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???
- It takes only a couple minutes to make, and clean-up is easy.
- While so many microwave mug recipes result in a poor substitute for something properly cooked, a microwave omelette is surprisingly tender and delicious.
- If you're trying to eat light, this way of cooking eggs 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, but 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.
An Easy Omelette Recipe
A microwave mug omelette 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? Bring some cooking spray, a carton of eggs, some pre-chopped mix-ins, and you’re set for the week.
- Looking for a stove-top omelette recipe? Try this one
How to Cook Eggs in the Microwave
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
To master cooking eggs in the microwave you'll need to perfect 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.
Try These Other Easy Egg Breakfasts
- Scrambled Eggs with Kale and Mozzarella
- Pressure Cooker Egg Bites
- Easy Poached Eggs
- Huevos a la Mexicana
- How to Make an Omelette
Omelette in a Mug
- Cooking spray or extra virgin olive oil
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tablespoon milk
- 1 tablespoon grated cheddar cheese
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped red bell pepper
- 1 teaspoon finely chopped chives or green onion greens
- Pinch salt
- Pinch of black pepper
Spray the inside of a large, microwave-safe mug lightly with cooking oil spray:
or coat the inside of the mug with olive oil.
Crack 2 eggs into the mug, add 1 tablespoon of milk, and beat with a fork.
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.
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.