Can You Microwave Coconut Oil?

Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as popping a jar of coconut oil into the microwave and zapping it for a minute. There are a few steps you will need to take before you melt coconut oil in the microwave:

How to Microwave Coconut Oil

These are the steps to take to melt coconut oil in a matter of seconds. Make sure you follow these to have the greatest success:

  1. Spoon into Microwave-Safe Dish
    Spoon the amount of coconut oil you want to use into a microwave-safe dish. You don’t want to melt too much as resetting and melting again further down the line can be detrimental to the flavour.
  2. Cover
    Cover the dish either with a microwave-safe lid or cling film. You may want to leave a small corner open to allow excess steam to escape.
  3. Microwave on Medium Power for 15 Seconds
    Use a medium or low power setting and microwave the coconut oil for 15 seconds.
  4. Stir
    Remove from the microwave and give it a stir. It is likely to be quite lumpy still.
  5. Microwave for a Final 10 Seconds
    Continue to microwave it for a final 10 to 15 seconds until it has completely melted.

Melted Coconut Oil Microwave

3 Tips for Microwaving Coconut Oil

These tips will help you have the greatest success when melting the coconut oil in the microwave:

  • Keep it Covered – Coconut oil can spit and explode in the microwave as you melt it so keep it covered to avoid any major spillages.
  • Microwave on Lower Power – Another way to ensure coconut oil doesn’t explode all over your microwave is to keep the power on a lower setting. Using a higher setting can heat the water particles too quickly which causes them to turn to steam and explode out of the oil.
  • Watch It Closely – Every microwave oven is different. It will take around 20-30 seconds to melt coconut oil but keep a close eye on it. As soon as it has pretty much melted, take it out.

Advantages of Microwaved Coconut Oil

There are a few advantages to melting the coconut oil in this way:

  1. Doesn’t Get Much Quicker
    There’s no denying that melting the coconut oil in this way is quick. In just 20 seconds or so, you can go from having solid coconut oil to having perfectly melted coconut oil.
  2. Generally, Mess-Free
    With just a bowl and a spoon needed, there’s very little to clean up after melting the coconut oil in this way. Provided that you use a lower power setting and cover the bowl, there is also very little risk of making a mess.

Disadvantages of Microwaved Coconut Oil

However, you do need to be aware of the disadvantages as there are a couple:

  1. Exploding Water Particles
    If you use a high power setting then there is a chance that the water particles will heat up rapidly, turn to steam and then explode out of the coconut oil leaving you with a mess to clean up.
  2. You May Lose Some Health Benefits
    Chances are, if you’re using coconut oil then it is for the health benefits. By using a quick and high-heat method for melting coconut oil, there is a risk that some of these health benefits will be lost. This is why we recommend using a lower microwave setting. However, the best way to melt coconut oil is to submerge it into a bowl of warm water.

How to Defrost Coconut Oil in the Microwave

Provided that you have stored your coconut oil in portions in the freezer, then the process for defrosting it using the microwave is similar to melting it. Place a portion of frozen coconut oil into a dish, cover, microwave on the defrost setting or low power setting for 15 seconds and give it a stir.

Continue to repeat this process until the coconut oil has fully melted. It may take a little longer from frozen but the process is exactly the same, fortunately.

Final Summary

Coconut oil can be melted successfully in the microwave. It is a super quick method for melting coconut oil. The only major drawback is that there is a risk you will lose some of the health benefits of coconut oil through this fast heating process.