There are many good reason why you may want learn how to cook eggs without oil.
Eggs, for one is a great source of protein, which our bodies certainly need. But cooking them with oil adds an additional amount of cholesterol that, for some, may cause dietary complications.
Certainly, too much cholesterol in the body can be one of the main causes for excess body weight, and cooking meals without oil is one of the weight to control one’s weight, while at the same time getting our daily source of protein.
But whatever the reason your decision may be to cook eggs without oil, this article will show how.
Let’s take a look!
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How to Cook Eggs without Oil
There are two simple ways you can prepare your eggs without oil:
Hard-boil and scramble the eggs in the microwave.
Making Hard-Boiled Eggs
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Many people are familiar with this method, and it is often one of the first things we learn how to cook. It’s also the easiest.
But for the uninitiated, here are the steps.
Wash your eggs with warm water. Although we don’t consume the shells, it’s advisable to wash them to remove the dirt. Gently place your clean eggs in a saucepan in a single layer. Cover them with water so that they are completely immersed. Water should be at least one inch over the top of the eggs.
Although it doesn’t often happen, eggs can sometimes crack when you try to boil them. When exposed to hot water, they might crack if they settle at the bottom of the saucepan.
If you see this happening often, to avoid this in the future, just prick the large end of the shell with a safety pin to allow the trapped air to escape. The air is responsible for cracking.
Cover the pan and adjust your heat. Heat it until the water boils.
Switch off the power source. Let the eggs sit in hot water covered for about twelve minutes for medium eggs, fifteen minutes for large eggs, and eighteen minutes for extra large eggs. The hot water will make the eggs cook from inside. Don’t worry, they will not be overcooked.
Use a serving spoon to remove the eggs from the hot water. Run cold water over them or put them in ice water to cool. Peel the shell and enjoy your eggs!
Making Microwaved Scrambled Eggs
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Microwave and electric ovens are great alternatives to cooking scrambled eggs since you can regulate the heat. Here are some steps to make your scrambled eggs without oil.
Break the yoke and beat the eggs in a microwave-safe bowl with a half cup of milk – the fat in the milk will act as a cooking oil alternative. If you like salt and pepper with your eggs, add just a sprinkle of each to the egg batter while you beat and mix.
Place the bowl in your microwave and cook on high for 1 minute.
When you take the bowl out of the microwave, mixing it up with a fork to get it scrambled.
Now place the eggs back into the microwave for 30 second increments, repeating the scrambling and microwaving process until it’s done to your satisfaction.
Check out this video below by Chowhound to for a video instruction
An egg yoke has 200 mg of cholesterol – making it one of the most abundant sources of dietary cholesterol. Also, it has five grams of fat. Eliminating oil would certain reduce not add anymore cholesterol or fat to your diet.
Of course, the alternate is to cook using vegetable oils. But if you’re someone that’s concerned about health complications, even vegetable oil, though generally better, is not as good as simply eliminating oil altogether.
And although it depends on the fatty acids they contain, what plants they are extracted from and how they are processed, some of these oils are still not the best health options out there.
So, if you can avoid consuming oil in large quantities, please do. Eggs are the most abundant source of proteins, and our bodies need those proteins to build and repair tissues. You cannot avoid them, but you can reduce fat intake in your diet.
As you can see, cutting back on oil does not mean you have to cut back on the things you like to cook.
However, eggs can be a very tasty and delicious meal when done well. But they are also a little sensitive, so be careful neither to overcook them, nor to undercook them.
How do you know? Well, if you scramble your eggs in a microwave, you’ll be able to tell if your egg is overcooked if it’s very dry. If it’s still too runny, it is undercooked.
As for boiling, all you need to work with is your watch. Time it using your stopwatch, and you should be fine. Also, use your discretion. If you’ve peeled your eggs and found that it is too runny, try adding another minuted next time you boil your eggs.