But before you jump ahead, toss an apple (pips and all) into the microwave and discover it’s not that easy, let’s explain the two methods for microwaving apples successfully:
How to Microwave Apples
You may be pleasantly surprised to hear that there are, in fact, multiple ways in which you can microwave apples depending on how you would like to enjoy them and why you’re microwaving them in the first place. We’ve got two delicious ways you can microwave apples with ease:
How to Microwave Whole Apples
Whole, baked apples make for an instant dessert. All you need is a drizzle of cream or a scoop of ice cream to complete it. But can you really cook a whole apple in the microwave in just a few minutes?
- Core Apples
Core the apples but try to leave the bottom intact. This is so you can easily fill the apples with a mixture of sugar and spice to pack them full of flavour. If you core all the way through then, the filling will fall out.
- Fill Apples
Fill each apple with a mixture made up of 1 tablespoon of brown sugar, half a teaspoon of nutmeg and half a teaspoon of cinnamon.
- Top with Butter
Top each apple with a teaspoon of butter just above the filling so that it melts into the centre of the apple as it is microwaved.
- Microwave for 4 Minutes
Place the apples into a microwave-safe dish, cover loosely, then microwave for 4 minutes for 2 apples. After 4 minutes, check that they are soft in the centre and allow them to cool slightly before serving.
How to Microwave Apple Pieces
If you want soft cubes of apple to place atop yoghurt for breakfast or as a warming addition to ice cream, this is the perfect way to cook apple cubes in the microwave. It’s a fully adaptable method, so don’t stick to the steps below if you want to use different spices or sweeteners.
- Prepare Apple
Cut an apple into cubes, slices, wedges or chunks. You can leave the skin on, or you can peel it. There are no hard and fast rules here. Consider how you want to eat the apple and cut it up accordingly.
- Place into a Bag
Grab a microwave-safe zip lock bag and place the apple into the bag.
- Add in Other Ingredients
Into the bag of apples, you want to add a few further ingredients. For every one apple you have used, you need to add in 1 teaspoon of sugar, a pinch of cinnamon and 1 tablespoon of water.
- Shake the Bag
Seal the bag up, then give the bag a good shake to ensure all the apple pieces are evenly coated in your spice and sugar mix.
Open a tiny corner of the bag to allow the bag to vent and then microwave on full power for 2 minutes. Check apple is cooked through. If it is not, then give it another quick blast for 30 seconds.
If you would prefer not to use a bag, you can do this in a microwave-safe dish. Mix the apple pieces and spices in a microwave-safe dish then cover loosely before microwaving.
3 Tips for Microwaving Apples
Before you get started with microwaving apples, give these three quick tips a read to give yourself even more chance of success:
- Try Different Apple Varieties – Every apple variety is unique. Some are sweet. Some are sharp. Others are bitter. Experiment with different apple varieties to see which works best for your needs.
- Experiment with Spices – We’ve kept things simple using traditional nutmeg and cinnamon in both of the options above. But don’t be shy. You can experiment with different spices. Why not try cardamom, allspice, vanilla, thyme or tonka bean.
- Be Careful – It will be hot! There will be a lot of steam when you open up the bag or uncover the apples, so give them a minute to stand before opening to avoid burns.
Advantages of Microwaved Apples
As you can imagine, there are a few advantages to cooking apples in the microwave as opposed to using the hob or oven:
- Super Quick
Stewed, cooked apples can take anywhere from 20 to 60 minutes to cook properly when doing so in a pan. You need to stand over it, stirring constantly. With the microwave, you toss it into a bag, give it a shake and then blast it for 2 minutes, and you’re done. There’s no denying that it’s far quicker!
There is literally no washing up to handle if you cook apple pieces in a bag. You can tip the apples into your serving bowl, throw out the bag, and all you need to clean are the bowls you eat out of. Compare that to the hob where you’ll need to clean both the pot and, most likely, the hob too.
Disadvantages of Microwaved Apples
Unfortunately, they might be quick and clean, but there are a couple of disadvantages to microwaving apples:
- Easy to Overcook
Unlike in a pan where a minute extra won’t make much difference, just 30 seconds too long in the microwave can be the difference between perfectly soft but held together apples and mush. Be careful not to overcook them.
- No Time for Flavour to Develop
Because the cooking time is so limited, there isn’t enough time for the spices to impact flavour deep into the flesh of the apple. They’ll still taste delicious, but it won’t have quite the depth of flavour that slowly stewed apples would have.
How to Reheat Apples in the Microwave
If you have stewed apples previously and now want to reheat them in the microwave, then give them a quick blast for 30 seconds in a microwave-safe dish. After 30 seconds, stir them, then give them another blast for a further 20 seconds.
Check that they are hot through. If they are not, you may need to microwave them for a final 20 seconds.
How to Defrost Apples in the Microwave
If you have frozen apples, then you can defrost them in the microwave. Turn the microwave to the lowest heat setting (or use the defrost setting), place the apple onto a microwave-safe dish and then zap them for 30 seconds.
After the first 30 seconds, check to see if they have defrosted enough. If they have not, give them another blast for a further 15 seconds and keep checking in 15-second intervals.
You might be surprised to hear that apples can be cooked in the microwave easily and successfully. If you’re pushed for time or want a quick dessert, then knowing that you can cook apples in the microwave in just a couple of minutes can be a huge lifeline.