My favorite stuffing is made from store-bought stuffing mix, because it’s so simple to make and the taste satisfies many of the flavors I look for in a stuffing. And when you're looking to diversify the texture and taste a little more, adding in a few fresh ingredients to your store-bought stuffing never hurts.

I have never thought to make semi-homemade stuffing in the microwave, but coming from experience, it is so easy to make!

As I was testing out microwave stuffing recipes from scratch, I found that it was difficult to cook the stuffing fully, which is not ideal considering the added egg. We all know that soggy stuffing is rather sad.

In addition, college students yearning for Thanksgiving are usually dealing with pre-break deadlines and don't have time for tricky recipes with limited college kitchen appliances, so store-bought stuffing is the easiest and most successful method to satisfying Thanksgiving cravings.

Store-bought stuffing needs minimal additional ingredients that don't require to be fully cooked to be eaten. Store-bought stuffing also cooks very well in the microwave to a fluffy, optimally moist consistency. As long as you don't add too much water, your stuffing will be golden (quite literally). Adding the optional ingredients of apples and celery brings some more life into the microwave stuffing with the added textures, flavors, and freshness. 

So gather around the microwave and let it bring the taste of Thanksgiving straight to you!

Semi-Homemade Microwave Stuffing

  • Prep Time:5 mins
  • Cook Time:5 mins
  • Total Time:10 mins
  • Servings:2
  • Easy


  • 1 box store-bought stuffing mix and seasoning
  • 1 – 1½ cup water
  • 4 tablespoon melted butter or oil
  • 1 stalk celery chopped
  • 1 apple chopped
Sheba Antony
  • Step 1

    Add stuffing mix, 1 – 1½ cups water, and 4 tablespoons melted butter or oil into a microwavable bowl.

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    Stuffing mix, chopped apples and celery, water, and butter
  • Step 2

    Microwave for 2 minutes, covered.

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    Microwave ready bowl of stuffing and water mixture
  • Step 3

    Add and mix in chopped apples and celery. Microwave for 2 minutes, covered. Stir and microwave again for 1 minute.

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    Add in your apples and celery halfway through your microwave time
  • Step 4

    Allow to cool for 1 minute and enjoy right out of the bowl!

    Ready to eat stuffing!