Omelet in a Mug

Steve and Trevor were at Cub Scout Camp last week, so I had the house to myself for four days. It was the perfect opportunity for me to try out some mug meals. If you aren't familiar with mug meals, the concept is that you can make a complete meal for one in a mug in just a few minutes, using your microwave. Mug meals are insanely popular right now. Time to see for myself if they're worth the hype!

For my first meal, I chose an omelet. Omelets in a bag are nothing short of a miracle, so I was ready to be equally impressed with an omelet in a mug. I chose a promising recipe and set out to make my breakfast. And (spoiler alert)... it was awesome!

As usual, I'd intended to actually follow the recipe. But I am pathologically incapable of doing so. I deviated from the recipe on THE VERY FIRST STEP. (Does this surprise anyone?) Instead of spraying the mug with cooking spray, I decided to butter it liberally instead. I googled a bunch of other omelet-in-a-mug recipes to see if any of them had used butter successfully and I couldn't find a single blog that mentioned it one way or the other. Confident, I persisted. Until I came to the part about bell peppers. I don't buy them anymore since they bother Steve, so I substituted the same amount (-ish, because I'm not into measuring) of fresh corn kernels. 

Here's how it looked heading into the microwave:

And here's how it looked 1:30 later. Yep, looks like an omelet!

I cubed an avocado and added some to the mug. 

It was delicious! It tasted just like a 'real' omelet and was properly cooked through, with no areas that were under- or overcooked. The corn was a delicious touch. I'm pretty sure I've never put fresh corn in an omelet before. As I ate my way down, I added more avocado cubes, which went really nicely with the ham, cheese and corn. 

Cleanup wasn't quite as easy as I'd hoped, as there was quite a bit of egg/cheese stuck to the inside of the mug. I don't know if this was because of the butter vs. cooking spray decision, but it wasn't a big deal. I just left it to soak, then gave it a quick scrub and tossed in the dishwasher. (Technically, I should call our dishwasher a sterilizer, because regardless of what the manufacturer might have intended, it does not wash dishes. We can't leave even the tiniest speck of food on our dishes or they emerge from the "dishwasher" with that food still on them. Anyone recommend a good dishwasher for when we finally break down and replace ours?)  

Anyway, I give the Omelet in a Mug a 9.5 out of 10. This will definitely be on my breakfast table again. 


  1. I use an egg container, that has 2 "cups" and a latch in the middle that allows it to fold close for cooking (IDK how to explain it), to make eggs in the microwave all the time! It's plastic and made for cooking eggs so I don't have to use any cooking spray or butter to keep things from sticking. It was one of the best "cooking" utensils I ever bought and it was like $5 at Target! I, we, use it all the time! In fact I hardly ever cook eggs in the pan anymore... unless they're sunny side up, because putting eggs in the microwave cooks the yolk too, and with sunny side you want the yolks intact! I eat mine w/ shredded cheese, tapatio, and sometimes avocado too (if we have any), but never thought of using corn?! Actually a lot of items would probably be a good mix it, the possibilities are endless! As for dishwashers? I think they are useless... when we had our kitchen remodeled I got rid of the dishwasher in order to get more storage space. Never once regretted that decision!

  2. This looks really yummy! This would be a great recipe to teach my kids at home this summer that are old enough to use a microwave. Great lunch or afternoon snack for a teenager :)

  3. Oh wow!!! That's awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Hmmm..an omelette isn't that difficult to make in a pan. I would have done it in the pan and ate off it...lol
    P/s: I've always wondered about dishwashers....I'm fascinated when I use them in serviced apartments when I travel (usually just mugs and glasses for drinks) but I've seen my friends with dishwasher rinse off all their plates before putting them in the dishwasher and I would rather just wash them by hand.

  5. We just tried making this yesterday. We did Canadian bacon, spinach and a little bit cheese. It turns out really nice and is so easy. My husband, who doesn't cook, even made one for himself today. Good stuff!


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