14 Delicious Dishes You Can Cook in Under One Minute

by Genevieve Fish

This is for all of you readers with a busy schedule and/or a need for instant gratification. We’ve rounded up 14 recipes that take only a minute or less to cook. The star of this story is one of our favorite appliances: the microwave. It can do everything from bake a cake or cobbler to make a quiche. Read on for some life-changing recipes that will prevent you from ever again being too busy to eat.

Chocolate Fudge S’mores Mug Cake

PHOTO: via How Sweet It Is

We love roasting marshmallows by the campfire. But you don’t have to wait for a warm summer evening to engage in this sugary activity. You don’t even need a campfire, just a microwave—and some marshmallows, of course. This s’more-in-a-mug dessert is pure fudgy deliciousness, guaranteed to satisfy any chocolate lover.

Browse more delicious s’mores recipes here.

“Baked” Oatmeal in a Mug

PHOTO: via Food and Wine

This comforting mug of apple banana oatmeal is fantastic for a morning when you’re in a rush but need something extra filling, or as a snack or dessert. The recipe calls for flaxseed, as well, so it’s a great source of iron. It’s extra delicious if you top it off with your favorite nut butter. We love Justin’s peanut butter.

Microwave Berry Cobbler

PHOTO: via Domestic Fits

Cook time for this decadent treat is 60 to 90 seconds. You might hate us a little for giving you the recipe—it’s dangerously addictive but too good not to share. All you need is a mixing bowl, a handful of strawberries (frozen is fine), and a few other baking staples, and voilà! Your homemade berry cobbler is ready to go.

Coffee-Cup Chilaquiles

PHOTO: via All Womens Talk

This is a great dish to make when you have taco-night leftovers in the fridge or just want to pour all of your remaining produce from the week into one dish. A minute of microwaving and a scoop of sour cream later, you have a mouthwateringly good coffee cup of chilaquiles.

Ryan Scott’s Brownie in a Mug

PHOTO: via Rachel Ray

Depending on how gooey you like your brownie, this recipe needs one to two minutes in the microwave. The batter consists of olive oil, water, and egg with a little cocoa powder. Just make sure you pick an olive oil that doesn’t have a very strong flavor. You don’t want that competing with the chocolate!

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Blueberry Muffin Mug Cake

PHOTO: via Five Heart Home

This speedy recipe will have your home smelling like a bakery in seconds, literally. The warm, fluffy texture of this blueberry muffin cakeis really the best way to start any morning. We recommend picking up some extra blueberries at the farmers market this week and making yourself a treat.

Cinnamon Roll

PHOTO: via Imma Eat That

Homemade cinnamon rolls served hot with yogurt icing—yes, don’t mind if I do. This microwave favorite calls for dates, cinnamon, banana, gluten-free optional flour, and a few other basics. The result is utterly divine.

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Spinach and Cheddar Microwave Quiche

PHOTO: via Bowl of Delicious

This simple, filling, well-balanced recipe really leaves no excuse to not have a healthy meal before you walk out the door in the morning. You need spinach, frozen or fresh; an egg; and a little milk and cheese. Feel free to add bacon to this microwave quiche for an extra-savory crunch.

Lemon Arugula Pizza

PHOTO: Maria Lichty

Our adaptation on this delicious, summery lemon arugula pizza takes less than a minute to put together, thanks to our substitution of pre-made pita bread for homemade pizza dough. Just top your pita with a drizzle of olive oil, a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese, and a fresh bunch of mozzarella cheese. Microwave for one minute and then top with arugula and lemon.

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Snickerdoodle Mug Cake

PHOTO: via Five Heart Home

This snickerdoodle mug cake is perfect if you’re craving something extra sweet and cinnamony. Make sure to use a mug with consistent width so your cake bakes evenly. It’s always fun to use a heat-resistant clear glass mug and watch your dough rise before you devour the warm goodness. Just be careful not to burn your fingers!

Pineapple-Orange Crostini

PHOTO: via Food Network Kitchen

For this recipe, you can take a break from the microwave and move over to the broiler for a pineapple-orange crostini. Arrange your baguette slices on a baking sheet and cook until golden brown on both sides (barely a minute). While your bread is in the oven, combine diced pineapple, mint, orange zest, and honey. Then assemble your crostini—ricotta or cottage cheese first and then your tropical fruit medley.

No-Bake Granola Bars

PHOTO: Maryea Flaherty

These no-bake granola bars are the perfect snack recipe to take with you on the go. And they are ideal for storing in the freezer, because they don’t lose their perfectly chewy texture when frozen. This mess-free recipe just requires one bowl and a smattering of seeds and superfoods that will keep your energy up all day long.

Instant Chocolate Cake

PHOTO: via Food Network Kitchen

You should be able to go grocery shopping in your cabinets for this mug of chocolate cake. All you need is flour, sugar, cocoa powder, an egg, vegetable oil, and a dash of vanilla extract. Microwave for a minute, or until your cake is puffed.

Mac and Cheese

Pasta, water, milk, and cheddar cheese are all it takes to turn some noodles into a homemade mug of mac and cheese. Just be warned that low-fat cheese takes longer to melt than regular cheese. 

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