15 Easy and Quick Microwave Recipes You Can Try at Home

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easy and quick microwave recipes

It’s a busy world and it’s a hustle for everybody, professionals and students alike. It can get hard to fit everything that you have to do within 24 hours. Since there are options always available, we choose to eat out at least one or two meals a day. This can impact your health in the long run, which is why it is important to make sure that you try to cook your own meals as often as you can. There are many quick recipes that you can whip up with only a microwave in your house.

Delicious Recipes You Can Easily Make in the Microwave

Microwave ovens are not just useful for heating up cold food from the fridge. There are various recipes that you can put together in order to make anything, from appetizers to main courses and even dessert! Check out our list with our favourite recipes and try them at home!

1. Mac ‘n’ Cheese

This is a classic universal favourite, and the best part – you can whip it up in no time!

Ingredients

  • Dried macaroni – 100 g
  • Water- 1 cup
  • Shredded Cheese – ½ cup
  • Milk- ½ cup
  • Salt – to taste

How to Make in Microwave

  • Boil the pasta and in boiling, salted water for two minutes in the microwave and stir in intervals until the pasta becomes soft.
  • Make sure it is cooked.
  • Pour the milk and cheese and microwave for 30 seconds, stir and repeat until it has formed a creamy sauce.
  • To make it creamier, add a little more milk and cheese.
  • You can also add in diced vegetables, cooked meat or even just chilli powder for a change.

mac n cheese

2. Microwaved Poached Eggs

Poached egg is a great topping on sandwiches, toast and many other quick breakfast items.

Ingredients

  • 1 egg
  • Water – ½ cup
  • Vinegar – ½ teaspoon (optional)

How to Make in Microwave

  • Pour the water along with the vinegar in the mug. Vinegar is optional, but it just helps the egg coalesce better.
  • Crack the egg open into the mug filled with water and vinegar.
  • Cover it with a microwavable lid and cook from 50-60% power for about a minute.
  • Remove the lid and check if the egg is cooked; if not, keep it for 20-second intervals until it looks cooked.
  • Remove the lid and enjoy! If you don’t like your eggs mildly runny, microwave at higher power for 60 seconds, this will help hard-boil the egg more.

3. Peanut Noodles

This meal can be made in no time with stuff that you can find at your local grocery store.

Ingredients

  • Instant noodles – 200 g
  • Peanuts – 25g
  • Vinegar – ½ teaspoon
  • Sugar – 1 teaspoon
  • Broccoli & Frozen peas – a handful (optional)

How to Make in Microwave

  • Cook the instant noodles in the microwave according to the instructions on the packet.
  • In a separate bowl, mix peanuts along with some vinegar and sugar.
  • Add the noodles with the veggies and stir well so that the sauce completely coats the noodles. Microwave this again for 1 minute.
  • You can add salt/pepper to taste and top it off with garden herbs.

peanut noodles

4. Spanish Rice

Ingredients

  • Instant microwavable rice – 1 bag (250 g)
  • Diced tomatoes – 1 can
  • Olives – 2 tablespoons
  • Almonds – 30g
  • Salt – to taste
  • Pepper – to taste
  • Chilli powder – to taste
  • Herbs of your choice (parsley, etc)

How to Make in Microwave

  • Pour some package ready rice into a large bowl together with a can of diced tomatoes, a handful of olives, almonds, salt, pepper, chilli powder and herbs of choice.
  • Stir all of this in a bowl and microwave the contents until you see the tomato sauce boiling.
  • Remove and serve hot!

5. Oatmeal Cookie Dough Mug

Microwave recipes for cookies are always fun and easy.

Ingredients

  • Coconut flour – 10 g
  • Oats – 10 g
  • Baking powder – ¼ teaspoon
  • Coconut palm sugar – 1 tablespoon
  • Milk – 1 cup
  • Egg whites – 2 eggs
  • Chocolate chips

How to Make in Microwave

  • Mix the coconut flour, baking powder and oats in a bowl.
  • Add sugar and milk and keep stirring and eventually add the egg white.
  • Keep stirring and mixing so that it is mixed and combined well.
  • Put in some chocolate chips and top the mug off with some more.
  • Microwave for about 90 seconds and check to see consistency.
  • Continue to microwave at 30-second intervals if it does not seem done.

oatmeal cookie dough mug

6. Sweet Potato and Oats

This recipe is as delicious as it is unique and can be made just as quickly.

