How to Make Tea in the Microwave – (The Right Way)

How to make tea in the microwave

Oops, do you want to drink tea but do not have a kettle anywhere to be seen? Just learn how to make tea in the microwave, and you will be fine.

I have a habit of drinking herbal tea in the morning. But a few weeks ago, my electric kettle stopped working.

Instead of buying a new kettle,, I figured out how to make tea in the microwave. And after that, I decided not to get a new kettle because a microwave does the job perfectly.

So, if you want to know how to make tea in the microwave, keep reading!

Can you make tea in the microwave?

Yes, you can make tea in the microwave as long as you follow the proper instructions. Besides tea bags, the most crucial ingredient for making tea in the microwave is hot water. As you can warm up water in the microwave, you can also make tea in the microwave.

You might think you need fancy tools and equipment for making tea. But a microwave and a microwave-safe mug are all you need to make tea.

How do you make tea in the microwave?

To make tea in the microwave:

  1. Put one tea bag or loose tea leaves in a microwave-safe mug.
  2. Add 3 tablespoons of water or enough water to cover the tea bag or tea leaves.
  3. Microwave it for 30 seconds.
  4. After 30 seconds, take out the mug and cover it with either a lid or a paper towel. Let the tea steep for a while.
  5. Get another microwave-safe mug and fill it with water.
  6. Microwave the second mug of water for 30 to 45 seconds.
  7. Once the steep tea is ready, add the water that you just microwaved.
  8. Lastly, add sweetener or any other ingredient of your choice.

So, what do you think? Does making tea in the microwave look too complex to you? It is a pretty straightforward process if you keep one thing in mind.

When microwaving the tea leaves or tea bag with the water, do not put too much water in the mug. Only use 3 tablespoons or as much water as it needs to cover the tea bag fully.

Furthermore, cover the lid after microwaving tea leaves and tea bags with water.

How long does it take to microwave water for tea?

Usually, you need to microwave water for 45 seconds for the tea. But if you are microwaving the tea leaves with the water, then microwave it for only 30 seconds.

When making tea in the microwave, water is microwaved two times. Firstly, you microwave 3 tablespoons of water with the tea leaves. For this step, microwave the water for 30 seconds only.

After 30 seconds, take out the mug and cover it. Then let the tea steep.

You need to microwave around half to a one-quarter mug of water the second time. This water is used to dilute the steep tea to make yourself a proper cup of tea. Generally, you need to microwave this water for 45 seconds.

Moreover, if you are making tea for a crowd, you need to microwave more water. And a larger quantity of water would take more time to microwave.

How long does it take to steep tea?

The amount of time it takes to steep tea differs from tea to tea. Here is the general steep time for the most common teas:

  • Green Tea: 1-3 minutes
  • English Breakfast Tea: 3-5 minutes
  • Earl Grey Tea: 3-5 minutes
  • Peppermint Tea: 5-10 minutes
  • Oolong Tea: 1-5 minutes
  • Chamomile Tea: 5 minutes or more

As you may know, the entire process of making tea in the microwave is the same for every tea. However, every tea requires a different amount of time to steep.

So, when you are making tea in the microwave, find out the steeping time for that specific tea. This will better the taste of the tea. 

How to make Indian tea in the microwave?

Here is how you can make Indian tea in the microwave:

  1. In a microwave-safe bowl, add tea leaves and cardamom. And chopped ginger.
  2. Add a half mug of water to the bowl.
  3. Mix it well and microwave the mixture for 2 minutes.
  4. Then add half a mug of milk to the mixture.
  5. Microwave it for another 3 minutes.
  6. Strain the tea and serve with biscuits.

Is it safe to make tea in the microwave?

Yes, making tea in the microwave is safe as long as you follow the proper recipe. As making tea in the microwave only involves microwaving water and tea leaves, nothing inherently dangerous about this process.

However, when making tea in the microwave, ensure that you use microwave-safe kitchenware. For example, the mug you use for making tea in the microwave should be microwave-safe. It is long at the bottom of the mug, and if it has the three wavy lines sign, it is microwave safe.

Usually, ceramic mugs are microwave safe. But stay away from mugs with metal trim as this can spark a fire in the microwave.

Lastly, if you do not have a microwave-safe mug, you can use another microwave-safe container to make the tea.

How long does it take to make tea in the microwave?

The length of time it takes to make tea in the microwave depends on the type of tea you are making. But generally, you can make tea in the microwave within 10 minutes.

The process of making tea in the microwave is simple. But it involves a few steps. You only need to warm the water and the tea leaves in the microwave for 30 seconds. But if you include the steep time, the process takes longer than 30 seconds.

Secondly, you need to microwave another half mug of water to dilute the steep tea. This time is also included in the entire process.

How do you know when tea is done?

The easiest way to know when the tea is made is by looking up its steep time. Every tea has a different steep time. For example, earl grey tea is usually done in 5 minutes, but green tea only needs 3 minutes.

Every tea is brewed at a different temperature. And every tea needs a different amount of time to steep.

So, after microwaving the water, let the tea steep for the recommended time. And when the steep time is over, dilute it with more hot water. And then your tea is made.

Tips for Making Tea in the Microwave

Making tea, in general, seems like a difficult task. You mess up one step, and the tea turns bitter. But the stakes are even higher when you are making the tea in a microwave.

Following are some of the top tips for making tea in the microwave. Use these tips to make perfect tea in the microwave.

  1. When making tea in the microwave, only use a microwave-safe mug.
  2. If you do not have a microwave-safe mug, you can also use any other microwave-safe container.
  3. Before starting to make the tea, google the steep time of the said tea. This will help you know how long you should leave the tea to be steep.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you microwave green tea?

Yes, you can microwave green tea. Just add green tea leaves or tea bags to the mug and add 3 tablespoons of water. Microwave it for 30 seconds.

Let it steep for 1-3 minutes.

In the meantime, microwave half a mug of water or as much needed for 45 seconds. After the steep tea is made, add the microwaved water to it, and it is ready.

Final Words

Congratulations! Now you know how to make tea in the microwave. But before you start the process, google the steep time for the tea you are making. This will ensure that your tea tastes perfect and does not turn bitter.

Now turn on the microwave and start making some tea.