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How To Microwave Soft Boiled Eggs in 6 Minutes – Super Easy!

Enjoy this egg cooking hack and learn how to microwave soft boiled eggs.

Who needs a stove top for boiling when you can just use the microwave! If you like your boiled egg yolks a less firm and more runny, we got you! Let’s start nukin’ and learn how to make the perfect soft boiled egg.

Microwave Soft Boiled Eggs

Forget waiting for water to boil, let’s make soft boiled eggs microwave style with this genius cooking hack!

microwave soft boiled eggs
how to microwave soft boiled eggs

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

Ingredients for Soft Boiled Microwave Eggs

There are just a few things to get started in microwaving your eggs to soft boiled.

perfect soft boiled eggs microwave ingredients
perfect soft boiled eggs microwave ingredients

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

  • Eggs
  • Salt
  • Baking Soda
  • Water
  • Ice – enough to fill up 1/4 of your large bowl

And these kitchen supplies from your cupboards.:

  • Large Microwavable Bowl – large enough to submerge eggs
  • Large Bowl – for bathing the eggs after microwaving
  • Pan holder – this is for handling the bowl of hot water
  • Microwave – duh.
  • Tongs – that can pick up eggs

Get everything together and let’s start nuking our perfect soft boiled eggs!

How to Cook Soft Boiled Eggs in Microwave

Straight to it, this is easy – y’all. Here is how we achieved the perfect microwave soft boiled egg.

how to make soft boiled eggs in microwave
how to make soft boiled eggs in microwave

Step 1 – Submerge for Microwaving

Fill your microwavable bowl up to 2/3 of way and submerge eggs in bowl. Make sure those eggs sink, this is required for them to soft boil!

submerge eggs in water for boiling in microwave
submerge eggs in water for soft 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 2 – Add Salt and Baking Soda

Before microwaving eggs to soft boiled status, there’s a few things we are going to add to the water. Let’s add a dash of salt and baking soda to the bowl of eggs and water.

soft boil eggs microwave cooking
soft boil eggs microwave cooking

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 peel your soft boiled eggs.

Step 3 – Soft Boil in Microwave

In order to achieve microwave soft boil eggs, you will want to cook the eggs for 6 minutes in the microwave. This microwave time should give yours eggs runny egg yolk.

Step 4 – Remove the Soft Boiled Eggs in Microwave to Bowl

Now let’s remove the soft-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.

easy peeling soft boiled eggs ice bath
easy peeling soft boiled eggs ice bath

The next step in making microwave soft 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 microwaved eggs are cooled to a point where they can be easily handled!
  • Want to save your soft boiled eggs in the refrigerator for meal prep or eating as a keto snack? Don’t remove the eggs shells! Read more about how long they last and saving for later details below.

Step 5 – Move 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 soft boiled microwave eggs an ice bath.

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 6 – Time to Peel

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

Step 7 – Enjoy Your Microwaved Soft Boiled Eggs

Now that the easy work is done of cooking, you can now enjoy your eggs however you wish!

runny yolk soft boiled eggs microwave
runny yolk soft boiled eggs microwave

Some like their microwave soft boiled eggs with just salt and pepper, while others may use in an egg recipe like deviled eggs. Try runny yolk soft boiled eggs with avocado for a treat! However you use eat your microwave eggs, enjoy!

Sow to Peel Soft Boiled

Now that the eggs are cooked what’s next? Let’s look at how to peel soft boiled eggs. Peeling soft boiled eggs is just like peeling hard-boiled eggs. Use our peeling hard boiled eggs hack so that the shell falls right off of the egg.

Hard Boiled vs Soft Boiled

If you are wondering what is the difference between soft boiled eggs and hard boiled eggs – it’s how done the egg yolk is cooked.

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

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

Interested in learning how to microwave hard boiled eggs? We can show you how!

There is a definite texture and taste difference when comparing soft boiled eggs vs hard boiled eggs. Soft boiled egg whites are more rubbery and less firm.

Are Soft Boiled Eggs Safe to Eat?

Something to note when determining whether you are going to make hard boiled eggs vs soft boiled eggs is food safety. Are soft boiled safe to eat, yes – but make sure that it is cooked.

are soft boiled eggs safe to eat
are soft boiled eggs safe to eat

Here is egg safety advice to follow from OSU.

While it’s understandable that some people prefer the taste of soft-boiled eggs versus hard-boiled eggs, from a food safety standpoint, it is safer to use hard-boiled eggs for dyeing Easter eggs that you plan to eat. In fact, you should cook the eggs until both the yolk and the white are firm, not runny.

This is because eggs can contain salmonella, which is an organism that causes food-borne illness, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. Salmonella can be found on both the outside and inside of eggs, and it can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, cramps, and fever, which can last for a couple of days to a week, the USDA says.
cooking soft boiled eggs in microwave
Yield: 6

How to Make Soft Boiled Eggs in the Microwave

Active Time: 6 minutes
Additional Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 1 minute

We are showing you how to cook soft boiled eggs in the microwave with this easy to use cooking eggs hack! If you like your boiled egg yolks runny, then this how-to recipe is for you.

Making your microwave soft boiled eggs is an easy way to cook without slaying over the stovetop. No more boiled water with eggs - we are now microwaving eggs! Let's get started.


  • 6 eggs
  • 1-2 Cups Water
  • 1-2 Cups Ice
  • Dash of Salt
  • Pinch of Baking Soda


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


  1. In large microwavable bowl, fill with water 2/3 full.
  2. Place sprinkle of baking soda and salt into warm water bowl.
  3. Place eggs into the water. Make sure that the eggs are completely submerged.
  4. Put microwave bowl with warm water and eggs into the microwave for 6 minutes.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Allow the eggs to cool. Depending on if you want to peel the soft-boiled eggs or keep them shelled will determine what you do next.


Remember to be careful when removing hot water from the microwave. Also read our egg food safety warning as soft boiled eggs runny yolks are at higher risk in regards to food safety.

Perfect Soft Boiled Tips and Questions Answered

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

How long do soft boiled eggs last?

While hard-boiled eggs can last up to 7 days, the time that soft boiled eggs last is about two days in the refrigerator.

Reheating refrigerated soft boiled eggs involves bringing about an inch of water to a boil. Add in your egg and let it steam for around 3 minutes.

While the reheated eggs won’t be as fresh tasting, with this reheating method they will taste fine.

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.

Can you cook soft boiled eggs in microwave?

Yes, see our detailed how to above to learn how to microwave soft boiled eggs.

How can I cook a runny soft boiled egg?

A runny soft boiled egg microwaved would require less cooking time than 6 minutes. Try 4 minutes but please keep food safety in mind.

Can I soft boil quail eggs?

We are talking chicken eggs in this post, since that is the most popular egg for cooking. To soft boil quail eggs, you can follow the same directions and how to above.

What does nuking an eggs mean?

Nuking or to nuke means to microwave. When we say “nuke eggs” what we mean is to microwave eggs.

Can I eat soft-boiled eggs on Keto?

Yes! Check out our post are eggs keto and learn all about the nutritional facts and macros.

keto bread toast eggs
soft boiled eggs, butter and low carb toast

While we have a huge list of keto breakfast ideas – soft boiled eggs and toast would be delicious and a great low carb breakfast option.

Use the Sola keto bread and butter with your eggs.

Final Thoughts

We hope you enjoy and learned something from our soft 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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