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How to make falafel in the microwave

All you need is a mug to prepare these delicious, protein-packed falafel balls.

  • Yield: Makes 8 falafel balls
  • Prep time: 2 minutes
  • Cook time: 1 minute

Today, we present to you the impossible: delicious, protein-rich Mediterranean falafel balls, made in under two minutes in your microwave!

I honestly thought it couldn’t be done, but I’m game to try just about anything. And look at that – it worked. I’m not a fan of fried food, but I’ve tried baked falafel balls and they were just too dry. And I can honestly say now that I’ll take my falafel microwaved any day. This falafel hack worked for me, and I’m thrilled to be able to share it with anyone who wants to avoid fried foods, or is limited to microwave cooking.


  • 1 packet dry falafel mix
  • Drizzle of olive oil (optional)
  • Fresh pita
  • Hummus and tahini, for dipping
  • Mixed greens


Combine a packet of dry falafel ball mix with water, per package instructions, and allow to rest for several minutes.

Use your hands to roll into about 8 balls. Place into microwave-safe mug or small bowl. Drizzle with a little olive oil.

Microwave on medium power for 1.5 minutes. (If your falafel balls are dry, you overnuked ‘em – they should be soft, with a little bit of a crusty edge).

Serve with pita, mixed greens, hummus, tahini and sliced olives.

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