Can You Microwave Black Pudding?

We won’t tell you what black pudding consists of. You either know already, don’t care, or don’t want to know! But in spite of its curious composition, black pudding is a very popular breakfast option and is a feature on many full English (and Scottish) cooked breakfasts.

Although it’s most commonly cooked in a frying pan, on the grill, or in the oven, can you microwave black pudding instead? 

Yes, you can microwave black pudding. Although your black pudding won’t be nice and crispy, microwaving it certainly saves you time and is ready in a couple of minutes. 

How to Microwave Black Pudding

It’s fair to describe black pudding as divisive! Some love it; others hate it. But as a popular breakfast option, you’ll be pleased to hear you can microwave it in a matter of minutes, saving you the time and hassle of preparing it on the stovetop or in the oven.

Here’s how to go about it: 

  1. Remove Wrapping & Slice (If Necessary)
    If you have a block of black pudding, you will need to cut it into slices before you microwave it. You should also remove any wrap or seal that has been used to hold your black pudding together. 
  2. Place on a Microwave-Safe Plate
    Put your slices of black pudding on a microwave-safe plate, so they’re side-by-side and not touching. 
  3. Heat
    On your microwave’s highest setting, cook your black pudding for sixty seconds. You can then check it for doneness and then cook it for a further 30-60 seconds if necessary. 
  4. Check Temperature
    You will need to check that your black pudding is up to 75C or 165F before eating it. 
  5. Serve and Enjoy
    Add your black pudding to your cooked breakfast and enjoy!

3 Tips for Microwaving Black Pudding

Although microwaving black pudding is pretty easy, here are three tips to keep you on the straight and narrow: 

Finish it in the Frying Pan
If you’re rustling up a delicious cooked breakfast for yourself and have the frying pan out, consider throwing your black pudding into the oil for 20 seconds on each side after you’ve taken it out of the microwave. This will make it nice and crispy and will improve its texture. 

Microwave from Chilled
You might decide to freeze your black pudding to preserve it for that little bit longer. While this is fine, you should defrost it before you cook it in the microwave. We explain how to defrost black pudding in the microwave in a section below. 

Explore Other Ways of Cooking Black Pudding
Of all the ways to cook black pudding, microwaving it probably produces the most disappointing results. It’s much better fried, grilled, or even oven-baked. If you’re not in a rush, consider cooking your black pudding differently.

Advantages of Microwaved Black Pudding

Microwaving black pudding is a good option for the following reasons: 

  1. It’s the Quickest Way to Cook It
    Cooking black pudding should take no more than 90 seconds on full power. Therefore, if you’ve forgotten to cook it at the same time as your other breakfast ingredients, you can fire it in the microwave and cook it quickly.
  2. You Don’t Have to Dirty Your Grill or Frying Pan
    If you’re cooking black pudding on its own, you probably don’t want to dirty your grill or pan just for the sake of it. Cooking black pudding in the microwave saves you some time when it comes to the dishes much like other breakfast staples (bacon included).

Disadvantages of Microwaved Black Pudding

We’ve already alluded to the fact that microwaving black pudding isn’t the best way to cook it, and here’s why:

  1. Disappointing Texture
    Most people love black pudding that is crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Microwaved black pudding tends to be soft all over and isn’t overly exciting! 
  2. Easy to Overcook
    If you leave your black pudding in the microwave for too long, it will spoil and dry out. It should take no more than ninety seconds, but you should check it after a minute to check its doneness. 

How to Reheat Black Pudding in the Microwave

The best way to reheat black pudding that has already been cooked is in the frying pan. However, you can reheat it in the microwave, but you need to be really careful not to dry it out. Begin by placing your black pudding on a microwave-safe plate and cover it with film or a paper towel. 

 Then, on your microwave’s medium setting, reheat your black pudding for thirty seconds at a time, checking its doneness each time. When piping hot (75C or 165F), it will be ready to serve and enjoy.

How to Defrost Black Pudding in the Microwave

It’s always a good idea to defrost black pudding before cooking it, as this ensures it cooks evenly throughout. While the best way to thaw black pudding is in the fridge overnight, you can also defrost it in the microwave. 

Remove it from its wrapping and place it on a microwave-safe plate. Then, on your microwave’s defrost setting, thaw it in sixty-second intervals and check it after each blast. It takes anywhere between 2-4 minutes to defrost black pudding in the microwave.

Final Summary

Cooking black pudding in the microwave is definitely the quickest way to cook it, but it’s not the best. But providing you thaw it beforehand (if necessary) and are careful not to overcook it, you should encounter no problems when cooking your black pudding in the microwave.