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!

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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. It takes only a couple minutes to make, and clean-up is easy.
  2. While so many microwave mug recipes result in a poor substitute for something properly cooked, a microwave omelette is surprisingly tender and delicious.
  3. 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, 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.

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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? With a mug, some cooking spray, a carton of eggs, some pre-chopped mix-ins, you’re set for the week.

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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.

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Omelette in a Mug Recipe

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

Ingredients

  • Cooking spray or olive oil
  • 2 large 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:

Method

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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  1. zanele

    this was way easier than using the stove…loved it thank you1

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  2. [email protected]

    We made this for the first time this morning. Made two mugs and followed the recipe. Found that if you make two, you need to increase the time by about 2 minutes. Also, found that it keeps cooking even after removal from the microwave so may want keep that in mind. Overall, was excellent.

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  3. Dick Plumley

    You can also oil, pour in some water, add an egg or two and have poached eggs. Some say to prick the yolks in this method. I always forget and I have had no problems.

  4. Bec

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

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  5. 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.

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