Egg in a Mug – 2 Minutes

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!

Egg in a Mug - Clockwise from top: Pizza, Salami & Provolone, Spinach Parmesan and Ham & Cheese
Egg in a Mug – Clockwise from top: Pizza, Salami & Provolone, Spinach Parmesan and Ham & Cheese

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.

Assorted
Assorted “Add Ins” for eggs, omelettes – make a platter the night before!

Egg in a Mug

  • Servings: 1
  • Time: 10 min
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 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 http://www.frugalhausfrau.com

Favorite Things

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.

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11 thoughts on “Egg in a Mug – 2 Minutes”

    1. Thanks, I can say this is one of my go to’s for breakfast, especially now that the thinking is that the cholesterol in eggs isn’t as bad for one as once feared!

      I hope you like it, and be sure to let me know if you come up with any fabulous variations!

    1. Thanks so much! I started out with healthy ones – spinach, one egg, one egg white at my brother’s suggestion when I had an illness and couldn’t really cook much.

      Somehow, it morphed from there and the madness took over!

      I forgot to mention, too, this would be a great thing for those that have to get to work and don’t have time for breakfast if they have a fridge and microwave in the break room. Just keep the eggs there and bring a little baggie of “mix-ins” every day or so. Avoid all the donuts and pastries that are so often around.

      1. It’s great! We are always rushing out the door in the morning trying to get my over-slept teenager to school. He ends up with a smoothie or protein shake in hand for the drive. He’s crazy about eggs so I’ll introduce your idea to him and I am sure he’ll be making eggs too. Now that I think about it what a great thing for a teenager to know! Cooking eggs in a mug.

        1. Those teenagers (and young men) need a LOT of sleep, and a LOT of protein. I haven’t tried it with three eggs, but I’m sure it would be no problem with a little time adjustment. I posted this because my son was here over the weekend with his girlfriend and I showed them how to do this. I knew they could pull out their phones, then, and look it up on my blog if they had any questions about it…

          I was worried it was “too simple” for a blog post, so I’m glad you liked it! Have you tried making overnight Muesli or Oatmeal – it’s another one of my quick morning favorites. I couldn’t help but jump on the bandwagon with a cute mason jar picture!

          https://frugalhausfrau.wordpress.com/2014/03/29/over-night-muesli-or-oatmeal/

          We do a lot of green smoothies here, too. Sometimes I put everything in the blender jar the night before and put it in the fridge. Other times I double it up and put one away in the fridge for the next day, especially if I know it’s going to be hectic. I’ve heard that it’s best to drink the green ones at least five minutes after being made and up to 20 minutes, but I figure that even one a day old has to be better than nothing!

          1. I have heard the same thing about drinking the smoothies right away, and also agree with you about even if it’s a day old it’s better than nothing or a bowl of sugary cereal or something of the sort! Thank you for the over night muesli / oatmeal link. I’ll head over and check it out. Glad you posted it! I love simply prepared foods and I think it is a fantastic blog post!

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