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5 Minute Meals: What Can I Cook in 5 Minutes?

5 minute recipes that are easy, quick, and delicious!

Updated February 17, 2021

Sometimes, standing around in the kitchen and fussing over a lengthy recipe is the last thing you want to do. Whether you've got a busy day and no time to cook or are just feeling too lazy to make something fancier, these 5 minute meals are just what you need to fill your belly in no time at all.

We've gathered up our best 5 minute recipes to save you time in the kitchen while still giving you something delicious to eat. Whether you need a speedy breakfast, a no-fuss lunch, a lightning-quick dinner, a last-minute snack, or a spur-of-the-moment dessert, we've got something here for you to enjoy.

So the next time you think to yourself, "What can I cook in 5 minutes?", don't just stand there scratching your head. Make one of these easy, speedy recipes instead!

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5 Minute Dinner Recipes

When you're pinched for time in the evening, don't panic! We have some 5 minute recipes for dinner that are ready in a jiffy but still packed with delicious flavor. You don't have to sacrifice great taste or good quality meals for the sake of speed when you've got 5 minute dinner recipes on hand!

Beef stir fry

You only need five minutes to make this homemade Chinese recipe taste take-out worthy, so grab your wok (or a skillet!) and some fresh ingredients and get ready to impress your whole family. One taste and you'll never order Chinese take-out again!

Five Minute Chicken

Five Minute Chicken is perfect when you need that special meal in a hurry. It's even rich-tasting too...we promise. The true surprise comes after dinner, when you tell them it only took 5 minutes to prepare.

Five Minute Shrimp

Yes, dinner can be on the table in five minutes with our fast, easy recipe for Five Minute Shrimp. Just a few ingredients and a skillet are all it takes to turn out a restaurant-quality meal that tastes amazing.

Kung Pao Beef

Get out your chopsticks and get ready to enjoy this easy recipe for Kung Pao Beef! Why call for take-out when we can create this classic Asian dish ourselves and save time and money?

South-of-the-Border BBQ Chicken Salad

Looking for a twist on boring old salads? Our South-of-the-Border BBQ Chicken Salad is going to be a flavor loaded way to chow down on something light. This BBQ chicken salad recipe is simple, fast, and insanely delicious. One bite and you'll know what we mean! This is a welcome change of pace when it comes to summertime dining. 

Classy French Dip

Thinly sliced, tender roast beef served on a roll with a bit of broth for delicious dunking. Sounds good right? Well, you're in luck, because that recipe is very easy and right here in front of you! We call it our Classy French Dip, because it's a cut above the rest. Whether it's lunch or dinner, this is a divine take on a very classic sandwich and we know you're going to love it. 

5 Minute Recipes for Breakfast

Everyone is busy in the mornings, whether you're rushing off to school, heading to work, or hustling to the living room to catch your favorite program on TV. That's why simple, speedy 5 minute recipes for breakfast are so handy! You don't have to skip breakfast or settle for another granola bar when you have 5 minute meals this easy to choose from. 

Breakfast in a Mug

Life gets busy and sometimes, that means we need quick breakfast ideas we can take on-the go. Well, it doesn't get much quicker than our Breakfast in a Mug recipe. You can make this in the microwave in less than 5 minutes. Wanna know the best part? You can grab the mug and go! No more excuses to skip the most important meal of the day. 

Easy English Muffin

If you like munching on something with your morning coffee, then you're going to love this Easy English Muffin recipe. This English muffin recipe comes together in the microwave, in just a few minutes. The hardest part will be deciding what you'll smear on top!

Coffee Cake for One

Do you like a little coffee cake with your morning cup of joe? If you do, then you're going to love our Coffee Cake for One! Plus, this recipe is personal-sized, which means you enjoy it all without having to share. (If they want one too, then you only need another minute!)

3-Minute Breakfast Hash

Who would've thought you could make a breakfast hash in the microwave? Our recipe for 3-Minute Breakfast Hash is a hearty breakfast idea that cooks up in a jiffy!

