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10 Delicious Microwave Meals You Can Make Under 5 Minutes

By Jenny Leung 17 September 2018
Microwave meals – as depressing as they sound, they can be quite enjoyable. We're not talking about pre-made, soggy, unappetizing boxed dinners you buy at the supermarket, we're talking about homemade recipes that make cooking at home a complete hassle-free experience! Forget long grocery lists, messy kitchens, and tons of cleaning up, these recipes will have you falling in love with cooking all over again – and all you need is a microwave. So, without further ado, we give you 10 of the most delicious microwave meals you can make in just under 5 minutes.

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 1. Peanut Butter Nutella Brownie Mug Cake

We reckon the title says it all with this one, and yes, it is definitely as delicious as it sounds. The best thing about this recipe is, once you get the hang of how to make a basic mug cake in the microwave, you can go on to try out pretty much every flavour and topping you want. Take this gorgeous Smores Mug Cake for example. Yum! Click here for full recipe
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2. Sausage and Cheese Spaghetti

Ok, technically this one takes a little more than 5 minutes to make, but we promise you it will be totally worth your time (just look at that cheese pull). There are some other really amazing recipes by blogger, Lady and Pup, too, so if you feel like you're ever ready to take cooking one step beyond the microwave, don't forget to check them out. Click here for full recipe
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3. Mug Pizza

We all love a good pizza, but who has time to wait 45 minutes for a pizza delivery that ends up being cold and soggy? Instead of waiting around, give this recipe a go and make yourself a delicious mug pizza. With a thorough step-by-step guide and video, you really can't go wrong with this one. Click here for full recipe
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4. Macaroni and Cheese

Mac and cheese, the perfect comfort food, and with this super easy recipe for one, you can indulge in all its cheesy goodness – without feeling too much guilt. We highly recommend adding a sprinkle of herbs or a small handful of vegetables like chopped broccoli or red peppers to really make it a treat, and don't forget to pile on the cheese! Click here for full recipe
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5. Jelly Donut (Mug-nut)

With currently 1.7 million followers on YouTube, Gemma Stafford (a.k.a Bigger Bolder Baking) is known for her amazing recipes that are simple to make, oh so Insta-worthy, and always guaranteed to be delicious. Stepping up the mug cake game, this mug-nut is the perfect dessert to satisfy your sugar cravings. Click here for full recipe
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6. Salmon Steak

Salmon is a difficult ingredient, cook it too long and you end up with a dry, flaky mess, not done enough and you're better off eating sashimi. With this straightforward 5-minute microwave recipe (plus a secret sauce), you will be able to impress all your dinner party guests. Click here for full recipe
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7. Cookie in a Mug

We know it sounds weird, but hey, with a cookie that looks this good – we're all for it. Simply mix up all the dry ingredients, whisk together all the wet ingredients, put the two together in a mug, and stick it in the microwave. For the best taste, enjoy the cookie while it's still warm – straight from the mug! Click here for full recipe
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8. One-Minute Quiche

If you're ever running late for work, but simply cannot function without some breakfast, then this is the perfect recipe for you. You can adapt this in any way you like, toss in some cheese, opt for some bacon, or add in some mushrooms. All you have to do is wait for a minute (literally) and your breakfast will be ready. Click here for full recipe
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9. Egg Fried Rice

Mug cakes and cookies are great and all, but nothing is as special as this recipe – egg fried rice in a mug! Of course, this recipe calls for a bit more preparation beforehand, and it might be more difficult to get the rice done perfectly first time around, but we promise the end result of a steaming hot cup of delicious fried rice will be well worth the effort. Click here for full recipe
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10. Crispy Pretzel Bars

Here's a fun one for you and the kids. All you have to do is melt together some sugar, corn syrup, and peanut butter, then mix in your dry ingredients and it's done! It doesn't have to be all sugar and sweets either, just change out some of the ingredients for a healthier alternative such as dried fruits and rolled oats and it will make the perfect snack for when you’re on the go. Click here for full recipe
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Jenny Leung

Senior editor

Born in Hong Kong and raised in the UK, Jenny grew up with the best of both worlds. She loves just about anything to do with music and doesn’t shy away from belting out a tune or two when it comes to karaoke. If she’s not out and about exploring the city and practising her photography skills, she’s probably tucked up in bed with a book or glued to her laptop doing her online shopping.