The majority of us use microwave ovens just for heating food, never knowing this kitchen gadget can be used for cooking, as well. Although you can’t really cook everything in a microwave oven, there are a lot of recipes that can be prepared in it within a very short time. 

So if you are even stuck somewhere with no stove, no oven and no source of fire, you can always use your microwave to cook these quick and easy recipes for breakfast, lunch, desert or dinner. Here are 15 recipes for you to try cooking in your microwave oven, in less time than on the stove or oven! 

1. Paleo Gluten-Free English Muffins in a Minute 

You’ve read that right! It takes 1 minute to prepare and 1 minute to cook this muffin recipe for one in a microwave. All you need to do is to combine some flour, some baking powder, a little oil and butter, some salt and an egg in a mug or in a cup, and microwave for 1 minute (1.5 minute at the most). Voila, your English muffin will be ready! Get the full recipe here at Low Carb Yum

2. How to Microwave Broccoli 

According to Tasty Galaxy, this is the easiest and the quickest way to cook some broccoli florets for a healthy lunch. Simply cut the broccoli into small florets and put them in a microwave oven safe bowl, pour a little water in the bowl, cover and cook for about 5 minutes. The water will boil to cook the broccoli florets in less than 5/6 minutes, and you can simply sprinkle some salt and pepper on it for taste.  

3. Strawberry Shortcake Mug Cake 

Of course, “Cake in a Mug” is one of the most common snack recipes in the world – a particular favorite in most dormitories and offices. However, did you know that you can improve on the “Cake in a Mug” recipe to something more delicious and special. This recipe from Keto Coking Christian uses a mixture of almond flour and coconut flour, butter, sour cream, heavy cream, eggs, baking powder and vanilla extract to make a special cake in the microwave under 2 minutes. 

4. Keto Salty Chocolate Pecan Bark 

This is another recipe that you can, surprisingly, prepare in your microwave oven in under a few minutes. According to this recipe from Healthy With Jamie, you combine chocolate chips, coconut oil, pecan halves and pink Himalayan salt in a microwave oven safe bowl, cook for 90 seconds at three intervals, spread out in shape of cookies in a parchment, and freeze for 15 minutes. 

5. 90 seconds Best Keto Pancakes 

Yes! Pancakes in a microwave oven – it’s entirely possible. All you need for this recipe from Kimspired DIY is an egg, some heavy cream, some coconut flour, some butter, baking powder and powdered sugar. Mix them together and pour a few spoonsful into a microwave-safe plate, and in 90 seconds, you get a pancake ready to eat.

6. Amazing One-Minute Protein Brownie 

You can make some brownies for yourself in a microwave oven as well, according to this recipe from To Simply Inspire. You’ll need the usual ingredients for a regular brownie flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, milk andegg whites. Whisk the ingredients together and cook in the microwave oven for 60 seconds, and you’ll have an amazing fudge-like brownie for yourself. 

7. Gluten-Free Banana Bread Mug Cake Microwave Recipe 

In an oven, a single banana bread needs to be baked for over an hour. In a microwave oven, banana bread takes less than 5 minutes to cook. This recipe from Melanie Cooks uses a single banana and a single egg, some milk and honey, vanilla extract and coconut flour, cinnamon powder and some baking powder. Mix all the ingredients together in a mug and cook for 3 minutes, and you’ll have healthy banana bread ready for breakfast or as a snack. 

8. Microwave Stuffed Pepper for One 

For days when you won’t have to cook for anyone other than yourself, this is a great “recipe for one” from Crunch and Cream. For one serving, a single bell pepper is stuffed with diced onion, melted butter, some leftover rice, shredded spinach, Parmesan cheese and chopped basil leaves. Cook in the microwave oven for a total of 5 to 8 minutes, and your lunch will be ready to eat. 

9. Microwave Stuffed Twice Baked Potato 

Now, let’s cook a potato in the microwave! This recipe by From Val’s Kitchen requires one large potato, some sour cream, a little shredded bacon, some cheese, melted butter and olive oil. The potato needs to be cooked twice in the microwave, once with some olive oil and later stuffed with all the other ingredients. 

 10. Allergy-free Pizzas with Pizzaz 

Yes, pizza in the microwave! For this recipe from Casey the College Celiacyou’ll need  tapioca flour, buckwheat flour, baking soda, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, maple syrup and pizza seasoning and spices. For topping and sauce, you can simply use anything you like. 

11. Microwave Risotto for One

This recipe from Crunch and Cream isn’t quite like the traditional Risotto, but it’s still delicious and filling. You’ll need to add diced onions, risotto rice, vegetable stock, Parmesan cheese and a handful of chopped herbs and spices together, and cook in the microwave oven for 15 minutes. 

 12. Zero Point Banana Soufflé 

A banana soufflé is completely different from a banana cake or banana bread, and you can make it in a microwave oven. This is also a 2-ingredient recipe that only requires bananas and eggs and requires 3 minutes of cooking in the microwave. You can also sprinkle some cinnamon powder on top for added flavor, according to this recipe from The Holy Mess.

13. Microwave Cinnamon Apple

This is a recipe Ginger Casa that both children and adults are going to love, even weaning children. All you need to do is peel and chop up a few apples into small pieces and sprinkle some honey and cinnamon powder on them. Cook in a microwave safe bowl for 2 to 3 minutes, and you can serve it as a snack, or as a side dish with ice cream. 

14. Keto Upside Down Cake in a Microwave Oven 

This is another way that you can personalize the universal “Cake in a Mug” recipe, with some slices of strawberries at the bottom of the mug. All the other ingredients are the same, according to this recipe from How 2 Do KetoThis recipe also adds some sour cream and powdered sweetener for a smoother texture, and the usual ingredients: eggs, flour, butter, baking soda and vanilla extract. 

15. Vegan Peach Cobbler 

Almost all mini versions of easy and common desserts can be cooked in a microwave oven, and the peach cobbler isn’t any different. This recipe from Green Scheme cooks peach cobble in a microwave oven in less than 5 minutes, with some chopped peaches, almond flour, maple syrup, lemon juice, and cinnamon powder. 

Breakfast, dessert, snacks or main dish – you can cook almost everything in just a few minutes in your microwave oven. For the days that you have to just cook for one, your microwave oven can be the best friend that you need, one who can help serve a ready-to-eat meal in just a jiffy!