Savory and Simple Dishes Made in the Microwave

Don’t have an oven? Don’t stress. Check out some of these great homemade meals all cooked in a microwave. Perfect for college students and anyone without a full kitchen!

My first year of college, I had the most difficult time deciding what to eat. There was always the option of going to the dining hall or other food places on campus, but there were days when I just wanted to cook something simple from my room. Since almost all freshmen dorms lack an oven or a stove, I had to make do with just my microwave.

Over the course of that year I learned a few tricks for getting that home-cooked meal feeling without the standard appliances. Check out some of these simple meals that are all created and cooked in a microwave. Whether you are a struggling freshman like I was, or just having a lazy day and don’t want to cook, these microwavable meals are a great way to get good food fast.


  • Baked Apples

    This sweet snack is bursting with flavor and so simple to create. All you need to do is core the apples, create the brown sugar and cinnamon mixture and microwave! Check out All Recipes for step-by-step instructions. For a little extra flavor, add pecans or almonds in the center and make sure to brush lemon juice on the top of the apples so they don’t turn brown!

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  • Corn and Jalapeno Salsa

    Corn is a crowd favorite and when you want to stay healthy, but avoid cooking a complex meal, try whipping up this corn and jalapeno salsa. Just buy corn at your local supermarket and cut the kernels off. She Knows explains that this great salsa can be grilled, but it can also be mixed together cold!

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  • Microwave Lasagna

    That’s right…lasagna. Now the next time you are feeling homesick or craving lasagna, you can create this dish with minimal effort. The key is to make sure you get no-cook lasagna noodles. Layer the toppings just as you would for the oven, but cook it inside the microwave for 30-35 minutes. Your friends will love the taste of a home-cooked inspired meal at college.

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  • Steamed Asparagus

    We all know meals at college dining halls can lack the greenery that we need during dinnertime. To avoid the dreaded freshmen 15, try microwaving some asparagus as an after-dinner snack. Add some wine in to create a sweeter taste and let them cook for about 3 minutes. So simple.

    Image via Cafe Lynnylu

  • Cinnamon Sugar Tortillas

    The next time you are craving something sweet, swap out the chocolate bar and try these cinnamon sugar tortillas. From roll-ups to cinnamon chips, there are so many different snacks you can create out of a tortilla. This three-step recipe is so tasty and can be ready after just 30 seconds in the microwave.

    Image via Simple Comfort Food

  • Garlic Bread

    PBS Food provides the perfect garlic bread recipe that can be created either in a microwave or an oven. We all try to stay healthy, but I know when it comes to garlic bread I can’t resist. Either toast the garlic bread in a toaster oven or pop it in the microwave for a couple minutes to get it nice and crispy.

  • Corn on the Cob

    Summer means fresh corn on the grill, but if you don’t have a grill you should not fret! Food.com brings us an easy way to get that grilled taste using just your microwave. Wrap each ear of corn in wax paper, place it in the microwave for 2 minutes per ear and eat.

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