Surprising foods you never knew you could microwave

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FORGET slaving over a hot stove or spending hours scrubbing dirty dishes.

Experts have revealed that culinary favourites like risotto, spaghetti, eggs and even brownies can be easily cooked in the microwave.

A list of nine surprising foods you never knew you could microwave was recently published by The Good Housekeeping Institute.

It revealed how to cook broccoli without boiling water and bacon without the need for it to sizzle in oil.

You can even knock up a risotto or spaghetti in the microwave, as long as they are put in appropriate containers.

Brownies, eggs (though not in their shells) and even dried fruit, nuts and breadcrumbs are all microwavable, as long as you know the correct way to do it.

Did you know you can cook brownies in the microwave? Picture: iStock

Did you know you can cook brownies in the microwave? Picture: iStockSource:istoc

Despite the negative connotations, the microwave is a valid piece of kitchen kit — and makes cooking quick and easy.

It all comes down to using the right equipment. Refrain from using cheap plastic containers, earthenware or stoneware ceramics in the microwave. Anything with metal parts, foil, plates with metallic trims and travel mugs are also no-nos.

Otherwise, there’s no reason why these nine foods shouldn’t taste utterly scrumptious prepared in the microwave.

Here’s how you can ace “ping cuisine”.

STEAMED VEGETABLES

Cook your greens in a jiffy. Picture: iStock

Cook your greens in a jiffy. Picture: iStockSource:istock

To steam your veg to perfection in the microwave, simply wash them and pop in a glass dish with a tablespoon of water.

Cover and cook for five minutes. What could be easier?

TOASTED NUTS OR BREADCRUMBS

Coat half a cup of nuts with a teaspoon of vegetable oil, spread evenly on plate then microwave for one minute. Picture: iStock

Coat half a cup of nuts with a teaspoon of vegetable oil, spread evenly on plate then microwave for one minute. Picture: iStockSource:istock

Did you know that you can toast nuts and breadcrumbs in the microwave? Who knew?

It’s easy too. Heat on high for a minute at a time, making sure you’re stirring in between bursts.

Ready when the nuts or breadcrumbs are evenly browned.

SPAGHETTI

Pasta can easily be cooked in the microwave. Picture: iStock

Pasta can easily be cooked in the microwave. Picture: iStockSource:istock

This culinary favourite can actually be cooked from scratch using the humble microwave — and it’s really not that complicated to do.

Place spaghetti with some oil, salt and boiling water in a large bowl and cook on high for one minute. Push the softened spaghetti into the water and cook for the suggested cooking time from the packet.

Strain and allow to cool a little before eating.

BACON

Believe it or not, bacon will go crispy when cooked in the microwave. Picture: iStock

Believe it or not, bacon will go crispy when cooked in the microwave. Picture: iStockSource:istock

No need for a barbecue or hotplate — bacon cooks just as well in the microwave.

Lay out your rashers on a plate covered with a paper towel. Place another sheet of paper towel on top to soak up any fat.

Cook on high for around four minutes, depending on the thickness of the bacon.

EGGS

You can microwave your eggs in so many different ways. Picture: iStock

You can microwave your eggs in so many different ways. Picture: iStockSource:istock

For scrambled, beat your eggs and then add a little oil and milk into a mug and cook in the microwave for 45 seconds on high.

Stir and cook again for another 30 seconds until almost set.

If you prefer poached, crack an egg into a microwave-safe container with three tablespoons of water.

Gently pierce the yolk and cook on high for 45 seconds, turn the dish and cook for a further 45 seconds.

For fried eggs, preheat a plate in the microwave and then add melted butter before cracking an egg in the centre.

Pierce the yolk gently and heat for 45 seconds on high.

BROWNIES

Brownies only take about five minutes in the microwave. Picture: iStock

Brownies only take about five minutes in the microwave. Picture: iStockSource:istock

If you’re after a sweet treat, than a brownie is sure to hit the spot.

While making a batch of brownies requires about an hour’s cooking time in the oven, in the microwave they are ready in just a few minutes.

First melt the butter in the microwave. Then add cocoa powder, sugar, eggs, flour and vanilla extract. Stir to combine, place mixture in a dish then cook on high for four or five minutes.

RISOTTO

The key to cooking risotto in the microwave is to do it in stages. Picture: iStock

The key to cooking risotto in the microwave is to do it in stages. Picture: iStockSource:istock

You can cook risotto in the microwave — you just need to do it in stages.

Combine the rice, wine and half the stock and cook for 10 minutes. Then, stir through more stock and cook for a further three minutes.

Finally, add any vegetables or meat and remaining stock and cook for seven minutes.

Make sure you leave it to cool for a few minutes before eating.

HOMEMADE DRIED FRUIT

Make this healthy snack just using a microwave. Picture: iStock

Make this healthy snack just using a microwave. Picture: iStockSource:istock

Use up your fruit by making a healthy dried fruit snack. Cut your fresh fruit in 5mm slices and lay them on baking paper.

Microwave on medium power for 10 minutes. Turn over and microwave on a low for 15 minutes.

DRIED HERBS

Save leftover herbs by drying them in the microwave. Picture: iStock

Save leftover herbs by drying them in the microwave. Picture: iStockSource:istock

Place herbs such as rosemary, thyme, oregano and sage on a paper towel-lined plate.

Cook on high for around one minute or until dried.

Crumble the herbs into an airtight container or jar.

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