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How to make Microwave Iced Tea

by Stephanie

If you’re from Texas or just about any southern state, Iced Tea is the drink of choice pretty much year round. You can order it at any restaurant, and most people always have a pitcher full at home. This post contains affiliate links.

A mason jar glass full of ice and iced tea with a white straw with a pitcher of tea behind it.

The best part is, it’s so easy to make, especially in the microwave. I’ve been making tea in the microwave for as long as I can remember.

How do you make Iced Tea in the microwave?

I use a glass Pyrex pitcher. Usually I use the 4-cup size, but if it’s dirty, I’ll use the 2-cup size. I have a set of 3 sizes, 1 cup, 2 cup, and 4 cup, and I use these measuring cups all the time.

To make a pitcher of tea, I like to use the family-size tea bags. Red Diamond Tea Bags are our favorite, but Luzianne and Lipton are good choices, too.

If you just have regular-sized tea bags and not a family size, I use 4 tea bags to make a pitcher of tea.

I fill the Pyrex glass pitcher to 4 cups add the tea bags and cook it in the microwave for 5-6 minutes. Then, I let it sit for another 5 minutes to steep before transferring it to the big pitcher.

How do you make Unsweet Iced Tea?

I make unsweet tea this exact same way and just leave out the sugar.

How do you make Sweet Iced Tea?

When making sweet tea, this is the time when you add the sugar. When you add it to the tea when it’s hot, the sugar will all dissolve and make it perfectly sweet.

After you’ve completely dissolved the sugar, then fill the big pitcher up with cold water. I usually make tea in a 2 1/2 quart pitcher or a gallon-size pitcher.

Now it’s time to make a glass. Make sure you fill the glass with ice because the tea is still going to be warm.

My personal favorite way to drink iced tea is with lemon or lime slices squeezed into it. Some people like mint leaves added.

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Microwave Iced Tea
Yield: 1 pitcher of iced tea

Microwave Iced Tea

Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 13 minutes


  • water
  • tea bags
  • 1/2 to 1 cup of sugar


  1. Fill a glass Pyrex 4-cup pitcher with water.
  2. Add a family-size tea bag.
  3. Microwave for 5-6 minutes.
  4. Allow it to steep for an additional 4-5 minutes. Dunking the tea bags will make it stronger.
  5. Pour the tea into a 2-quart or 1-gallon pitcher.
  6. Add the sugar and mix until completely dissolved.
  7. Fill the pitcher up with water and mix with the tea.
  8. Serve over ice.
  9. Add lemon or lime slices if desired.


I like to use just 1/2 cup of sugar for sweet iced tea. But, traditionally, people often add 1 cup of sugar.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 97Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 0gSugar: 25gProtein: 0g

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