Can You Microwave a Panini?

If you’re planning to enjoy a panini at lunchtime, then you might be wondering about the different ways that you can prepare it. Perhaps the best and most delicious way to cook a panini is on a grill, closely followed by heating it in a toaster oven.

But is it possible to microwave a panini and still enjoy a great tasting end result?

Yes, you can microwave a panini. The best way to go about it is to wrap your panini in a damp paper towel before placing it in the microwave for around thirty seconds. If you’re microwaving a panini with fillings, then you will need to leave it for slightly longer than this.

How to Microwave a Panini

Although using the microwave isn’t the best way to heat a panini, it is perhaps the simplest. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Prepare Panini
    Slice your panini and add any fillings (if you wish). Then, dampen two paper towels and wrap your panini in the towels. This will prevent the dough from drying out in the microwave. 
  2. Microwave
    Microwave your panini on full power for thirty seconds. You might want to increase this time slightly if you’ve filled it with cheese to ensure it melts fully. But be careful not to overdo it, as you don’t want the bread to dry out. 
  3. Serve and Enjoy
    Remove the paper towels from your panini and serve it up while it’s piping hot.

3 Tips for Microwaving a Panini

You now know how to microwave a panini, we’ve put together our top 3 tips to ensure things go well for you:

Finish it on the Grill
We’re of the opinion that a panini tastes better when it’s crispy on the outside. With this in mind, it’s best to finish it off on the grill for a minute or so once you have microwaved it, as this will improve its texture. 

Choose Fillings Wisely
Some fillings don’t respond well to being microwaved and shouldn’t be included on your panini. Avoid things like salad and soft cheese, as these will be far from appetizing. If you’re planning to microwave a filled panini, keep things simple with something like ham and cheese, and you shouldn’t have any issues. 

Microwave from Frozen
It’s possible to microwave a panini from frozen, both to defrost it and to reheat it. You will just need to adjust the timings to ensure you microwave it to your liking. 

Advantages of Microwaved Panini

Although a panini is best prepared in a toaster oven or on the grill, microwaving a panini has certain advantages, including:

  1. It’s Ready in Seconds
    It shouldn’t take any longer than 30-45 seconds to microwave a panini, making it the quickest way to prepare it. 
  2. No Mess
    Once you’ve microwaved your panini, you can put the plate straight in the dishwasher, and you’re all done. You don’t need to worry about cleaning out the grill or sandwich toaster, for instance. 

Disadvantages of Microwaved Panini

Microwaving a panini isn’t the best way to prepare it for the following reasons:

  1. It Doesn’t Taste as Good
    There’s no getting away from the fact that a microwaved panini simply doesn’t taste as good as a toasted panini. If you’re looking for quality, avoid using the microwave! 
  2. You can Ruin the Dough
    If you don’t get the timing right, microwaving a panini can cause it to go soggy or hard, depending on how you heat it—as such, microwaving a panini isn’t necessarily the smartest move. 

How to Reheat a Panini in the Microwave

If you’ve already cooked a filled panini, then you can reheat it relatively easily in the microwave. Just like the process introduced above, you can reheat a panini by covering it in a paper towel and microwaving it for around thirty seconds or until it’s piping hot.

Again, we would recommend finishing it off in the grill to ensure it’s nice and crispy if you have the option.

How to Defrost a Panini in the Microwave

To defrost a panini, remove it from the freezer and place it straight into the microwave, covering it with a paper towel. Then, on low power, defrost it for ninety seconds or so before checking its progress.

If it hasn’t fully thawed, return it to the microwave for another thirty seconds until it is ready. You can then proceed with heating it in any way that you choose.

Final Summary

While you can microwave a panini, doing so won’t taste as good as a panini that has been grilled or prepared in a toaster oven. So, with this in mind, we would only recommend microwaving a panini if you don’t have any other option.