10 Easy (& Cheap) Microwavable Dorm Room Meals 

10 Easy (& Cheap) Microwavable Dorm Room Meals 

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You most likely already know that when you’re in college you live off ramen and microwavable foods. Mainly because it’s quick and easy but also because it is a lot cheaper than eating out all the time and it’s not like a dorm room has a full kitchen set-up. So you can’t just go and buy groceries once a month and cook yourself a nice big meal. 

You’re pretty much stuck with the microwave, but it’s not that bad. Here are 10 easy microwavable dorm room meals, so you can stop eating the same frozen foods over and over.


A lot of companies make rice you can microwave in a bag, just follow the directions on the box. You can eat it plain or you can add all kinds of stuff like butter, veggies, soy sauce, or have it sweet with some sugar, milk, and cinnamon. 

The possibilities for this one are endless.

Pasta and Sauce

This one’s really easy, fill a microwave-safe bowl with water and microwave it until the water is boiling. Now put however much pasta you’re going to cook into the bowl, microwave it as done as you’d like.

Drain the water from your pasta and microwave your sauce until it’s warm. Then all you have left to do is mix the pasta and sauce together.

Baked Potatoes

Grab a potato, give it a good wash and poke it all around with a fork. Then wrap it up in a paper towel and cook it in the microwave for a couple of minutes. It usually only takes about 2 minutes but if you want to make sure it’s done poke it with your fork. 

If it goes through the center easily that means it’s ready to eat.


Beans can go with almost everything. A can of refried beans goes great with tortillas and cheese. You could add some black beans into your rice or you could microwave some baked beans and hot dogs. 

So many options it’s hard to choose from!

Upgraded Ramen

Cook your ramen in the microwave as you usually would add your seasoning packet. Then add in some extra ingredients like chopped spinach, mushrooms, some chopped green onions and an egg. Just crack the egg inside the hot broth and let it poach, or you could crack it and break the yolk, then slowly stir making egg ribbons (like in egg drop soup).

Omelet In A Mug

Take two large eggs, crack them into your mug of choice (preferably a slightly large mug) , add a tablespoon of milk and beat with a fork. Take and chop up some sliced ham, red peppers and whatever else you like inside your omelet with some salt, pepper, and a handful of shredded cheese. 

Stir until it is all well mixed and pop into the microwave for 2 minutes.


Cook the pasta like explained above, after draining the water from the pasta stir in a half cup of milk and a half cup of shredded cheese. Microwave in 30-second intervals until the cheese has melted and you have a nice cheese sauce. 

If you have leftovers and go to reheat them, make sure to add a splash of milk first.

Mashed Potatoes

You can buy boxed mashed potatoes and cook them in the microwave if you like that better or you could cook fresh mashed potatoes. Cook the potato in the microwave like explained above with the baked potato.

Once done you can peel the skin off (or keep it on if you like), put the potato(es) in a bowl, add some milk, salt, and butter. Mash them with a fork until the preferred consistency.

Scrambled Eggs

It’s just like the omelet except without all the extras. Beat together two large eggs and a tablespoon of milk with a fork. Cook in the microwave for about 2 minutes, add some salt and pepper for taste.


Everyone loves bacon and it’ll go well with your scrambled eggs or omelet. Lay a paper towel down on a plate, place about pieces on the paper towel slightly separated. You can cook a lot more if you choose, by placing another paper towel over the bacon you’ve already laid out. Microwave for about a minute each slice. 

So if you’re cooking 4 then microwave for 4 minutes.


There are so many foods you can make in a microwave. It’s all very simple and will keep you from eating ramen on a daily basis. It’s time to get creative and make these 10 easy microwavable dorm room meals! Have you made any of these in your dorm room? Are there any microwavable foods you would add to this list? Let us know in the comments!

Matt R

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