I love these little egg scrambles in a mug – as many of my friends and family know, I am not a morning person. When the kids were small, it was all I could do to get them dressed and out the door. Cooking was reserved for weekends. Egg in a Mug would have been the perfect thing – as each child wandered in the kitchen I could have had one of these made nearly as fast as cereal! Best of all? No messy pan!
My friends and family know, too, that I under utilize my microwave. I recently learned how to make the most perfect asparagus in the microwave as well as poached eggs, and then these. It was my big bro who originally told me of his breakfast microwave scrambles and I’m hooked for sure, but late is better than never!
I do want to note that in the photo above, I cooked all the Egg in a Mugs, above, in a larger mug and transferred it to my cute little mugs. Its easier to stir in a big mug and then only one mug has to be cleaned of cooked egg. Not that it was that difficult to clean, but if you’ve cooked eggs, I’m sure you know what I mean – you have to use the scrubby part of the sponge and it gets all gooky…plus, I’m lazy and always looking for the easy way out!
Wow, was this true confession day, or what? Now you all know I’m not a morning person, lazy, and never really learned how to use the microwave, which certainly means I don’t read instruction manuals…but I’m a good cook, if I might brag a bit 🙂 and I always like to think that compensates for my lack in other areas…
If you have multiple people that get up at different times, make up a little platter of veggies, cheese, and so on the night before, cover it, and put it in the fridge. The next morning, everyone can make their own Egg in a Mug and choose from the assortment.
Wouldn’t this be great when sharing a vacation house with others – everyone is covered for breakfast and can get off to their favorite activities (or sleep in) and can clean up their own minimal mess. Any left overs could easily be tossed into a salad for dinner.
Egg in a Mug
- 1 to 2 eggs, or egg whites, or a combination
- 1 ounce cheese
- vegetables of your choice
- meat of your choice
Spray the inside of a microwave safe mug with cooking spray (or use a bit of butter or oil.)
If using vegetables, place desired amount in the mug, microwave for one minute.
Drop in the eggs, do not stir. Microwave for one minute – until barely set around the edges. This may vary a bit depending on the strength of your microwave. Remove and add any meat or cheese. Stir together.
Place back in microwave and cook for an additional 10 seconds and up to 30. This will vary depending on the amounts used. Remove from microwave before it is quite “set” as it will continue to cook in the hot mug – and be careful, the mug will be hot.
Eat from the mug or turn out to another mug or plate.
Note: If cooking plain scrambled eggs the cooking time may vary – watch closely until you get a good idea of how long to cook in your microwave. One egg vs two eggs will affect the cooking time, as well.
from the kitchen of www.frugalhausfrau.com
These little mugs can be adapted to almost any flavor that would be great with scrambled eggs or omelets. Classic flavors like the Denver Omelette, Spanish Omelet, Quiche Lorraine, etc., are always great, but there are so many wonderful combinations.
I love the “Pizza” mug, above. “Greek” mugs are another favorite, with olives and Feta. I sometimes do a “Mexican” mug. I’ve been thinking about an “Egg Foo Yung” mug, but haven’t gotten around to it – you’re only limited by your imagination and what’s in the fridge.
- Meats: Salami, ham, pepperoni, any type of cooked sausage, etc. If you’re interested in using a breakfast sausage or chorizo, a small amount could be cooked in the mug, lightly covered, then drained before adding in the vegetables.
- Cheese: Any good cheese, hard or soft would be great here. Goat, Feta, Parmesan, Provolone, cheddar or colby, even Velveeta. If you love it, you can’t really go wrong.
- Vegetables: A few finely diced onions work well, but make sure to finely dice or they may lend a raw taste to the egg mug. I’ve yet to find any vegetable that doesn’t work unless it is something that requires a long cook time. A small dice is the key here.
- Add ins: Don’t forget other fun add ins like olives, salsas, pizza or spaghetti sauce, hot sauce, sriracha, etc.
- Left overs: In some cases, left over vegetables may work, but should be added in at the first stir. Think Broccoli Cheese (num) or other combinations.
Cost and nutrition vary according to ingredients used.