Often used to reheat food, les lunch box, dishes prepared quickly and associated with industrial food, the microwave is wrongly abandoned while it is full of resources! Although its use is controversial, it can be used to cook food much faster than if you were using an oven or pan.
If your kitchen is too small to install an oven, or if you are in a hurry, the microwave has many advantages for save time in the kitchen ! Here are the best tips and recipes for cooking in the microwave!
Baking cakes with a microwave
If there is one dish that made us discover the usefulness of the microwave, it is dessert! Thanks with many Mug cake recipes and now from Bowl cake, it is possible to make a healthy breakfast or a little gourmet pleasure in less than 5 minutes, without embarking on the making of a cake and without equipment!
To prepare a chocolate mug cake, take a mug and the following ingredients:
- 40 g chocolate
- 40 g butter
- 30 g sugar
- 20 g flour
- 1 egg
Still in this same mug, we melt the chocolate and the butter together, then add the egg, the sugar and finally the flour. Once the dough is homogeneous, you can start cooking. Let’s go for 40 seconds in the microwave at full power and here is an individual homemade cake!
The Bowl cake uses exactly the same principle as the Mug Cake, except that it is prepared in a bowl and contains oatmeal, which makes it a little healthier but not less good!
With some ingredients, a mug and a microwave, you can cook desserts in less than 5 minutes and effortlessly!
Cook fish in the microwave
To obtain perfect cooking, you can use a silicone foil specially designed for the microwave or a glass dish by covering it with cling film.
Time level, 1 to 5 minutes is enough depending on the thickness of the fish. To prevent it from drying out, you will not need to add water, but a little white wine or lemon juice will add flavor to your preparation.
Like fish, white meat can suffer the same fate and be perfectly cooked, even in the microwave using the same equipment!
Cook potatoes in the microwave
An unexpected raclette and no potatoes cooked on hand? Do not panic, it is possible to cook potatoes in no time thanks to a device that we all have in our kitchen: the microwave. A much faster option than cooking with water.
To cook potatoes, you can use steam cookers that pass directly into the microwave. If you don’t have one, there are also specially designed cloth bags to welcome your little potatoes and cook them as if by magic, in 4 minutes in the microwave!
Crisps are also cooked in the microwave. You just have to thin slices of potato using a mandolin, place them on a plate, add oil, a little herbs and go for 4 to 5 minutes at full power. If the chips are still a little soft, do not hesitate to add a few additional seconds to obtain the desired texture!
Cook a sweet potato in the microwave
Without any special equipment, cooking sweet potato can also be done in the microwave.
To get a heart-melting food, start with:
- wash the sweet potatoes
- cut with a knife
- wrap the ingredients in a piece of paper towel (as thin as possible)
- place the sweet potatoes on a plate
- cook for 3 minutes
- turn the potatoes over and cook for 3 minutes
To check that your sweet potato is well cooked, plant a knife to estimate if the flesh is soft, otherwise do not hesitate to put it back to cook, still wrapped in its absorbent paper.
How to cook pasta in the microwave?
A sudden desire for dough, but lazy to bring water to a boil in a saucepan and then wait for the pasta to cook? Turn around to the microwave. This forgotten cook can cook pasta, although it will take a little longer than in a pan on the fire.
In a glass or ceramic container, place:
- 1 volume of pasta
- 3.5 times this volume of water
Let’s go for 18 minutes of cooking at 750W, remembering to stir regularly (every 5 minutes approximately). All you have left isto add a sauce, vegetables, meat and a meal ready in no time!
How to cook vegetables in the microwave?
It is not always easy to eat cooked vegetables when you have little time to prepare your meal. No more excuses with these techniques for quickly cook vegetables in the microwave !
- With a dish suitable for steam cooking
Fast and above all very healthy, steaming keeps all the nutritional qualities food without adding fat. Place the rinsed vegetables in the steamer and go for 5 to 10 minutes, depending on the quantity and power of your appliance. It’s ready !
- With a simple plastic film
If you do not have a specific accessory for steam cooking in the microwave, you can also get by with the means at hand. In a bowl, for example, place raw vegetables such as green beans. Add a tablespoon of olive oil, season with garlic, cover withplastic food film and let’s go for 65 seconds at 850W.
Plus no excuse for not eating healthy with these tips that will allow you to cook quickly and only with a microwave!