cooking microwave hard boiled eggs involves putting the bowl of water in the microwave for 3 minutes. This will heat up the water which is one of the secrets to achieving the perfect hard boiled eggs. Trust the process.

Step 2 – Submerge Eggs

Once the water is heated in the bowl, CAREFULLY remove with pot handlers or what have you. Do not burn yourself! Place the eggs carefully into the pot of hot water.

submerge eggs in water for boiling in microwave
submerge eggs in water for boiling in microwave

Make sure not to crack the eggs in the process! Again, the water must be filled enough in the bowl for the eggs to submerge.

Step 3 – Salt and Baking Soda

Before nuking the eggs to hard boiled status, you have one last step. Add a dash of salt and baking soda to the bowl of eggs and water.

salt and baking soda eggs microwave hard boiled
salt and baking soda microwave hard boiled eggs

Why use baking soda and salt? This will help keep your eggs from exploding in the microwave. Yes, this can happen! The baking soda also aids in removing your egg shell when it comes time to de-shell your hard boiled eggs.

Step 4 – Nuke the Eggs

I microwave the eggs for 6 minutes, then another 30 seconds. I like to microwave my hard boiled eggs, with no runny yolks. To me, a perfect hard boiled egg is yellow and not too soft or hard – with no runny egg yolk. Also, who else uses the words nuke?

Step 5 – Remove the Hard Boiled Eggs from the Microwave

Remove the hard boiled eggs microwave bowl – carefully not splashing or spilling hot water! You can leave the bowl of microwaved eggs for an hour or so if you aren’t in a hurry.

tongs hard boiled eggs ice bath
tongs hard boiled eggs ice bath

The next step in making microwave hard boiled eggs will help you easily remove your egg shells. Before jumping to the next step, here are a few things to consider as you might want to skip this!

  • If you are in a rush, you can skip this step. Wait until your hard boiled eggs are cooled to a point where they can be easily handled!
  • Want to save your hard boiled eggs in the refrigerator for meal prep or eating as a keto snack? Don’t remove the eggs shells! Read more about storing hard boiled eggs for eating later in our FAQ below.

Step 6 – Move Eggs to a Ice Water Bath (Optional)

If you were questioning why you needed two bowls, here is why! Fill the second bowl with water and ice. Sprinkle in baking soda. You will want to give your newly hard boiled microwave eggs an ice bath.

egg ice bath before removing hard boiled egg shell
egg ice bath before removing hard boiled egg shell

Gently place your eggs into the iced water bowl using the tongs (or your hands if the egg water is not too hot!)

While there is no hard fast rule on how long to bathe eggs in ice water, I typically leave them in for around 30 minutes

Step 7 – Remove Egg Shells

With our ice bath technique, removing your eggs shells will be easy peasy! Watch your egg shells glide off with ease.

Step 8 – Enjoy Your Microwaved Hard Boiled Eggs

There is how to microwave your eggs to make them hard-boiled. Now that the easy work is done of cooking, you can now enjoy your eggs however you wish!

easy hard boiled eggs in the microwave tips
easy hard boiled eggs in the microwave tips

Some like to salt and pepper, while others may use in an egg recipe like deviled eggs. However you use eat your microwavable eggs, enjoy!

How to Make Hard Boiled Eggs in the Microwave
Yield: 6

How to Make Hard Boiled Eggs in the Microwave

Prep Time: 1 minute
Active Time: 7 minutes
Difficulty: easy
Estimated Cost: $1.50

Learn how to make hard boiled eggs in the microwave with this easy to use cooking hack! Perfect for anyone who loves to eat hard boiled eggs but hates the process of cooking them on the stove top!

This simple egg how-to will have you nuking eggs to create the perfect hard boiled eggs. This is a great hack for anyone doing the keto diet, eating low carb, watching their sugar intake, wanting to add protein to their diet or just loves eggs! I'm putting the cost at $1.50 which is the current average price for 6 eggs at the grocery store.


  • Egg
  • Salt
  • Baking Soda
  • Water
  • Ice


  • Large Microwavable Bowl
  • Large Bowl
  • Pan Holder
  • Microwave
  • Tongs


  1. In large microwavable bowl, fill with water.
  2. Place water filled bowl in microwave for 3 minutes to warm water.
  3. Carefully remove water bowl from microwave using pan holders if needed.
  4. Place sprinkle of baking soda and salt into warm water bowl.
  5. Place eggs into the warm water. Make sure that the eggs are submerged.
  6. Put bowl with warm water and eggs into the microwave for 6 minutes.
  7. Once 6 minutes is complete, give it a few seconds and add another 30 seconds of microwave time. If you like your hard boiled eggs with runny yolks, you can just cook for 6 minutes in the microwave.
  8. When the microwave beeps - you can either leave the bowl into the microwave until the water is cooled or you can remove. If you remove, please be careful as the water is HOT.
  9. Allow the eggs to cool. Depending on if you want to de-shell the eggs or keep the microwave hard boiled eggs shelled, will determine how you complete this how to.


