31 Microwave Recipes That Are Borderline Genius

Well, this changes everything.

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1. Microwave Risotto

So much easier than standing over a stove, “stirring constantly.” Check out THREE awesome recipes here.

2. Microwave Chocolate Chip Cookie

Not only is this the fastest way to feed a homemade cookie craving, it’s also the only way to make homemade cookies without running the risk of eating a dozen in one sitting. Recipe here.

3. Bacon in the Microwave

No more scrubbing bacon grease off of your favorite skillet. Instructions here.

4. Gluten-Free Microwave Enchiladas

You can also make these gluten-filled by using regular tortillas, if you’d prefer. Either way, the whole thing will take 10 minutes. Recipe here.

5. Chocolate Peanut Butter Mug Cake

The thing about mug cakes is that it’s really hard to share. Oops. Recipe here.

6. Two-Minute French Toast

Syrup to taste, as usual. Recipe here.

7. Vegan, Grain-Free Microwave English Muffin

All about those nukes and crannies! Recipe here.

8. Microwave Peanut Brittle

Recipe here.

9. Nutella Mug Cake

Only slightly more difficult than spooning Nutella straight from the jar to your mouth. Recipe here.

10. Microwave Egg White and Cheese Breakfast Sandwich

Those nuked innards would probably taste pretty great on a microwave English muffin, if you want to really go all in. Recipe here.

11. Roasted Garlic in the Microwave

Because roasted garlic makes EVERY dish better, but sometimes you just don’t have the time or patience. Recipe here.

12. Microwave Granola

Recipe here.

13. Microwave Lemon Bars

Coming soon to a bake sale near you. Like, very near you. The nearest. Because you will bring them. Recipe here.

14. Sour Cream and Onion Microwave Veggie Chips

Satisfy that snack craving ASAP. Recipe here.

15. Microwave-Baked Sweet Potato

Much faster than the hour (or more!) it takes to roast a sweet potato in the oven, with a very similar result. Recipe here.

16. Microwave Ropa Vieja

This classic beef dish is seriously impressive. Recipe here.

17. One-Minute Vegan Coffee Cake

Fresher than anything you could pick up on your way to work. Recipe here.

18. Microwave Chicken and Dumplings

Comfort food, at its finest. Recipe here.

19. Microwave Scrambled Eggs

By taking the eggs out to stir every 45 seconds, you get eggs that are soft and delicious, not gummy and dense. Recipe here.

20. Microwave Mason Jar Pancakes

Bring a Mason jar of pancake batter to work in the morning, then nuke it in your office microwave for a big pancake breakfast! Recipe here.

21. Microwave Ratatouille

And, look how pretty! Recipe here.

22. Microwave Cinnamon Roll

Homemade cinnamon rolls are actually sort of a pain, since most call for yeast and thus require lots of waiting (ugh). This one comes together in a matter of minutes! Recipe here.

23. Microwave Macaroni and Cheese

Easier than Easy Mac! Well, maybe not, but probably better. Recipe here.

24. Microwave Lemon-Horseradish Sole

I won’t tell anybody how you did it. They certainly won’t guess. Recipe here.

25. Loaded Microwave-Baked Potato

Recipe here.

26. Microwave Monkey Bread

Recipe here.

27. Microwave Salmon en Papillote

Cooking fish en papillote (in parchment paper) in the oven is easy, but this brings things to a whole new level. Recipe here.

28. Microwave Chicken Penne Al Fresco


The chicken in this recipe is pre-cooked, but the pasta gets cooked in the microwave in a delicious mix of broth and tomatoes, then the cheese and chicken get stirred in at the end. Recipe here.

29. Microwave-Baked Apples in a Bag

Easy as pie. Much easier, actually. Recipe here.

30. Microwave “Fried” Rice

Recipe here.

31. Toasted Nuts in the Microwave

Toasting nuts in a skillet is pretty labor-intensive, and they never seem to brown evenly. And using an oven is risky, because if you let them go a minute too long, they’re burnt and bitter. The microwave is an easy, foolproof alternative. Instructions here.

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