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Cooking Eggs In A Halogen Oven

Eggs In Your Halogen Oven

eggs by michel rouxOne of the (many) things that I love about halogen ovens is how amazingly versatile they are. You can cook just about anything in them – quickly and easily.

One of the things that it took me a while to get around to was cooking eggs. I was just too busy experimenting with other things. However, these days I quite often “boil” eggs in the halogen oven, and various versions of scrambled eggs are another frequent treat.

I have done “sunny side up” eggs in the halogen oven, but I find it just as easy to do these in a frying pan – so that’s what I do more often than not.

Here’s a quick look at three very popular egg dishes that you can prepare in your halogen oven.

Scrambled Eggs In Your Halogen Oven

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Scrambled eggs is a quick and simple dish to prepare in your halogen oven. You can add various items, such as diced onions, bacon, smoked salmon etc. – whatever you like really.

This quick recipe is for plain scrambled eggs, but you can adjust to suit your own personal taste.

Ingredients:

  • 3 eggs
  • Milk
  • Butter
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Instructions:

  1. Pop a cube of butter into a suitable dish and place it into your halogen oven on a high heat for about 30 seconds or so.
  2. Whilst the butter is melting, crack three eggs into a bowl, add a little milk and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Whisk vigorously and then combine with the melted butter in a suitable dish. A flat shallow dish will allow the mixture to circulate easily under the influence of the fan (until it starts to solidify at least).
  4. Place the dish with the egg mixture into the halogen oven at 390 F / 200 C and cook for approximately 8 minutes. Chop/stir the mixture after 4 minutes, 6 minutes and at the end.

It’s actually a very short step from scrambled eggs in the halogen oven to frittatas and omelettes, but that’s worth another post.

This short video shows the basic technique (second half of the video). You can experiment with different dish depths if you like and this will give you a slightly different texture.

Eggs Sunny Side Up In Your Halogen Oven

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The video above also shows how to cook your eggs “sunny side up” using your halogen oven. It’s easy to do.

  1. Choose a suitable dish and give it a spray with cooking oil.
  2. Crack your egg into the dish and put it in your halogen oven.
  3. Set the temperature to high – 390 F / 200 C – and cook for 5 – 6 minutes, depending upon how you like your yolks.

To be honest, although I have done this, it’s not something that I do very often. It’s one of the few dishes that I find just as easy to do the traditional way; using a frying pan.

However, it is handy if you have a lot of people to feed and a fair number of eggs to fry. It will free up your frying pan for sausages and bacon if nothing else!

Boil An Egg In Your Halogen Oven

I must admit, I didn’t initially see much advantage in cooking soft or hard boiled eggs in the halogen oven. However, there’s no need to use a pan to boil water – and no waiting time for the water to reach the boil – so it’s a definite time saver.

One thing that’s worth pointing out, most of us will usually just grab eggs out the carton and drop them into boiling water. As well as cooking the egg, that obviously cleans and sterilizes the outer egg shell. Since you won’t be doing that in your halogen oven, washing the eggs is a good idea.

  1. Rinse eggs in clean water.
  2. Place directly onto the lower wire rack.
  3. Set temperature to 390 F / 200 C and cook for 8 minutes (soft boiled) to 10 minutes (hard boiled).
  4. Rotate the eggs half way through cooking.

You may need to adjust the cooking time slightly if you are using especially small or especially large eggs.

Don’t worry if you get a little brown spot or two on the shell (it may also transfer onto the white of the egg). It’s just a small hotspot – which will probably be avoided if you rotate the eggs.

It won’t affect the taste or do you any harm – but if it bothers you, just give the eggs an extra rotation during cooking.

Here’s a brief video summary of your various halogen oven eggy options:

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