The Curious Case of the Exploding Egg Yolk

by spiceaholic on February 28, 2010

Does this sound like someone was cooking eggs in the microwave?  Why yes, yes I was.

Let me explain.

Yesterday I used up most of my pans to make some food to take to a friend who just had a baby, as well as to make some food for Mr. Spice and me.  And after all that cooking, I didn’t want to wash out the pans, so they’re soaking in water.

The problem is that I wanted eggs for breakfast this morning.  I like having “fried” eggs, meaning I use cooking spray instead of oil.  I still didn’t want to wash out the pans and decided I’d leave them for Mr. Spice to do today.  I’m evil like that.

Luckily I had been browsing some message boards and saw a post where someone mentioned “micro fried” eggs.  Turns out they put an egg in the bottom of a plastic Gladware bowl, loosely cover it, and nuke for at least a minute or until the egg is done enough.  This appealed to the laziness in me so I gave it a try.

Instead of using a plastic Gladware bowl, I sprayed a large plate with cooking spray, lovingly deposited 2 eggs on top and then covered with our handy microwave cover. (I swear, that thing has saved me from cleaning up splatter messes in our microwave.  Best $2.00 I spent.)

I cooked mine for a minute, checked and saw the eggs still weren’t done, and then cooked them for another 30-45 seconds.  Now the eggs and yolk were firm, just how I liked them.  The whites were just missing that brown crispiness I get from cooking in the pan, but whatever.

They don’t look too bad, right? Almost like a cross between poached and fried eggs.

And then I decided to cut into the yolk to take my first bite.

With a loud pop, I saw yellow fragments hurtling towards my face. I got yolk on my glasses, hair, and front of my shirt. It wasn’t too much and I had to laugh at myself.  At least the yolk was cooked and not runny, that would have hurt.

So lesson learned — poke the damn yolks before I microwave them.  And wear glasses every time I make these, so I don’t get yolk in my eye!

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Ama February 28, 2010 at 12:45 pm

But did they taste good? That’s all that matters, right? RIGHT??

Biz February 28, 2010 at 1:02 pm

Oh no! That is one thing I’ve never microwaved – an egg! Good thing you had glasses on!

spiceaholic February 28, 2010 at 3:15 pm

Of course, Ama! They tasted great! Thank you again for the suggestion. 😀

Biz — I’ve never microwaved a whole egg, just beaten ones for quickie omelets. Lesson learned!

Christina (Dinner at Christina's) February 28, 2010 at 7:08 pm

hahaha how funny! Love that you “captured” it on film!

Ameena March 1, 2010 at 5:13 pm

I have never microwaved an egg and I now I definitely won’t! Lucky you had your glasses on!!

Good thing I don’t live in Atlanta because I think I would move right in to the Atlanta cupcake factory. Everything looks delicious!!

spiceaholic March 2, 2010 at 7:14 am

Christina — how could I not? I only wish someone had been taping to capture the look of “WTF???” as the yolk exploded!

Ameena — just make sure you poke the yolk and you should be fine! I just saw that Atlanta is getting a Sprinkles. God help me . . .

Cy July 31, 2017 at 12:14 am

This happened to me earlier today, so this is why I’m commenting on a dead post.

I was *not* wearing my glasses. I failed to get my egg yolks cooked thoroughly after hard boiling. I didn’t want to go through the mess of having to reboil water and all. I thought I could simply microwave the yolks alone.

As I was making deviled eggs, I just threw the yolks into a dish and zapped it. Simple enough, right? Wrong. The second I put the yolks into the mayonnaise/mustard mixture I had prepared in my newly found free time, I was created with a loud boom. My hair, eyes, face, EVERYTHING was covered in egg yolk, mustard, and mayonnaise.

Big mistake.

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