Please be cautious when removing hard boiled eggs in the microwave. This is a great cooking hack and awesome for keto diet friends to make easy hard boiled eggs! Use this egg recipe and how to for your deviled egg recipes, low carb recipes or if you just love eating hard boiled eggs plain.

Removing Egg Shells from Hard Boiled Eggs

We are sharing our peeling hard boiled eggs hack. Share this easy trick to peel your eggs with ease!

Soft Boiled Eggs vs Hard Boiled Eggs

Wondering what the difference is between hard boiled eggs vs soft boiled eggs. There are 2 main differences, both are due to cook time.

Soft boiled eggs will have a mushy, sometimes runny egg yolk. The egg’s white will be more solid.

soft boiled eggs vs hard boiled eggs
soft boiled eggs vs hard boiled eggs

A hard boiled egg will have a solid, firm yolk. Want to try soft instead of hard, we will show you how! Learn how to microwave soft boiled eggs.

egg meme funny what i see vs what the egg sees
egg meme funny

Our egg memes will have you rolling! Now try to use an egg slicer without visualizing this meme.

Perfect Hard Boiled Egg Tips and Questions Answered

We are sharing our favorite tips and answering questions about making perfect hard boiled eggs in the microwave.

perfect hard boiled egg microwave
perfect hard boiled egg microwave

Can you cook hard boiled eggs in the microwave?

Yes, see our detailed how to above to learn how to!

What does Nuke eggs mean?

Nuke has several meanings. In the context of our post, nuking is microwaving. Nuke eggs means microwave eggs. This might be a southern thing.

How Can I Make a Keto Breakfast with Hard Boiled Eggs?

Make sure you check out our huge list of keto breakfast ideas. A simple low carb breakfast would be a hard boiled eggs with salt and pepper, paired with keto toast.

keto bread toast eggs
keto bread toast eggs for perfect low carb breakfast idea

Use the Sola keto bread and butter to make a delicious low carb toast.

How long do I boil water to cook hard boiled eggs?

Here is a great hard boiled egg boil time image to help you visualize the egg yolk at certain boiling time points.

time for boiling hard boiled eggs image
time for boiling hard boiled eggs image

Can you freeze hard boiled eggs?

Yes, you can freeze hard boiled eggs. There are a few things you must to do successfully do this, but it can easily be done! Watch this video and learn how.

How long can I keep hard boiled eggs in the refrigerator?

Storing microwave hard boiled eggs in the refrigerator is a great way to make sure that you always have a low carb snack ready to eat.

How long can I store hard boiled eggs in the refrigerator?
How long can I store hard boiled eggs in the refrigerator?

Perhaps you want to do some meal prep and keep microwaved eggs in the fridge for later. You can, here is how long you can store hard boiled eggs in the refrigerator.

  • Hard boiled eggs in shell in the refrigerator can be fresh for up to 7 days.
  • Did you remove the shell from your hard boiled eggs? No worries! Hard boiled eggs without shells can store for up to 5 days in the refrigerator.

Can does eat hard boiled eggs?

Yes, dogs can eat hard boiled eggs. We recommend cutting the eggs up and mixing with their dog food. The eggs are a great source of calcium and protein for anyone, including those of us eating keto and our dog friends too!

Will eggs explode in the microwave?

Yes, eggs can easily explode while cooking in the microwave. We have not had this issue by using the above how-to!

Can you make eggs in the microwave without water?

Do you like watching eggs explode in the microwave? If so, sure – but have fun cleaning up the mess of exploded eggs shells and egg yolks! Don’t make eggs in the microwave without water, y’all. You are asking for a huge mess and will not get the hard boiled eggs that we are making in this recipe.

Eggscellent Microwave Hard Boiled Eggs

We hope you enjoy and learned something from our hard boiled egg microwave tutorial! If you did, please share this recipe on social media, give it a like and let others know!

Looking for more ways to eat eggs? Don’t miss our ricotta scrambled eggs recipe!

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