How to Cook Over-Easy Eggs in a Microwave

by Kristie Brown

It’s easy to buy inexpensive food, and it’s also easy to buy healthy food, but it’s not always easy to combine the two needs. Eggs, however, are the perfect answer to that conundrum. Not only are eggs affordable at just 15 to 33 cents per egg -- organic or farmers market eggs tend to be a little pricier -- but one little egg is a powerhouse of protein, vitamins and nutrients. There are myriad ways to cook eggs, but if your favorite is over easy, quickly cook your egg in the microwave and then allow it to be the star of your meal.


Coat a microwave-safe dish with a thin film of oil and break the egg into the dish. With the corner of a paper towel, remove any shell that falls into the dish.

Pierce the yolk with a toothpick or the tine of a fork.

Cover the dish tightly with plastic wrap and cook your egg on half power for approximately two minutes.

Allow the egg to sit for one minute and then gently flip the egg and cook it at half power for just one minute.

Meal Ideas

Create a protein-rich breakfast by making an over-easy egg the costar to a side of bacon, toast and a fruit cup. For a vegetarian-friendly breakfast, top sauteed hash browns with an over-easy egg and top with fresh pico de gallo, salsa, or creamy dressing with Southwest seasoning. Add a touch of whimsy to a weekend breakfast and sandwich the egg between two whole-wheat waffles and cheese. For a busy school morning, you can offer the same breakfast with leftover or frozen waffles.

Cook a quick, healthy lunch by incorporating your egg. Your children will love a toad in a hole. Ask them to cut out the center of a piece of toast with a cookie cutter and position the egg in the hole. Top the egg with chopped lunch meat and cheese, and you have a protein-rich lunch. Toast also makes an appearance when you ladle creamed, chipped beef or a Welsh rarebit over toast and top with an egg. Your leftover Chinese food is also a great canvas to make a modified Egg Foo Yung.

Elevate your same-old dinner offerings to something special when you introduce an over-easy egg to your supper. Pasta and over-easy eggs are as natural a food combination as peanut butter and jelly, particularly when you top a traditional fettuccine or angel hair carbonara with an over-easy egg. Either homemade or store-bought pizza becomes something distinctive when you place over-easy eggs across the top of the pie. And the beloved Dr. Seuss knew what he was doing when he wrote his ode to colorful eggs and ham, because a ham steak topped with an egg is a delightful, fanciful dinner that can be served while everyone takes turns reading from the book.

Items you will need

  • Microwave-safe dish
  • Spatula


  • Microwave oven wattage varies, so you may need to adjust the cooking time to thoroughly cook your egg.
  • When cooking eggs in a microwave, cook them one at a time for best results.


  • If you don't pierce the egg yolk, it can explode in the microwave.


About the Author

Kristie Brown is a publisher, writer and editor. She has contributed to magazines, textbooks and online publications. Brown holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Texas at Austin.

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