60-Second Scrambled Eggs

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The alarm goes off at 5:51 a.m. It takes a moment to register that the annoying voices are coming from the radio and not our dreams. I poke my husband to hit the button.

The alarm goes off at 6:09 a.m. I push or kick my husband to get up. He takes his time getting out of the bed, which annoys me.

The alarm on my iPhone starts quacking at 6:15 a.m. It’s the backup alarm, in case the radio alarm gets turned off in our sleep or the power goes out. I turn it off and snuggle back into the comforter, perhaps cuddling with my son if he has snuck into the bed in the middle of the night again. Which he probably has.

Scrambled Eggs - Eggs

At somewhere between 6:30 and 6:40 the husband rolls out of the bathroom and I jump in. Do the necessary work. Hopefully by 7:00 I’m out of there and getting my lunch packed, syncing my newest podcasts, making my tea, and taking my allergy meds. Invariably I’m battling some level of tantrum. We’re out the door by 7:20 at the latest.

Breakfast? That only comes after we’ve dropped the kiddo at daycare, dropped the husband at the park-and-ride, and taken myself to work. I’m either doomed with cold granola or what passes for toast in less-crisp communities. If I’ve planned ahead I might have a reheated muffin from the freezer stash. Or I’ll have fresh scrambled eggs.

Scrambled eggs - scramble

It’s a little strange to hear someone say they can produce scrambled eggs at work, where we’re admonished to unplug the toaster after use and one of the microwaves in service is older than I am. But it’s there, it’s true – you can make scrambled eggs in about 60 seconds, and they’re delicious.


Scrambled Eggs - Quick and easy scrambled eggs in the microwave.

I first learned how to do them when I was a child and the microwave was the only form of cooking I was allowed. Back then we used Styrofoam cups, before we knew they would kill us. Now I use ceramic mugs, but I’m sure if we wait long enough porcelain will be deemed deadly as well. Anyway, all you need to know is this: milk, egg, stir, blast for 60 seconds. Done. You might have to tweak the amount of milk and cooking time depending on how you want the eggs to end up, but hello? These take a minute to make. It’s not like you’ll be wasting the day.

Scrambled eggs in 60 seconds

You don’t even need to worry about greasing the cup, because when the egg puffs up it will pull away from the sides. You can dump it out onto a plate, but why bother getting something else dirty?

Scrambled eggs in 60 seconds, thanks to the microwave
Microwave Scrambled Eggs

60-Second Scrambled Eggs

Scrambled eggs made in the microwave
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Prep Time 2 mins
Cook Time 1 min
Total Time 3 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 1 serving
Calories 79 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • Add-ins as desired
  • Mug
  • Fork

Instructions

  • Crack the egg into the mug and whisk together with the milk. Stir in your customizations. Microwave for 45 to 60 seconds, depending on the power of your machine. Wash your fork. Eat.

Nutrition

Calories: 79 kcalCarbohydrates: 1 gProtein: 7 gFat: 5 gSaturated Fat: 2 gCholesterol: 187 mgSodium: 79 mg
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Ideas for add-ins:

  • Cheese
  • Salsa
  • Diced ham
  • Avocado
  • Mushrooms

What are your quick breakfast solutions?

17 Comments

  1. I LOVE this idea. Sometimes I am just too lazy to scramble eggs. Mainly because of the dirty dishes part. I just made them and it turned out great. I did 3 eggs with a little almond milk, pat of butter for 2 minutes. 🙂

  2. This is an awesome idea! I love my yogurt and granola at work, but I think this would be a nice change! I have an idea for a topping – ketchup! I’m sadly addicted to ketchup and eggs.

  3. I used to do this (with a slice of cheese) when i worked on a construction site! I’d leave a dozen eggs and a pack of cheese in the fridge so that I never had to worry about forgetting my breakfast at home! I think it made all of the granola bar eaters jealous…

  4. Yeah, my kids like to do this! (But then they usually don’t rinse the cups, so I’m left with egg cement in there.) I also read the other day that you can poach an egg in the micro: lightly butter or grease a porcelain cup/ramekin, drop your egg in, cover with a plate–and give it 30 secs or so, depending on how you want the yolk.

    Great post!

  5. I learned this trick several years ago from a coworker at my first job office job. My favorite way to eat them is on top of toast with a slice of tomato and cheddar cheese. We are fortunate enough to have toaster oven in our break room so I can even melt the cheese.

    Mine don’t look as beautiful as yours, though!

  6. Megan – What a terrific idea! I love eggs, but don’t always want to dirty a pan or have the time to cook on the stove. Thanks for the great shortcut.

  7. Y’know, it’s funny that you post this, because when Heston Blumenthall remade the roadside cafe The Little Chef, one of his big things to change was the fact that they made their scrambled eggs in the microwave, much the same way that you do. The nation was horrified, Heston was horrified, he tried to sous-vide them instead, there was a massive uproar, things should be cooked not nuked, and eventually they found a solution. I think it possibly also involved powdered eggs, but that’s a different story.

    But it’s just so darn easy and when you don’t have time to cook it leisurely on the hob, the microwave is my go-to solution, too. I used to love eating veggie bacon – all the crunch and deliciousness of bacon without the fat, and it took only a minute or so under the grill. Simple is sometimes best!

    Jax x

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  9. My daughter loves scrambled eggs but not so much the cleaning up on busy school days. I’m going to send her this post so she can try this as an option. I may also stash a few eggs in my office fridge for those mornings when I can’t quite get my act together. This is perfect race training food!

  10. Just saw this on Twitter at the exact moment I was wondering what I could have for lunch without too much fuss! I added in just a bit of cheddar and microwaved it for 1 minute 10 seconds (I must have a lower powered microwave than you do). Perfect!

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