Ingredients

  • Sweet potato – 1
  • Oats – ½ cup
  • Milk – 1 cup
  • Cinnamon – ¼ teaspoon
  • Banana – 1

How to Make in Microwave

  • Cut and shred the sweet potato to the size of the oats.
  • Combine the two with banana milk and cinnamon.
  • Microwave the mixture for about 3 minutes until the contents of the cup are completely cooked.
  • You can top it off with almonds or walnuts to add a little crunch and texture to your breakfast.

7. Microwave Omelette

This is the simplest way to make an omelette.

Ingredients

  • Eggs – 2
  • Bell pepper – ½
  • Oil – 1 teaspoon
  • Cheese – 15g
  • Salt – to taste
  • Pepper – to taste

How to Make in Microwave

  • In a mug, drizzle some oil, crack open the eggs with the milk and beat it with a fork.
  • Add the red pepper, cheese, salt and pepper and stir well.
  • Microwave for ½ minutes, pull it out, stir again and keep it back inside and repeat the process until the egg is cooked.
  • Top it off with herbs, and you are good to go!

omelette

8. 2-minute Microwavable Pizza

What if you could have pizza right from your microwave? Here’s how.

Ingredients

  • Pepperoni slices/sausage/boneless chicken pieces – 30g
  • Flour – ¼ cup
  • Baking soda – ¼ tablespoon
  • Salt – to taste
  • Milk – ¼ cup
  • Oil – 1 teaspoon
  • pizza sauce – ½ cup
  • Shredded cheese – 1/3 cup

How to Make in Microwave

  • Slice up the meat into small pieces.
  • Add ¼ cup of flour, ¼ tbsp. of baking soda and some salt.
  • Mix together and add milk and oil and mix again until it becomes slightly thick.
  • Add the marinara sauce over the batter and the shredded cheese along with the meat.
  • Microwave for 1-2 minutes and check if the entire mixture is cooked. Enjoy a quick homemade pizza!

9. Stuffed Tomatoes

This delicious snack recipe is very easy to prep and make.

Ingredients

  • Tomatoes – 3
  • Garlic cloves – 2
  • Finely chopped onion – 1
  • Turmeric – ½ teaspoon
  • Pepper – to taste
  • Green chilli – ½ diced
  • Mashed cottage cheese – 50g
  • Butter – 10g
  • Salt – to taste

How to Make in Microwave

  • Wash the tomatoes, cut the top and scoop out all of its insides.
  • In a bowl, mix all of the other ingredients.
  • Microwave the ingredients for about 2 minutes.
  • Stuff the tomatoes with the microwaved ingredients and put them back in the microwave after rubbing some oil and keep for about 4-5 minutes.
  • Let it stand for another 5 minutes. Remove and garnish with cilantro. Stuffed tomatoes are ready to eat!

stuffed tomato

10. Chocolate Cake

There are numerous microwave recipes for cakes, but we have an easy one right here.

Ingredients

  • Softened butter – 3 tablespoons
  • All purpose flour – ½ cup
  • Sugar – 2 tablespoons
  • Cocoa powder – 1 tablespoon
  • Baking powder – ¼ teaspoon
  • Egg -1
  • Vanilla extract – ½ teaspoon
  • Milk – ½ cup
  • Salt – a pinch

How to Make in Microwave

  • In a bowl, add sugar, egg, vanilla extract and milk and stir.
  • Add the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt.
  • Blend until it is a smooth mixture and transfer to another bowl that has been greased.
  • Cook in the microwave for three minutes or until the cake is a bit bouncy.
  • Let it cool for a while, cover the cake, turn it upside down so that the cake falls out.
  • Serve hot with ice cream.

11. Carrot Halwa

Here is a microwave recipe for an Indian snack which is very simple.

Ingredients

  • Grated carrots – 2 cups
  • Evaporated milk – 100 g
  • Cardamom powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Ghee – 2 tablespoons
  • Sugar – 4 tablespoons

How to Make in Microwave

  • Mix the ghee and grated carrot and microwave for about 2 minutes.
  • Add the evaporated milk and microwave for about 10 minutes while stirring every couple of minutes.
  • Cook until the milk is completely blended into the mixture.
  • Add sugar and cardamom powder and mix again.
  • Top it off with your favourite nuts for that extra crunch!

gajar halwa

12. Garlic Broccoli Microwaved

This simple microwave snack recipe is best served with chapati or even on its own.