Coffee Cup Scramble

No need to skip breakfast with this quick and easy recipe for Coffee Cup Scramble. It cooks up fast in the microwave for a healthy way to start your day.

French Toast in a Mug

Breakfast on-the-go just got even better with our French Toast in a Mug recipe! In just about two minutes you can have a decadent breakfast that tastes like the perfect cross between french toast and rich bread pudding. Add a drizzle of syrup to take it over the top!

Mexican Coffee Cup Scramble

A healthy egg breakfast is just minutes away, when we use our microwave to speed up the cooking. This hearty Mexican Coffee Cup Scramble is sure to have your whole gang scrambling out of bed.

Ham Mushroom and Swiss Coffee Cup Scramble

Enjoy a fulfilling egg breakfast, cooked right in your coffee cup -- thanks to this easy, microwave-ready recipe for Ham, Mushroom and Swiss Coffee Cup Scramble.

5 Minute Recipes for Lunch

Lunch is an important meal, but sometimes you just don't feel like cooking in the middle of the day. When that happens, you need something super fast and easy to satisfy your appetite without taking up much of your time. With these 5 minute recipes for lunch, you'll get a full belly and plenty of time left over to enjoy your afternoon. 

Easy Caesar Salad

Why use bottled Caesar salad dressing when it's so easy to make your own? Our recipe for Easy Caesar Salad is totally homemade and tastes just like the ones you're served at fancy restaurants.

New England Cheesy Crab Melt

A sandwich popular with fishermen and landlubbers from coast to coast, this easy lunch can be made in just 5 minutes! Wait 'til you bite into this delicious sandwich--you'll be able to hear the waves crashing right from your own kitchen. 

2-Minute Slaw

It doesn't get more simple or classic than our 2-Minute Slaw. It's great for summertime BBQs on those lazy, sun-drenched days. So when the meat comes of the grill and you realize you forgot the slaw, no worries... it'll be done in a wink!

Deli-Style Roast Beef Sandwiches

No one makes a roast beef sandwich quite like your favorite deli...or at least until now. With our recipe for Deli-Style Roast Beef Sandwiches, you can whip up this sandwich classic right at home, and it'll take you less than 10 minutes to do it!

Cauliflower  Broccoli Salad

When summertime comes around, you're looking for something fresh and new; a break from those traditional deli salads you had so much of at church potlucks. Try this Cauliflower & Broccoli Salad! With the sweet burst of cranberry, and the crunch of crispy bacon, this broccoli salad is just what summer needs. 

Goes-with-Anything Cheesy Grits

Looking for a recipe that is inspired by the very best of Southern comfort food? Look no further than our Goes-with-Anything Cheesy Grits! We say it goes with anything because...well...it does! Whether you're serving up breakfast, lunch, or dinner, this recipe for easy, cheesy grits is sure to be a hit. Eat it with shrimp, or serve it as is; we know everyone is going to walk away from the table satisfied.

5 Minute Recipes for Snacks

Snacks are technically a "meal," but who doesn't love a good, quick snack recipe? We certainly do! That's why we've added in some of our favorite 5 minute recipes for snacks. When you get the munchies and don't have anything pre-made on hand, you can just make one of these quick and simple recipes to satisfy that growling tummy and your taste buds, too. 

Seriously-Good Peanut Butter Bars

We think these crunchy, chocolaty, and chewy bars are seriously good. Sure, you probably don't want to have these Seriously-Good Peanut Butter Bars every day (or  you'll find yourself moving the belt another notch), but for days when you know that a sweet pick-me-up could do you some good, these are just the ticket.

Caramel Apple Quesadilla

Quesadillas don't always have to be savory! By combining a dessert cheese, like brie, with fresh apple slices and a little caramel, we can make a Caramel Apple Quesadilla that's perfect for snack-time, or as an after-dinner treat.

Caramel Apple Popcorn Balls

Crunchy, sticky, sweet...this recipe for Caramel Apple Popcorn Balls has got it all! It's sure to please everyone at your Halloween party, from the gourmands to the sugar-happy kids!

