Cooking With Carney: Mug Omelette

Omelette You Finish: Easy and delicious, this classic cheese omelette recipe is also a healthy, protein-rich breakfast option at roughly 250 calories. This omelette pairs well with coffee or chai tea.

Carney Ziegler

You won’t believe this was cooked in a microwave.

For the months of January, I will be focusing on easy, quick meals in a mug that can be made conveniently around new class schedules. The Mug Omelette takes less than two minutes to cook and less than five minutes to prepare from beginning to end. It is cheesy, fluffy and perfect for a morning on the go. The best part is that the omelette is made in the microwave, making it a dorm-friendly recipe that doesn’t dirty a lot of dishes.

Besides the fact that this recipe is ideal for a busy college student, it’s also a healthy, sustainable breakfast. Two eggs provides a suitable amount of protein to get you through your morning classes without your stomach grumbling halfway through. It’s also easily adapted to whatever your preferences (I personally prefer a classic cheese omelette). Add whatever vegetables you prefer, such as peppers, onions, mushrooms, tomatoes or spinach. For additional protein, try adding bacon bits, ham or cooked sausage. Additionally, you can even switch up the types of cheeses you use, from sharp cheddar to feta to pepper jack to add variety to this meal.

Overall, this is a relatively effortless breakfast that you should try on a morning when you don’t have much time. My classic cheese omelette recipe is made entirely of ingredients most people already have in their kitchens, so it won’t break the bank either. Whether you’re after a new breakfast option to shake up your routine, lack a lot of extra time in the mornings or just need a healthier alternative to your mornings, my light, gooey, delicious Mug Omelette won’t disappoint.


  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 tablespoons shredded cheese
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Coat microwavable mug with cooking spray.
  2. Add eggs, milk, salt and pepper to the mug and whisk until thoroughly combined.
  3. Microwave for 45 seconds. Remove and stir briefly.
  4. Microwave an additional 30 seconds. Remove and add cheese.
  5. Microwave an additional 20-30 seconds depending on your microwave. Remove from microwave and let cool 2 minutes before eating.