Ingredients

  • Broccoli – handful of florets
  • Olive oil – ½ tablespoon
  • Garlic – 4-5 pods
  • Paprika or red chilli powder – ½ teaspoon
  • Salt – to taste

How to Make in Microwave

  • Cut the broccoli into small florets and in a bowl, add the minced garlic, olive oil, paprika and salt.
  • Microwave until the broccoli starts turning dark green in colour. Serve hot and enjoy a quick, simple and healthy dish!

13. Mug Pumpkin Pie

This quick pumpkin pie will not disappoint you.

Ingredients

  • Pumpkin puree – ½ cup
  • Egg -1
  • Milk – 1 tablespoon
  • Sugar – 1 tablespoon
  • Cinnamon  – ½ teaspoon
  • Biscuits – 1 or 2 crushed
  • Unsalted butter – 1.5 tablespoons

How to Make in Microwave

  • Melt the butter in a mug on low and sprinkle the biscuit at the bottom of the mug.
  • Mix pumpkin puree, milk, egg, sugar and cinnamon in another bowl.
  • Pour this mixture into the mug. Microwave for about 4-5 minutes.
  • Check with a pointed object(preferably a knife) to make sure it is cooked inside.
  • If it is not, continue microwaving and check every 30-45 seconds.
  • Remove once cooked and let it cool before topping it off with whipped cream and nuts.

pumpkin pie

14. Rice Pudding

Everybody has leftover rice at some point in their kitchens, and instead of cooking something to go with it, you can make pudding out of it!

Ingredients

  • Egg – 1
  • Sugar
  • Milk – ¾ cup
  • Vanilla extract – ½ teaspoon
  • Cinnamon – ½ teaspoon
  • Salt – to taste
  • Cooked rice – leftovers (about 100 g)

How to Make in Microwave

  • Whisk together the sugar and egg till it becomes slightly fluffy.
  • Add the milk, vanilla extract, and cinnamon and continue whisking.
  • Add the rice and stir well.
  • Put the mixture into a mug and into the microwave at full for about 5 minutes until the pudding has set.
  • Remove for a couple of minutes before topping it off with raisins.

15. Nutty Fudge

nutty fudge

What better than top off your meal with a quick dessert?

Ingredients

  • Condensed milk – 1 can
  • Butter – 1 stick
  • Granulated sugar
  • Pecan nuts or walnuts – ½ bowl

How to Make in Microwave

  • Mix together the milk, butter and sugar.
  • Microwave until it melts and use a spatula to mix it up until well combined.
  • Microwave again for about 8-10 minutes with 2-minute intervals to stir the mixture.
  • Leave it to cool for a couple of minutes.
  • Add the nuts and pour into a baking tray.
  • Cool the tray, cut small pieces and serve.

Microwave Tips and Hacks for Daily Use

The technology was built to make human lives easier and better. We should be out here making the most of all the technology available around us. Microwaves changed the game because of how quickly you could not only heat but also cook food in them. No longer do you have to pull out pans and light the stove and wait for it to heat up before heating your own food. Here are some quick microwave tips that might help you in your day-to-day lives.

  • Peeling garlic is easier because the moisture gets absorbed when you microwave for no more than 15 seconds.
  • Spread your food evenly around the plate so as to avoid heating only the top surface and not the insides.
  • Trim the onion ends and heat them for about 20 seconds and you will not have to cry anymore!
  • Wrapping in a paper towel and microwaving herbs like cilantro, curry leaves etc., in the microwave draws the moisture out of them and they can be stored for longer in the fridge. It is often the moisture that leads to their decay.
  • Reheat soggy potato chips, and they will magically become crunchy again!
  • Don’t fret if you forget to soak your beans at night. You can add them to a bowl of water, add a pinch of baking soda and microwave them for 10 minutes. Let the bowl cool for about 30 minutes, and they will be cooked!
  • If the honey in your jar has crystallized, it is easy to pop it in the microwave and heat it for a minute or so. It will be back to its shiny colour in no time.
  • Reheating cold leftovers from the fridge has never been so easy. Pop your food into the microwave for a couple of minutes, and you can have that slice of pizza as hot as it was when it arrived.

While it can be hard to find time to make entire meals these days, it is important that we try and eat home cooked meals in order to remain healthy. Be it an appetizer, main course or dessert dish, it is still a healthier and cheaper alternative than eating out or getting food home delivered. These recipes mentioned above barely take any time to whip up, and most of the ingredients mentioned can be found in your local supermarket. Microwaves are today’s unsung heroes. Make use of the microwave today and start cooking meals that your body deserves.

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