Bagel Bites: Microwave & Oven Cooking Instructions (Cook Time)

Bagel Bites: Microwave & Oven Instructions ( Cook Time )

If you need the cooking instructions on how to cook bagel bites in the oven and microwave, you are in the right place. We have all the instructions, directions and cooking time you need to make some delicious-tasting bagel bites!

I’m going to show you which is the best alternative, whether it’s an oven or a microwave, and two different ways to prepare them.

So, check out the two recipes below and choose the one that best suits your needs.

How long to cook bagel bites in microwave?

Cooking bagel bites in microwave

Nothing beats a crisp morning with a steaming cup of coffee and a tasty fresh bagel for breakfast. Although this upscale club sandwich is a popular New York delicacy, you can now enjoy it in the comfort of your own home and experiment with unusual toppings of your choosing.

They’re not only great for breakfast, but they also make great lunches. Carbohydrates aren’t always our best friends, but with the right toppings, they can be a nutritious meal for anyone.

It only takes 55 seconds to 3 minutes to cook some bagel bites in the microwave, especially if they are ready-made.

  • 55 seconds is plenty for 4 pieces;
  • 2 minutes for 9;
  • And 3 minutes for a 12-piece set of bagel bites are the go to for a great texture.

If you love softer bagels, this is the way to go, as microwave retains more moisture in foods than oven cooking.

How long to cook bagel bites in the oven?

Cooking bagel bites in the oven

Although it may take a little longer to make the perfect crispy bagel bites in the oven, the effort is well worth it. They taste a lot better with a deep crunching baked crust.

If you want your bagel bites to be crunchier, preheat the oven to 425 degrees F and bake them for 14-16 minutes.

Keep in mind that whether you prepare them in the microwave or the oven, the crisping tray should always be removed. Slicing is slightly different if you oven-bake them. For these harder-to-cut pieces, you might need a proper bread-knife.

Homemade Italian Bagel bites microwave instructions

This first recipe is aimed at those people who prefer to cook in a microwave. In my opinion, it doesn’t taste as good, but it’s much faster and more practical.

Bagel Bites: Microwave & Oven Instructions ( Cook Time )
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Homemade Italian Bagel bites microwave instructions

If you long for bagel bites, but also fancy custom toppings, these home made treats will make your day. Easy to make, but unforgettable. 
Prep Time3 mins
Resting Time2 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American


  • Microwave


  • 2 tbsp Grated Parmesan cheese
  • 6 - 8 Sundried tomatoes
  • 6 - 8 Leaves of fresh basil or 1 tbsp of dried basil
  • 12 Plain mini bagels
  • 6 tbsp Crème fraîche


  • Spread crème fraîche on the plain bagels, using half a tbsp for each bite.
  • Cut the sundried tomatoes in half and distribute them evenly on each bagel.
  • If you have fresh basil on hand, grind a generous amount between your hands and toss it on the bagels, releasing the aromas from the leaves.
  • If you only have dried basil, that's fine too; just use a little less than you would if you had fresh basil.
  • Now, microwave the bagel bites for 3 minutes. Allow them to cool for 1 or 2 minutes before grating the Parmesan on top.
  • It is a crucial step because Parmesan loses a lot of flavors when cooked, so don't cook it.
  • Now all you have to do is enjoy the bagel bites!

Ricotta Fig & Honey Bagel bites oven instructions

This second recipe is made in the oven. It takes a few more minutes, but it’s worth the wait. The bagels taste simply spectacular!

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Ricotta Fig & Honey Bagel bites oven instructions

When you want to impress your guests with your culinary skills or just want a special snack once in a while, these fancy canapés are the go-to treats. Although the combination of ricotta, fig, and maple syrup sounds intriguing, it is an absolute delight for the senses and complements each other perfectly.
Prep Time3 mins
Bagel Bites Cook Time8 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American


  • Oven


  • 12 Plain mini bagels
  • 6 - 8 tbsp Ricotta
  • 1 tbsp Honey or maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp Black sesame seeds
  • 1 Sliced fig


  • A few hours before making the bagel bites, toast the black sesame seeds in a pan for 5 minutes on medium heat without using any oil.
  • Remove it from the heat and set it aside to cool. After it has reached room temperature, combine it with the ricotta and maple syrup.
  • Spread them evenly on each bite-sized bagel and top with thinly sliced figs. If you want to go all out, top them with a slice of Italian ham, such as prosciutto.
  • Bake the bites for 8 minutes at 350ºF in a preheated oven.
  • Your bagels are complete!


These bagel bites are best when oven-made, because the fig and honey caramelize perfectly, to have a smooth finish. These impressive treats are well worth making.

Should I cook bagel bites in microwave or oven?

The bagel bites can be cooked in the microwave or the oven; either way, they’ll be delicious. It is worth noting, however, that microwaved pastries and pasta are spongier and moister.

  • So, if you want a harder, crisper, and more evenly melted cheese, bake it in the oven.
  • The microwave, on the other hand, is more convenient for a quick snack.

Both are not required for some ingredients. If you want to use one of the most popular toppings, cured salmon, bake the bagels only, as cured salmon does not require baking. This is true for avocadoes as well.

Can I toast the bagel bites?

Toaster ovens are a third, and I must say, very convenient way to get the oven crispiness of a bagel while using the convenience of a microwave.

If you have a toaster oven, you should definitely use it to make bagel bites for a superb treat. They’re great for warming up morning pastries and toasting bagels.

They are more convenient because they heat up faster, cook faster, and use less energy than an oven, not to mention they take up much less space. If you prefer bagels with eggs, toasting is better for that too.

Final tips for how to cook bagel bites

These incredible bread buns are one of the most popular and diverse treats. Because of their convenient variety and quick prep time, they quickly became the go-to lunch for busy city folk.

The perfect bagel bites, whether homemade or kitchen-ready, are like a love child of pizza, club sandwich, and a toasted sandwich.

They can be fancy, or plain simple. You can keep them in the freezer for up to 2 months for your convenience. It’s no surprise that both kids and adults enjoy it so much.

They’re perfect for a midnight snack, an evening Netflix & Chill at home, or simply having some snacks on hand when entertaining guests.

If you don’t like cooking or spending too much time in the kitchen, simply buy some ready-made bagel bites and toss on some extra toppings for variety.

So, did you like my way of preparing bagel bites? Finally, I’m waiting for your comment below. Feel free to share your experience with me!

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