Omelette in a Mug

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Need an easy omelette recipe? Try a microwave omelette! Learn how to cook eggs in the microwave, and you'll have an easy and delicious meal solution for busy days!

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer and Guy Michelier

Cooking Eggs in the Microwave

Friends, I have a new favorite way to cook eggs—in a mug, in a microwave.

No kidding. For realz! Why???

  1. Well first, it takes only a couple minutes to make, and clean-up is easy.
  2. Second, while so many microwave mug recipes result in a poor substitute for something properly cooked, a microwave omelette is surprisingly tender and delicious.
  3. Third, if you’re trying to eat light, learning how to cook eggs in the microwave cuts down substantially on added fat. It just uses a quick spray of cooking oil (or a wipe of olive oil) on the inside of the mug. (For those of you who count calories, I counted 200 in this recipe, your analysis may vary.)

Microwave cooking works by agitating water molecules, meaning that it turns moisture into steam. So the microwave omelette gets cooked evenly and gently, which is exactly what you want when you are making an omelette.

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An Easy Omelette Recipe

This easy omelette recipe is perfect for those times when the day gets away from you and it’s 2 in the afternoon and you haven’t even had breakfast yet (my life more often than I care to admit).

Want to make use of the office kitchen that comes equipped with a microwave? This easy omelette recipe is a cinch. Bring some cooking spray, a carton of eggs, some pre-chopped mix-ins, and you’re set for the week.

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How to Cook Eggs in the Microwave

For obvious reasons, learning how to cook eggs in the microwave is a helpful skill. A microwave omelette is easy, but here are some tips to avoid a messy egg-splosion in the microwave:

  • Use a large mug (12 to 16 ounces) because the egg expands like a soufflé, and if the mug isn’t large enough, the rising tower of egg omelette may spill over and cause a mess.
  • Use a microwave-safe mug! (For obvious reasons)
  • Add a tablespoon of milk or water, this will help keep cook the eggs more evenly from the inside, and help keep the eggs from expanding too quickly. (I experimented with making a simple egg omelette in a small mug without adding liquid and it exploded egg guts all over the inside of my microwave, so use a large mug, and add liquid.)

How Long to Cook a Microwave Omelette

A big component to how to cook eggs in the microwave is perfecting how long to cook them. Play around with the times so they work for your microwave. My microwave is 1000 watts, and when I include all of the add-ins in this microwave omelette recipe (cheese, bell pepper, etc.) the timing that works best for me is 30 seconds, stir, 30 seconds, stir, 20 seconds, done. With no add-ins, the timing that works for me is 30-20-20.

Omelette in a Mug Recipe

  • Prep time: 2 minutes
  • Cook time: 2 minutes
  • Yield: 1 serving


  • Cooking spray or olive oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp milk
  • 1 Tbsp grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 Tbsp finely chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped chives or green onion greens
  • Pinch salt
  • Pinch of black pepper

Special equipment:


1 Spray the inside of a large, microwave-safe mug lightly with cooking oil spray, or coat the inside of the mug with olive oil.

2 Crack 2 eggs into the mug, add 1 tablespoon of milk, and beat with a fork.

3 Add grated cheese and other extras such as chopped red bell pepper or chives. Add a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Stir with a fork until well mixed.

4 Microwave and stir in 20 to 30 second increments: Microwave for 30 second on high. Remove from microwave and stir with a fork.

Return to the microwave and cook for another 20 to 30 seconds. (Whether it's 20 or 30 depends on the power of your microwave, you may need to experiment to see what times work best for your situtation.)

You'll see patches of firm cooked egg mixture beginning to form. Remove and stir again.

Return to the microwave and cook for another 20 to 30 seconds or until the omelette has set.

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Elise Bauer

Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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  • Bec

    omg this made such fluffy eggs and is so much easier than using the stove


  • Crow T Cookbot

    I have been doing a similar thing for my omelettes for years, and enjoy the easy clean up.

    I also cook my eggs for breakfast burritos in the same way, but only use various cheeses as a filler when I do that.

  • Walter Underwood

    Made it again this morning and used some fresh salsa for the add-ins. Very tasty and super easy.

  • Denise

    I’d never tried making an egg this way. Wow! It’s my new favorite. I threw in some half & half, red pepper, asparagus, shallots and cheese. Yum. New go-to meal in a pinch.

  • Deborah

    This is one of my favorite breakfasts! In addition to the shredded cheese, I add a spoonful of cottage cheese and omit the milk or water. I also add half a slice of bread (torn into pieces) which gives it a quiche-like effect. Yum!

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