Can You Microwave Cheese?

You may know that you can microwave cheese but you don’t know how. Below we have outlined the best approach to take to melt cheese in the microwave and have included are 3 vital tips for doing so:

How to Microwave Cheese

The good news is that there’s nothing overly complicated about melting cheese. You will need to follow the steps below to get the melted texture that you desire:

  1. Grate
    Using a grater, grate however much cheese you are planning to melt in the microwave. If you don’t have a grater, cut your cheese into thin slices and then dice them up into small squares. The smaller they are, the quicker they will melt.
  2. Place in a Microwave-Safe Dish
    Transfer your grated or sliced cheese to an appropriately sized microwave-safe dish and place in the microwave.
  3. Microwave
    Heat your cheese for 15-20 seconds before removing the dish and checking on its consistency. You should stir the cheese and then return it to the microwave. You should continue this process until it has melted sufficiently.
  4. Enjoy
    When your cheese is soft and hot, it’s ready to use for your intended purpose. You don’t need us to tell you to enjoy melted cheese, though, do you?

3 Tips for Microwaving Cheese

If you want to have complete success when microwaving cheese, make sure you follow these three simple tips:

  • Don’t Overdo It – Bear in mind that not all cheese melts in the same way. Hard cheeses like cheddar will take a little while to melt, as they don’t contain much moisture. Soft cheeses like mozzarella, on the other hand, will melt much quicker. As such, you need to be careful not to overdo it in the microwave, or you will cause it to burn.
  • Wash Bowl While the Cheese is Still Soft – Melted cheese that has hardened is notoriously difficult to remove from dishes. It’s best to wash your bowl while the remaining cheese is still soft and the microwave dish is still warm, so you don’t have to struggle with it later.
  • Use a Bowl or Dish, Not a Plate -If you melt cheese in the microwave on a plate, it will run off the side as it melts, leaving you with a considerable clean-up operation on your hands!

Advantages of Microwaved Cheese

As you can imagine, there are a couple of benefits to microwaving cheese:

  1. Quick and Easy
    Cheese melts in a matter of seconds in the microwave. You will have your melted cheese in no time and will be able to get on with enjoying your meal.
  2. Less to Clean Up
    Instead of having to clean pans and other kitchen items, microwaving cheese means you only have to clean the microwave dish and you’re all set. Anything that saves on washing up is a huge bonus in the kitchen!

Disadvantages of Microwaved Cheese

Unfortunately, it’s not all good news as there are a couple of drawbacks you need to know before you opt for microwaving cheese:

  1. It Might Burn
    If you don’t regularly check your cheese every 15 seconds or so, you can easily burn it in the microwave. Burnt cheese (when melted) will taste rubbery and greasy.
  2. It’s Hard to Get the Timing Right
    Because there are so many types of cheese, you will have to utilise some trial and error to work out how long to microwave each of them for.

How to Reheat Cheese in the Microwave

We wouldn’t recommend reheating cheese in the microwave. Melting cheese completely changes its texture, and you will need to use it almost straight away once it has been melted.

Reheating it again will cause it to go rubbery, and it won’t taste nice. Given how delicious melted cheese is, you probably won’t have any leftovers to worry about reheating!

How to Defrost Cheese in the Microwave

The best way to defrost cheese is to place it in the fridge until it has thawed. However, if you’re really in a hurry, you can defrost it in the microwave, but you need to be extremely careful not to overdo it and cause it to start melting.

If your goal is to defrost it in the microwave, only do so if you have a defrost setting on your machine, as you don’t want it to start cooking.

Final Summary

Microwaving cheese is an excellent way of melting it without much effort at all. Just remember that various cheeses melt at different rates, so be careful not to burn your cheese in the microwave as it will go rubbery and greasy.