Microwave meringues in minutes

Microwave meringues in minutes

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
(31 ratings)

Ready in 5 minutes


Makes 6

Watch these effortless meringues quadruple in size as they cook in under two minutes

Nutrition and extra info


  • kcal-
  • fat-
  • saturates-
  • carbs-
  • sugars-
  • fibre-
  • protein-
  • salt-


  • 300g icing sugar
  • 1 lightly beaten egg white
  • whipped cream, to serve



    Fresh unpasteurised milk quickly separates and the fat rises to the top. This fat layer is then…

  • tropical fruit, to serve


  1. Sift 300g of icing sugar over 1 lightly beaten egg white. Stir until the mixture is a thick, pliable icing and roll into balls. Line a plate with kitchen paper.

  2. Put 3 balls at a time on the plate and microwave them on high for 1½ mins – and watch, in amazement, as the balls balloon and puff into meringues.

  3. When they are cool, use the meringues in desserts. They’re perfect for sandwiching together with whipped cream and sliced tropical fruit.

You may also like

Comments, questions and tips

Sign in or create your My Good Food account to join the discussion.
8th Jan, 2014
Hmmm.... Not very successful, too many air bubbles, but would be ok for breaking up and using in other desserts. I've now watched the Good Housekeeping Institute's video clip of how to make these and I think that using their method would produce a better result. They knead the paste very thoroughly to make it smooth before cooking at 800 for 40 secs. Next time I need meringues I will give it a go.
22nd Sep, 2013
I have made these and they taste just like normal meringues! Be careful though as they are quite delicate.
4th Aug, 2013
Quite impressed with how quick and easy this was, saved me a lot time either going to the shop or baking in the oven. I used this to make Chocolate, Salted Caramel and Banana Mess (on this site) but despite the meringue being very sweet it worked really well with this recipe.
trinaz's picture
21st Jun, 2013
NIce idea... very quick to make... not the best tasting but almost worth it because of the speed and nice shape
30th May, 2013
Pink, with lemon flavouring!!! I've tried the normal microwave version before and agree that they don't hold a pretty, nicely rounded shape. I'm not bothered about that, as I use them to break up and serve with fruit and icecream, but this evening I decided to experiment a bit, so added some pink food colouring and quite a bit of lemon flavouring (wish I'd thought of using the Rose flavouring!). I've made really small ones, following someone else's suggestion, and also only used 1 tablespoon of egg white, keeping adding icing sugar until it was mould-able. The results are pretty and taste wonderfully lemon-y! My daughters approve, at any rate...!
22nd Mar, 2013
OMG! I Can't believe I've found this recipe! My dad passed away 5 years ago this year, he was a very keen baker and he used to make the meringues this way. Me and my mum have been trying to replicate his recipe for ages! An I've just came across it right here! We've just made a big batch now. Ha! Thanks so much keep watching dad 😜
15th Dec, 2012
Since water is the only thing contributing to the cooking here (the sugar is hitching a free ride through the microwave to your mouth), it means that the water in the egg white is the cooking medium. Big eggs, fresh eggs have more water than small or older eggs, so the timing will be variable for the same result. With so little water, a few seconds either way will produce very different results, hence some people having abject failures. I have tried this with a cup of water in the microwave at the same time to soak up some of the microwave enerby. I got very good results, my timing was nearly 3 mins and a few seconds either way would not have made much difference. It is worth paying for the little bit of extra energy wasted in order to slow this one down. Using a lower power setting on the MW would not produce the same result, as the lower settings are the same power being switched on and off in pulses. Love from France
4th Nov, 2012
What a FLOP! Maybe it's my micorwave or something else but although they initially puffed up lovely, after 1min in they went totally flat and after 1.5min the insides were burnt! Next time I need merangues I'll buy them ready made ;)
22nd Oct, 2012
Yukkkkk! Horrid! Far too sweet and almost taste perfumed,due to the amount of icing sugar. I won't be trying this shortcut again.
6th Aug, 2012
They taste a lot like shop bought, I don't think i'll make them again :-(. but they were fun for my 5 year old sun to have a go at, but they get very very hot, and stay hot for quite a while so be carefull when making with children.


Be the first to ask a question about this recipe...Unsure about the cooking time or want to swap an ingredient? Ask us your questions and we’ll try and help you as soon as possible. Or if you want to offer a solution to another user’s question, feel free to get involved...
Be the first to suggest a tip for this recipe...Got your own twist on this recipe? Or do you have suggestions for possible swaps and additions? We’d love to hear your ideas.
Want to receive regular food and recipe web notifications from us?