Microwave Grilled Cheese

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Do you have a craving for an easy grilled cheese? Then let me introduce you to microwave grilled cheese. It is simple, it is delicious, and it is fast.

You will love how easy it is to adapt to your tastes. Swap mayonnaise in your grilled cheese for ketchup or barbecue sauce. Swap our preferred red Leicester for cheddar cheese or even use a yummy strong French cheese.

microwave grilled cheese recipe
Microwave Grilled Cheese Recipe

Easy Grilled Cheese

Many memories from childhood involve grilled cheese. It was one of my favourites, if not my biggest favourite comfort food growing up.

My mum would usually make her version of an easy grilled cheese in the oven under the grill with sliced tomatoes on top.

It was delicious and I would always have some mayonnaise on the side to dunk in.

But aged 13 it was a lovely school friend of mine called Jodi, that introduced me to the best ever grilled cheese.

She would go home for her lunch (she lived across the road from school) whilst her parents was at work and would always fix herself some microwave grilled cheese.

It was more creative than mine and would involve a double decker with 3 layers of bread and some onions on top.

It was so yummy and that soon became the microwave grilled cheese that I made time and time again.

Whilst I now mainly have air fryer grilled cheese, its nice to go back to childhood with this easy grilled cheese recipe cooked in the microwave in JUST 2 minutes.

Can You Make Grilled Cheese In The Microwave?

Yes, you can. It is super easy to make grilled cheese in the microwave. Though note, it is the not the best grilled cheese, that award goes to the air fryer or the toastie machine, but it makes a delicious quick alternative.

Can You Make Cheese On Toast In The Microwave?

Yes, you can. Microwave cheese on toast and microwave grilled cheese are one of the same.

Us Brits often refer to it as cheese on toast, whilst Americans its always grilled cheese.

No matter which one you call it, its very quick and easy in the microwave.

Can You Microwave Mayo On A Sandwich?

Yes, you can. Its really easy to microwave with mayo in your sandwich and who doesn’t love mayonnaise in their sandwiches.

What I recommend, is when making your grilled cheese is that after adding the cheese slices and the tomato, that you add some mayo to the top.

Can You Microwave Mayo On A Sandwich

Then place the extra slice of bread over it and then you have a yummy cheese sandwich that is ready to be heated up in the microwave.

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Grilled Cheese In Microwave Ingredients

Grilled Cheese In Microwave Ingredients

Bread – I used Warburtons because there is no greater bread for your grilled cheese in the microwave. Though of course, you can use whatever bread you have in.

Cheese – For my melted cheese sandwich, it is all about the cheese and I went with red Leicester cheese slices from Tesco’s. They are yummy and make the best cheese on toast.

Tomato – A grilled cheese is not the same without the tomatoes. A couple of slices on top of each layer of cheese is perfect.

Mayonnaise – I also love to add in some mayonnaise or some salad cream or sometimes both. You could swap this for ketchup or barbecue sauce.

Basil – Then for that wonderful grilled cheese Starbucks taste, I recommend some dried basil (or fresh if you have it) into your sandwich too.

Optional – I know some love it and some hate it. I like to spread margarine or butter onto my bread.

Then for the kitchen gadgets that we have used in this grilled cheese microwave recipe it has just been our Panasonic Microwave Oven. We have this one and its wonderful for many types of microwave recipes.

How To Make Grilled Cheese In The Microwave?

microwave grilled cheese instructions
  • Assemble. Butter your bread, add cheese slices, add sliced tomatoes, add basil, and add salad cream or mayonnaise.
  • Microwave. Then place the top layer of the bread over the filling and then place onto a plate and load into the microwave. Microwave your grilled cheese for 90 seconds to 2 minutes depending on the power of your microwave.
  • Serve. Slice into quarters and then serve with extra sauce.

And I am sure you can see now how easy it is to microwave grilled cheese and why it is a firm favourite of mine for a quick brunch.

How To Reheat Grilled Cheese?

As well as using the microwave to make grilled cheese, you can also reheat grilled cheese in the microwave.

Simply place on a plate, and microwave for 90 seconds or until the cheese has melted again for you.

microwave grilled cheese

Your grilled cheese in a microwave recipe is below, note you can print it out with or without photos, adjust servings, or click between metric and imperial depending on where you are in the world.

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Microwave Grilled Cheese

Do you have a craving for an easy grilled cheese? Then let me introduce you to microwave grilled cheese. It is simple, it is delicious, and it is fast.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time2 minutes
Total Time7 minutes
Course: Snack
Cuisine: Microwave
Servings: 2
Calories: 506kcal


Kitchen Gadgets


  • Place slices of bread on your bread board and spread margarine or butter over them. Then add a layer of sliced cheese.
    Can You Make Grilled Cheese In The Microwave?
  • Top the cheese with sliced tomatoes, followed by a sprinkle of dried basil and then cover with salad cream or mayonnaise.
    Can You Make Grilled Cheese In The Microwave?
  • Add the top layer of bread and place on a plate.
    Can You Make Grilled Cheese In The Microwave?
  • Add the plate to the microwave and microwave for 90 seconds to 2 minutes depending on your microwave wattage before serving.
    Can You Make Grilled Cheese In The Microwave?


Cheese. You can use any favourite cheese. We used red Leicester but double Gloucester, cheddar, edam or gouda would work well.
Wattage – The cook time for your grilled cheese will vary depending on your wattage. Our 800w microwave cooked the grilled cheese in 2 minutes.
Thanks for reading how to make a simple grilled cheese in the microwave on Recipe This. We have many more microwave recipes for you to check out next. Though if you would like more delicious ideas to make with cheese, do check out our slow cooker mac and cheese next.


Calories: 506kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 87mg | Sodium: 708mg | Potassium: 430mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1312IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 683mg | Iron: 2mg
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3 thoughts on “Microwave Grilled Cheese”

  1. 5 stars
    I love a grilled cheese, well microwave cheese, the goosy cheesyness is just so delicious and it did not burn, thanks for the detailed instructions.

    • 5 stars
      I absolutely loved this recipe. I had my doubts because the idea of a crispy crunchy bread is so ingrained in my head when I think of this type of sandwich, but it really works well, and is much quicker and easier to make when you’re in a rush. Less cleanup too!

      I did however substitute for some black pepper instead of the basil, as I don’t like basil.

  2. 4 stars
    I was doubtful about this recipe as in my experience some things just do not go in the microwave. I decided to give it a try, however, and as expected the bread came out soggy but it was fairly enjoyable and the basil and mayo gave it a great taste.
    Probably wont do it in the microwave again, as I like the crispness of toast, but will use the basil and mayo when doing in the sandwich toaster.


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