These Epic Microwave Fails Have Us Equally Terrified and Unable to Stop Laughing


Most of us have lived with microwave ovens for the entirety of our cooking lives. So, it continues to be surprising how often we (still!) encounter epic failures in microwave cookery. Microwave fails tend to be even worse than regular cooking failures, in part because the nature of microwaving means you were attempting to do something fast, easy, and with minimal cleanup, sometimes in shared space like a workplace kitchen or lounge. There is no worse feeling than your reheated coffee, quick oatmeal, or lunchtime soup becoming a major—and public—humiliation.

In the spirit of “don’t let this happen to you,” here’s a collection of recent microwaving disasters (check our latest on what you shouldn’t microwave). And folks, let’s be careful out there.

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Epic Microwave Fails

When your quick mug cake for one turns into a one-hour cleanup job.

Faz um Muffin de micro-ondas, eles disseram.É facinho de fazer, eles disseram. Nao quando vc é um pouco leso./ You should try a microwave muffin, they said. It's easy, they said. Not when you are a little challenged. #cookingfail #badcook #microwavefail

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When you just want to make some spaghetti squash.

When reheating rice changes the molecular structure of your container.

When you realize all plastic containers are not necessarily microwave safe.

When you forget to put water in your Easy Mac.

When you just want to warm up your hard-boiled egg.

If you’ve ever wondered what an exploded egg looks like…wonder no more! 🤦‍♀️😂 . #fail #explosion #insideout #boom

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When your sriracha chicken is just too spicy to handle.

Have you ever botched your microwave meal so bad you had to put the microwave out on the curb? #collegefail #fratlife #maruchan #noodles #microwavefail

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Make Rice Krispies Treats in the microwave, they said. It’s so easy, they said.

So I really really really felt like a rice crispy treat but I didn’t feel like making them…I thought because you can melt chocolate in the microwave why not marshmallows and why not just stir in some rice crispies into it and then I tried and this is the end result…morel of the story you can’t make rice crispy treats in the microwave… #lessonlearned #lazy #ricecrispytreats #marshmallows #microwave #microwavefail #domesticgoddess #fail #whatwasithinking #yeahistillateit #itwasntgross #itwasntgoodeither #mylife #momlife #lifehackfail

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When you try and sterilize your toddler’s bath toys.

Sterilised some of Euan's toys….. it did not end well for Mr Duck #parentfail #microwavefail #poorducky

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When you forget to poke that little hole in the bag before microwaving.

Oops…remove tamales from bag before microwaving… #tamales #microwaveFail

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When you forget to put a lid on your soup.

Yikes! So this just happened. #tomatosoup #microwavefail #cleanuptime

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When you were just trying to get that crick out of your neck.

Microwave fail

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