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5-Minute Microwave Omelet Recipe for Stress-Free Weekday Mornings

It's not only faster, it comes out lighter and fluffier too!

Ah, the omelet… A breakfast staple that can be as delightful to eat as it is frustrating to get right. Those billowy folds, the perfectly cooked eggs — some chefs consider mastering them a sign of a good cook. But truthfully, replicating that restaurant-style magic at home can feel like a gamble. So, when I heard you could make an omelet in the microwave, I had to learn more. This recipe takes just 5 minutes using staple pantry items and involves no pan-flipping anxiety. I also have some expert tips to ensure your microwave does its job well, plus fun filling ideas to customize. Here’s how to make the quickest, protein-packed microwave omelet.

Why you should make a microwave omelet

Making an omelet in the microwave offers a few benefits. First, you can whip one up in minutes, without the need for a hot stove or extensive prep work. Microwave cooking also means minimal mess, meaning no pan to scrub. 

The benefits of using a microwave

While the basic ingredients remain similar, the cooking method creates a slight textural difference. Traditional stovetop omelets typically develop a slightly browned exterior and a softer, more custardy interior. But microwave omelets tends to cook more evenly throughout, resulting in a lighter, fluffier texture and thinner consistency.

“There are only three ingredients needed for a microwave omelet,” explains Holly Nilsson, creator of Spend with Pennies. “First is the eggs — you can use whole eggs, egg whites or an egg substitute based on your preference. Next is the butter, which adds flavor to an omelet and makes for a great texture. Lastly, incorporate any add-ins such as sharp cheddar cheese, or choose from a variety of vegetables and cooked meats to customize your omelet.”

How to make the perfect microwave omelet

whisked eggs in a bowl for a microwave omelette recipe
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I’ll be the first to say that I wasn’t sure how to a microwave omelet at first. But after learning some helpful tips, my first attempt came out tasting great (which usually doesn’t happen). Here are the secrets to a great microwave omelet:

1. Choose the right container

Use a microwave-safe plate with a slight lip on it or even a small baking dish. Ensure it’s large enough to comfortably hold whisked eggs and your fillings, leaving room for expansion. That way, you can avoid having it bubble over and making a mess. With any container, Nilsson says to prep “with cooking spray or rub it with oil,” so nothing sticks.

2. Whisk it well

Take a moment to whisk your eggs thoroughly, about 30 seconds or so. “Whisk the eggs with a fork until they are a pale yellow color; you should see no bits of white or yolk. A teaspoon or so of water or milk will make them extra fluffy!” says Nilsson.

3. Don’t overcook

No one wants a rubbery omelet. To prevent this, stop cooking just as it sets. “One important thing to note is that cook times will vary based on your microwave and the shape of the mug you choose,” says Nilsson. “Like most egg recipes, they will continue to cook once removed from the microwave, so be sure to check the omelet a little bit early or add extra time if needed.”

Want more egg hacks? Add lemon juice for fluffiness or add a crunchy cheese exterior.

5-minute microwave omelet recipe

If you find yourself skipping breakfast, this recipe from Mind Over Munch has your back. This omelet cooks right on a plate, no folding required. Depending on your microwave wattage, adjust the cooking time slightly. This recipe uses 1000-watts.

microwave omelette with cheese and chives on white plate
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Ingredients:

  • Cooking spray
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Tbs. water
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1-2 Tbs. shredded cheese (optional)
  • Desired fillings/toppings (optional)

Directions:

  • Active Time: 3 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 serving
  1. In a measuring cup, whisk together eggs, water, salt and pepper.
  2. Spray cooking spray to coat a microwave-safe plate. Then, pour egg mixture onto prepared plate.
  3. Cover plate with plastic wrap so it seals around the edges. Then, cook omelet on high power for 2 minutes. (It will floof up in the microwave, but that’s okay — just let it be!)
  4. Carefully remove plate, then remove plastic wrap, and cool for about 2-3 minutes. Then, add cheese and fillings before folding over and adding desired toppings.

Delicious filling ideas for your microwave omelet

I love omelets for their endless customization. After all, eggs by themselves can get a little boring every now and then. Here are some filling ideas to stuff your microwave omelet so it tastes even better. With any add-in, Nilsson suggests to add “once the eggs are partially set to help keep them from sinking to the bottom.”

1. Classic ham and cheese

Shredded cheddar cheese and chopped ham remain a popular choice as well as a protein boost. For more protein options, consider turkey, sausage, bacon or crumbled tofu.

2. Veggie delight

Sautéed onions, peppers, spinach as well as mushrooms go great with eggs and add a healthy touch to start your morning on the right foot. Fresh herbs like chives, parsley or dill also add vibrancy. “If using veggies like peppers or mushrooms, microwave them for about 20-30 seconds to cook them and remove some of the liquid,” advises Nilsson.

3. Southwestern flair

Spice things up with diced tomatoes, black beans, corn and a sprinkle of chili powder for a Tex-Mex inspired omelet.

4. Mediterranean fusion

Go Greek with chopped sun-dried tomatoes, crumbled feta cheese and sprinkle of dried oregano in your omelet.

See also: Denver Omelet Recipe: Fluffy 15-Minute Breakfast Dish for Mother’s Day


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