Autumns Best Pumpkin Butter

This isn't just any pumpkin butter recipe, it's Autumn's Best Pumpkin Butter! Pumpkin is sweetened with some brown sugar, and given that warm taste of fall with a bit of cinnamon. It all comes together as a warm butter spread in just five minutes! It's a perfect anytime treat, but it really shines when you set it out with your favorite bread for company during the holidays!

Munchin Crunchin Snack Mix

Do you like buying those trail mix bags from the store so you have something to nibble on when binge-watching TV? Well, we've got a Munchin' Crunchin' Snack Mix that comes together in no time, and has the perfect combo of sweet and salty! Plus, these can last a while, so you might want to make a double batch. Yum! 

Homemade Microwave Pickles

Never made our Homemade Microwave Pickles? What are you waiting for?! The farmer's market is full of fresh cucumbers and we're not wasting any time turning them into our favorite homemade snack. With the help of the microwave, we can make pickles way faster than our grandmas ever could, and now we can have them homemade whenever we want!

5 Minute Dessert Recipes

Ok, these aren't technically meals either--but they are 5 minute recipes you can make with hardly any effort! And that's what's important, right? When your sweet tooth kicks in and demands something sweet NOW, all you have to is whip up a fast and easy 5 minute dessert recipe to silence those cravings and enjoy something delicious. 

Two Minute Hawaiian Pie

No-bake, Two-Minute Hawaiian Pie is a tropical fruit pie that really does just take 2 minutes to put together. This recipe is everything you've been looking for in a tropical, no-bake dessert; it's easy, creamy, fruity, and SO delicious! 

Candy Icebox Bars

Chocolate, graham crackers, and peanut butter. Does it get much better than that? Who knew you could have such a tasty dessert ready in under 10 minutes?

1 Minute Cinnamon Bun

With our recipe for 1 Minute Cinnamon Bun you can enjoy a cinnamon bun for breakfast, dessert, or anytime you want! All you need is a microwave, some easy ingredients from your pantry, and your favorite mug. Before you know it, you'll be enjoying a cinnamon bun that's all your own.

Chocolate Mug Brownie

Already in your pajamas and craving something sweet? No need to run out to the store! Our recipe for Chocolate Mug Brownie is a personal-sized dessert that's made with ingredients you probably already have in your pantry (Bonus: This is a chocolate mug brownie with no egg!). Plus, it only takes one minute! It looks like your me-time just got even better. 

Pumpkin Pie Shooters

We all could use some last-minute ideas during the holidays, especially when we're entertaining company. Our Pumpkin Pie Shooters whip up in just 5 minutes and taste like the creamiest pumpkin pie...in the form of a milkshake! A little whipped cream and a dusting of nutmeg make these really impressive!

Nutty Peanut Butter Mug Cake

Treat yourself to our Nutty Peanut Butter Mug Cake! This nutty mug cake is perfectly-sized just for one, so you can make it whenever you're craving dessert, but don't really want to bake a family-sized cake just for yourself. Plus, it's made in the microwave, so you know it's going to be easy and quick!

Chocolate Almond Bark

Chocolate Almond Bark is a classic sweet snack that is so simple to make. Make a pan of almond bark, break it up, wrap it in colorful plastic wrap and tie it with ribbon for a great anytime gift.

Fudgy Cup Cakes

Looking for a unique gift that shows how much you care? Simply place individual portions of this cake mix and glaze mix into plastic bags and dress them up in special microwave-safe mugs.

Italian Cream Mug Cakes

Why bake a whole cake if you only want a few portions at a time? Our awesome idea for a microwaveable cake in a mug will solve that dilemma instantly! Give our yummy Italian Cream "Mug" Cakes a try and enjoy!

Pumpkin Pie in a Mug

Pumpkin pie is a dessert we all love to nosh on in the fall, but instead of baking up a whole pie every time you get a craving how about just making this easy Pumpkin Pie in a Mug? It's perfectly portioned and is ready to eat in under 3 minutes!

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