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16 Quick and Easy Microwave Recipes

Make the most of your microwave with these surprisingly delicious microwave recipes!

By: Amy Jackson, Editor, RecipeLion.com
16 Quick and Easy Microwave Recipes

In this day and age, most households have a microwave in the kitchen. Microwaves are wonderful tools for reheating leftovers or making tea in the morning, but if that's the only way you're using your microwave, you're missing out! The microwave can be an incredibly practical cooking tool if you know how to use it right.

In fact, you can make easy microwave dinner recipes that don't require the stovetop or the oven at all. Likewise, there are plenty of fantastic microwave dessert recipes out there too! You'd be surprised at how many microwave recipes there are out there. So, here are some of the editors' picks for our favorite 16 Quick and Easy Microwave Recipes! Every single one of these scrumptious bites are recipes you can make in the microwave. So turn on the television, put your feet up, and take a load off. Good eating has never been easier!

Quick and Easy Microwave Recipes

Healthy Chunky Monkey Rice Bowl

The best thing about cooking in the microwave is how easy it is. It usually takes much less time to prepare your food, and the cleanup tends to be minimal. When you've had a busy day of work, it's a comfort to know that you can come home, shove some simple ingredients into the microwave, and have easy food ready in ten minutes or less. Each of these recipes will make this a reality for you!

One great choice that can't go wrong is this recipe for Healthy Chunky Monkey Rice Bowl, proof that healthy microwave recipes do truly exist! With brown rice, peanut butter, and banana, this scrumptious recipe is full of protein and nutrients. In just three minutes, you can have this filling snack to enjoy. 

  • Spinach and Feta Macaroni and Cheese

    All it takes is 5 minutes to make this Microwave Spinach and Feta Macaroni and Cheese. One bite and you’ll be hooked on the tender pasta, mozzarella and feta cheeses, and sprinkling of spinach Easy to make and better to eat, you’ll love this easy recipe!

  • Microwave Pizza Dip

    This healthy Microwave Pizza Dip will give your family an extra boost of veggies and protein. Customize this dip with cheese, meats, and vegetables for a flavor explosion. This easy microwave dip is a winner every time, best served with pita bread, crackers, or breadsticks.

  • Corn Side Dish

    You have NEVER had corn like this! It looks deceptively similar, but it is a flavor explosion of celery, brown sugar, onion powder, green peppers, and more. Your microwave will serve you well with this quick and easy side dish.

  • Pizza Smashed Potatoes

    These Pizza Smashed Potatoes are easy enough for the kids to make themselves! Made in the oven with only four simple ingredients, this is a snack that everyone in your family will want to make again and again.

  • Coconut Oil Popcorn

    Make this heart-healthy alternative to normal popcorn by using coconut oil! Perfect for your next movie night, date night, or girls' night in, this addictive popcorn recipe is ready in a matter of minutes. And it's made from scratch!

  • Banana Cream Pie Oatmeal

    This oatmeal is another fantastic healthy microwave recipe! Made with wholesome ingredients and sprinkled with nuts on top, you'll love this for weekend brunch! Try different flavors and combinations... this one hits the spot!

Microwave Dessert Recipes

Coworker Cake in a Cup

Microwave dessert recipes have been so trendy the past couple years! Microwave mug recipes and microwave mason jar recipes have been particularly popular. The reason why is obvious -- when you have a sweet tooth, you want an easy, tasty way to satisfy it, and these recipes never disappoint!

One ridiculously easy recipe is this Coworker Cake in a Cup. It only requires two ingredients -- we're not kidding! Of course, you can jazz it up with icing, sprinkles, or ice cream if you want. The options are truly limitless!

  • Vegan Biscoff Microwave Mug Cake

    Biscoff spread is an incredibly addictive cookie butter with a distinctly spicy taste. Best of all, this 3-Ingredient Biscoff Mug Cake is can be made so quickly in the microwave. On top of that, it's even vegan! Can you believe that?

  • Glossy Blueberry Ring (Microwave cake!)

    This wholesome blueberry is cake covered with juicy, glossy glaze. Guess what? This microwave dessert is even good for you! It has no refined sugar or refined flour. This cake is a simple, fruity firework of textures and flavors. You can try it with other fruits too!

  • Microwave Lemon Bars

    This is not your grandmother's lemon bars! These Microwave Lemon Bars will cut the "baking" time down by a lot. Believe it or not, this easy microwave dessert is incredibly scrumptious—you’ll never want to use your oven again!

  • One-Minute Apple Crisp for One

    This One-Minute Apple Crisp for One is ready in barely a minute! This super easy microwave apple crisp recipe is topped with a crispy crumb topping and filled with warm, cinnamony apples. Yum, yum, and yum!

  • 5-Minute Microwave Mug Brownie

    If you need chocolate like you need air, then this is the recipe for you. It's amazing what the microwave can do. This 5-Minute Microwave Mug Brownie is a hot, gooey, decadent brownie that tastes like it's straight out of the oven.

  • Moist Vanilla Mug Cake

    This little vanilla mug cake is a personal serving of this delicious, fluffy vanilla cake that's ready in almost no time. Simply mix the ingredients in your favorite cup and mug and pop it into the microwave. It’s just that easy!

  • Salted Caramel Fondue

    Salted Caramel Fondue only calls for 4 main ingredients, your microwave, and whatever ingredients you want to dip. This is a great sweet snack for parties or potlucks. You can have a classy fondue in your own kitchen!

  • 5 Minutes or Less Banana Mug Cake

    This delicious mug cake is one of the most incredibly delicious desserts imaginable. It's like the holy grail of desserts! Try this recipe for 5 Minutes or Less Banana Mug Cake once, and you'll make it again and again.

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People are often down on microwave meals, but in a pinch, they work just fine.

These are perfect for college dorms that don't have kitchens available! A little taste of home straight from the microwave!

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