Celebrity chef David Chang may be best known for his expansive restaurant empire, but he’s also a big fan of using shortcuts when he’s cooking at home.
On Tuesday, the “Ugly Delicious” host posted a video on Instagram in which he makes a slightly souped-up homemade McMuffin with salami instead of Canadian ham. But instead of frying or even poaching the egg, he sticks it right into the microwave … and it turns out really well!
“Microwave your eggs. @jimmyfallon showed me his egg trick with a silicone ring mold in a pan on @fallontonight. After my WIFI run to the liquor store (yes my Wi-Fi crashed)…I made this. Don’t be afraid of the microwave!!#culinarydarkarts #sandbagmaster,” he captioned the video.
While we’ve seen plenty of microwaved egg scrambles made in a mug, Chang’s simple trick allows home cooks to create an egg patty where the yolk is still in tact, mimicking an over-easy fried egg without the crispy edges. Once you master the technique, you can even control how hard or runny the yolk will be.
David Chang’s Microwave “Fried” Egg
- Spray a small, microwave-safe bowl with cooking spray.
- Crack an egg into the bowl. You may add a pinch of salt if, desired.
- Place the bowl into the microwave, and cook it for 1 minute 30 seconds at 30% power.
- Remove the bowl from the microwave and simply let the egg slide out of the bowl. No pans to clean!
Chang says his technique “is easier than cooking it on a stove top.” It’s also great for anyone who may be trying to make a quick breakfast in an office or a dorm room where a stove is not available.
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Still, the video does raise several questions. First of all, what is that gorgeous space-age microwave drawer seen in the video and where can we get one? Also, would timing matter based on the size of the egg? Is this something you can really do in any microwave?
Nick Korbee, a chef at the New York City-based eatery Egg Shop, helped clarify a few basic rules of egg microwaving.
“I would start with 20-second intervals for the over-easy hack Chang is doing,” Korbee told TODAY. “Be careful to avoid breaking the yolk too much, as the yolk spilling will end up over cooking the yolk straight away.”
Even if your microwave doesn’t have a ton of bells and whistles, Korbee said sticking to the interval method will allow you to keep a close watch on your egg and prevent it from overcooking. To avoid the risk of the yolk potentially exploding all over the place, Korbee also recommended poking a small hole in the outer surface of the yolk with a cake tester.
“Be careful to just poke the top and not poke all the way through the egg,” said Korbee. “Then do your interval egg training routine to achieve desired doneness, and don’t forget to breathe!”
Chang decided to share his microwave egg hack after a recent appearance on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.” During Chang’s remote interview with the TV host, he surprised Fallon by revealing that he uses the microwave pretty often.
“I cook with the microwave a lot,” Chang said. “You’d be so shocked at how much microwave cooking I do.”
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“What? This is coming from David Chang?” Fallon exclaimed.
“Yes! It’s the machine of the future, here in present day,” the chef joked.
Chang went on to explain to Fallon how, as a busy professional chef, he rarely had time to whip up fancy meals at home, so he’s perfected his microwaving skills over the years. He admitted that using the microwave saves him a lot of time for everything from defrosting meat to prepping vegetables.
And, apparently, cooking eggs.