Omelette in a Mug

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, perfect for busy days.

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


  • 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

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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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  • C janean

    Haven’t tried it yet but I will , looks like a great idea for someone who is always on the go and getting out the door with school kids , I can’t wait till morning to try this out

  • zanele

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


  • [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.


  • 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.

  • 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!

    • Elise Bauer

      Oh, I love the idea to add cottage cheese, thank you Deborah!

  • Oak

    This is brilliant! I always dread washing that omelet pan and spatula. Cant wait to try it this AM

  • Gilvam Carvalho

    I use a ziplock plastic container… those square ones. The same process but I change the microwave power to 50% and extend the time, so I don’t have to keep on opening every 30 seconds.

  • Sarah

    Wax paper works great as a cover vs plastic wrap. Lets it steam while preventing splaters if it explodes. Which can happen once in awhile. I tend to scramble eggs this way without milk or water – so it can pop a bit.

  • Al

    Tried the recipe…ended up having to add another 15 seconds. Turned out nicely. However, doing it in a mini tagine (stone wave microwave cooker) that some friend gave me, turned out about the same, without the stirring, added milk/water or oil coating. Just put it in the microwave (on 600 watts) for a minute and forty seconds and it was done.

  • Paul

    This looks good. I’ve been making bread pudding in a mug and calling it French toast in a mug and having it for breakfast.

  • gerry piscola

    Sounds good to me

  • Callen

    I’ve cooked personal omelets this way for years. I also like to microwave an omelet in a saucer then slip the omelet onto toasted bread with mayo for and egg sandwich. (You will want to cover the saucer with plastic wrap to avoid spatters.)

    • Sandy S

      Thanks for this idea Callen! I like egg sandwiches and will try it tomorrow. Have to admit I really like the texture of the omelette in a mug. Makes me want to experiment with soufflé like desserts in a mug!

  • pam

    thanks! my type of cooking. XD

  • Sandy S

    All in on this! Love everything about it!

    • Sandy S

      Okay so it’s been a month since I started ‘doing eggs in a mug’ and I am totally hooked! Not only do they turn out better than fried – light and fluffy, but it’s so easy and the variety of ways to change them up is endless. One thing I have always had a problem with is portion size. If I get out the stove-top paraphernalia – I want to make it worth while and next thing you know, I’ve fixed a 2000 calorie brunch! BUT, surprisingly enough I can actually make 1 egg in a mug with one slice of toast and be on my way, happy and satisfied. Now this is quite a bonus for me!
      BTW – I like using a large tea cup rather than a mug because it’s easier to clean and a spatula to turn the omelet as needed. In my slow microwave 1 egg takes 30 seconds twice and a quick 20 seconds to finish. And I do like making an egg in a saucer for egg sandwiches as was suggested in another post! All and all one happy camper here!

  • donutty

    Oh, this reminds me of an egg side dish my mom would make. It’s making my mouth water. It’s just a Korean version of the recipe above.
    Here’s Maangchi’s version of it:

  • Brian

    Do you cover the mug with plastic while cooking in microwave, or leave uncovered. Concerned about splattering. Thx

    • Elise Bauer

      No, I do not cover it. Doesn’t splatter, at least not in the large mug I’m using and in my microwave.