Eggs In Your Halogen Oven
One 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
This quick recipe is for plain scrambled eggs, but you can adjust to suit your own personal taste.
- 3 eggs
- 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.
- Whilst the butter is melting, crack three eggs into a bowl, add a little milk and season with salt and pepper to taste.
- 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).
- 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
- Choose a suitable dish and give it a spray with cooking oil.
- Crack your egg into the dish and put it in your halogen oven.
- 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
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.
- Rinse eggs in clean water.
- Place directly onto the lower wire rack.
- Set temperature to 390 F / 200 C and cook for 8 minutes (soft boiled) to 10 minutes (hard boiled).
- 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:
Are Eggs Healthy?
For a while, eggs got a bit of a bad press. They went from being the “breakfast of champions” to being a major health concern, mainly due to cholesterol. For a while, we were even advised to eat no more than three eggs a week.
Needless to say, like so many of these things, that has since been proven to be a bit of an overreaction. Eggs are good for you – and they are back on the menu!
In fact, eggs contain a whole host of nutrients and amino acids that your body cannot produce by other means and which you must therefore obtain by your diet. Protein in eggs can help to build and preserve muscle and eggs boost satiety. That’s just another way of saying that you’ll feel full after eating an egg based dish. If you feel full after eating, you won’t be tempted to snack and nibble between meals, so eggs can actually help with weight control.
Eggs contain fat of course, both saturated and unsaturated. Fortunately, most of the fat in eggs is of the unsaturated variety, which is actually good for you. It’s heart healthy, helps to keep cell membranes healthy, helps to absorb fat-soluble vitamins and protects your internal organs.
In fact, as far as cholesterol goes, which is a worry for many people these days, whilst it’s true that eggs do contain dietary cholesterol, the fact that they are low in saturated fats is much more important. It’s saturated fat which has a much higher impact on your blood cholesterol level.
What can impact upon your health is the way in which you choose to prepare your eggs. If you poach eggs, then they are very healthy, but obviously if you fry them up in oil, then they amount of saturated fat that you ingest will be considerably higher.
Fortunately, if you use your halogen oven to prepare your egg dishes, you’ll be able to enjoy eggs with absolutely minimal fat content. So, even if you need to be careful and eat healthy meals, you can still enjoy healthy food, prepared in a healthy manner.