Eggo is a line of frozen waffles owned by the Kellogs brand. The popularity of Eggo waffles in the United States has made it the leading frozen waffle brand.
And as of January 2021, the brand had a record sale of 133 million USD.
Eggo waffles are made with flour, vegetable oil, eggs, and baking soda. They are packaged as precooked waffles and all you need to do when you get them is reheat them.
Eggo waffles, like other frozen waffles, are a quick and convenient meal choice, especially when you are short on time and need a quick breakfast or dessert fix.
However, like other frozen foods, Eggo waffles are not considered healthy. This is because of their ingredients, such as white flour and vegetable oil. They are also high in sodium and sugar.
When it comes to cooking Eggo waffles there are different ways to go about this. One of the ways to cook your Eggo waffles in the microwave.
To know more about that let’s dive in, shall we?
Is it Ok to microwave Eggo waffles?
Yes, Eggo waffles can be cooked in the microwave. It is quick and easy. However, your waffles may come out slightly soggy without crispy edges.
Having said that though, Eggo waffles still come out tasty and delicious when cooked in the microwave.
BUT if you want that crispy texture, then you should cook Eggo waffles in an air fryer or toaster (more on this later).
Cooking time in the microwave is dependent on the size of the waffle. For example, The kid’s Eggo product will not need as much time as the larger, thick, fluffy varieties.
How to cook Eggo waffles in the microwave?
Cooking Eggo waffles in the microwave is simple. Just follow these easy steps.
- Get a microwave-safe plate. Lay paper towels on the plate, this will help absorb any excess moisture.
- Get 2 Eggos (this will work for 1 serving) and place them side by side on the microwave-safe plate.
- Place Eggos in the microwave, and cook on high.
- Microwave Eggo waffles for 30 seconds for a start. When that is done, bring it out and turn it over. Microwave for another 30 seconds.
- Keep an eye on your Eggo waffles do not leave them cooking unattended.
- When Eggo waffles are done bring them out from the microwave. And remove paper towels.
Remember that the time required to cook Eggo waffles depends on the variety. So, if you find that your Eggo waffles are not ready after the 1 minute cooking time, you can put them back in for another few seconds.
When your Eggo waffles are ready, feel free to add whatever toppings you like. You can add maple syrup, cream, and peanut butter.
How do you store Eggo waffles?
When unopened, frozen waffles will last for 3-5 days in the fridge. If kept in the freezer, they will last 8-12 months.
Freshly made waffles should be stored in the fridge as soon as they have cooled. If you do not have an immediate use for them, then store them in the freezer.
Leftover Eggo waffles should be put into a plastic airtight container before storing in the refrigerator or freezer. You can also use a resealable bag, Ziploc bags are a good choice.
Also, remember to store waffles within 2 hours of making them. This will prevent the growth of harmful bacteria.
Alternative ways to cook Eggo Waffles:
While the microwave is the quick way to get your Eggo waffles heated, there are other ways to cook your Eggo waffles. Let us look at these alternatives.
How to cook Eggo waffles in the oven:
The oven will give that crispy texture to your Eggo waffles. First, preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit (232 degrees Celsius).
Next, take as many Eggo waffles as you would like to cook and lay them side by side on your baking sheet. Move them into your oven and heat waffles for 3 minutes.
When the 3 minutes is done, carefully bring out the baking sheet and turn the waffles to the other side. Move them back into the oven and cook again for an additional 3 minutes.
Heat waffles in the oven until they are crispy and golden brown. To help Eggo waffles crisp, you can sprinkle water on them before putting them in the oven.
The total cooking time in the oven is anywhere between 5-10 minutes.
How to cook Eggo waffles with a toaster:
You can cook your Eggo waffles with a toaster. Though Eggo waffles are frozen, you don’t need to defrost them before putting them in the toaster because they are also made to be cooked using a toaster.
Place each waffle in the toaster slots. Turn your toaster temperature to its lowest setting. Cooking at the lowest power setting prevents the waffles from getting burnt.
Push the lever down, and when waffles are done, they will pop up automatically. If you are not satisfied with its look, press the lever down again to cook some more.
Never use a knife or fork to bring out your waffles from a toaster. Doing so will put you in harm’s way.
How to cook Eggo waffles in the air fryer:
The air fryer is another way to cook your Eggo waffles. And you do not need to use an oil spray for this.
Place your waffles in an even flat layer of your air fryer. Do not let them overlap—next, air fry at 360 degrees Fahrenheit (180 degrees Celsius) for 3 minutes.
Turn waffles over and cook the other side for an additional 2 minutes. You can add an extra 1 minute to be sure your waffles get their toasty brown color and crispy texture.
The total cooking time for the air fryer is between 5 -6 minutes.
Can you cook Eggo waffles on a stovetop?
Yes, you can cook Eggo waffles on a stovetop. Use a pan or skillet. Using the stovetop will help to achieve brown and crispy edges.
Drizzle some olive oil on the pan or cover the waffles with butter—Fry waffles on medium-high heat.
Remember to flip over the waffles so both sides cook evenly. Fry each side for 4 – 5 minutes.
Things to remember before cooking Eggo waffles in the microwave:
As listed above, there are a number of ways to cook Eggo waffles but the microwave remains the easiest and fastest way.
Below are a few things to keep in mind before cooking Eggo waffles in the microwave:
- Lay paper towels on a microwave-safe plate. The paper towels will help to absorb any excess moisture that comes from cooking.
- Place your Eggo waffles side by side and cook on high power for 30-seconds.
- After 30 seconds, flip waffles to the other side and cook for an additional 30-seconds.
- Store leftover waffles in the fridge or freezer. Place them in an airtight plastic container or a resealable bag to keep moisture out.
- Eggo waffles should be stored within 2 hours of cooking to prevent the growth of harmful bacteria.
- While the microwave is fast and easy, it will not give you a crispy texture to your waffles; for that, use any of the other cooking alternatives.
- When waffles are cooked and done, add the toppings of your choice.
Eggo waffles are a popular breakfast choice that has been around for decades. It is great to know that there are versatile ways to cook them. It all depends on your preference and of course, time.
Speaking of time, if you find yourself short on those and you need to fix something quickly for yourself or your family, just pop your Eggo waffles into the microwave and follow the laid down steps.