How to Make Tea in the Microwave

There are a lot of ways to make tea – stovetop, electric kettle, teapot, or even a French press. There are endless ways to make any tea that you want!

But what if you want to make tea and don’t have any of those? Or you’re in a hurry and don’t want to wait for the water to boil?

Well, you can make tea in the microwave! It’s easy – here’s how.

Should you microwave tea?

First, we have to ask this question – should you microwave tea?

There’s no right or wrong answer when it comes to microwaving tea. Some people say that microwaving tea destroys the flavor and aromas of the tea leaves, while others find that it’s a quick and easy way to make a hot cup of tea. If you’re undecided, it might be worth trying both methods and seeing which one you prefer.

If you do decide to microwave your tea, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, make sure to use a microwave-safe mug or container. Second, only heat the water for as long as you need it – too much time in the microwave can make the water taste overcooked. Finally, be careful when removing the hot water from the microwave – it can easily splash and burn you if you’re not careful.

Whether or not you microwave your tea is up to you at the end of the day. If you’re looking for convenience, then microwaving might be the best option. But if you’re interested in preserving the flavor of your tea leaves, then stick to boiling water on the stovetop.

How to microwave tea

Let’s dive into how to microwave tea!

#1 gather your mug and tea

The first step is to gather everything you need. You’ll need a microwave-safe mug and your choice of tea leaves. If you’re using loose leaf tea, make sure to use a tea strainer or infuser so that the leaves don’t end up in your cup.

You can also use tea bags for this method – just make sure to choose a mug that’s big enough for the teabag to move around in.

#2 put water in your mug

Now, fill your mug with water. It’s best to use purified water, but if you don’t have any handy, water from the tap will do!

Reminder: make sure that your mug is microwave safe! Many decorative mugs or self-warming mugs are not microwave safe. Better to check beforehand!

#3 microwave the water

Heat the water in the microwave. It may take some trial and error depending on the wattage of the microwave (and its idiosyncrasies). Commonly, 2 minutes at high heat will get the water to the perfect temperature to make tea.

#4 add the tea

Remove the mug from the microwave, and add the tea. If you’re using a tea bag, make sure it’s immersed in the water, not floating at the top. If you’re using loose leaf tea, we highly recommend using a tea infuser for easy cleanup (find one of our favorites here!).

#5 wait for the tea to brew

Now, all you have to do is wait! The brewing time does vary by variety of tea, but your tea will typically be ready in 2-3 minutes.

FAQs about microwaving tea

Is it safe to microwave tea?

As long as you’re using a microwave-safe mug and not microwaving the water for too long until it’s boiling over and puts you at risk of being burnt, it is perfectly safe to microwave tea.

Can I microwave loose leaf tea?

Yes, you can microwave loose leaf tea! Just add the desired amount of loose leaf tea to your mug, and follow the steps above.


So there you have it – how to make tea in the microwave. It’s easy and a great way to save time, especially if you’re in a hurry, but still want a cup of tea. We hope you give it a try!