Can You Microwave Mushrooms?

Microwaving mushrooms is both quick and healthy, but how do you actually go about doing so successfully? Read through the article below and you’ll discover the ins and outs of microwaving mushrooms along with a few tips and tricks to follow along the way:

How to Microwave Mushrooms

Microwaving is a really easy process to do. You might even start to wonder why you haven’t been cooking mushrooms this way for years.

  1. Slice
    Slice your mushrooms to make them easier to cook and eat.
  2. Place Into a Bowl
    Pop the mushrooms into a bowl that is suitable to put in the microwave.
  3. Cover
    Cover with a lid or a small plate.
  4. Heat for 1 Minute
    Heat on full power for about a minute then stir.
  5. Microwave for a Further Minute
    After stirring heat for about one to two minutes until the mushrooms are cooked.

Once cooked, you can add seasoning or herbs such as parsley to elevate them that little further.

Microwaved Mushrooms

3 Tips for Microwaving Mushrooms

If you want to have complete success when using the microwave to cook mushrooms then make sure you follow these three simple tips:

  • Don’t Add Oil or Butter – You don’t need to add oil or butter to help them cook but if you want to add flavour you could add a little teriyaki or soy sauce. This adds flavour without adding oil or other fats.
  • Always Wash and Slice – Always wash and slice your mushrooms before cooking them in the microwave. If you leave them whole they will take longer to cook and it would be easy for them to end up rubbery on the outside and raw in the middle.
  • Expect Heat – Be careful when you take the mushrooms out of the microwave they may be very hot due to the water content in the mushrooms. Use an oven glove and give them a minute to rest before serving.

Advantages of Microwaved Mushrooms

As we’ve already mentioned, there are a couple of clear benefits to using the microwave to cook mushrooms:

  1. Speedy
    One advantage of cooking mushrooms in the microwave is the speed at which you can have freshly cooked mushrooms. It takes two to three minutes and it tastes great.
  2. Healthy
    It is now thought that microwaving is one of the healthier ways to cook mushrooms. The other healthy method would be to grill them but that takes a little longer than cooking them in the microwave. Cooking them for a short amount of time without fat locks in nutrients and keeps them low calorie.

Disadvantages of Microwaved Mushrooms

Unfortunately, it’s not all good news. There are a few drawbacks you need to be aware of when using the microwave:

  1. Easy to Overcook
    It is very easy to overcook mushrooms in the microwave and this can be a disaster and make them inedible. Because they have such a short cooking time it only takes a few seconds too long in the microwave to turn them from a delicious addition to your meal to a rubbery and inedible mess.
  2. Restricted
    There is only really one method of cooking mushrooms and that’s by slicing them up. If you want roasted or grilled whole mushrooms then you are still better off doing this in the oven as you are unlikely to have a lot of success trying to do it in the microwave.

How to Reheat Mushrooms in the Microwave

When it comes to needing to reheat mushrooms in the microwave do so very carefully. They would overcook very easily. Overcooked mushrooms are not pleasant to eat at all. They become tough and rubbery and you may struggle to eat them at all.

To reheat pop the sliced mushrooms into a bowl, cover and pop them into the microwave for about thirty seconds. Give them a stir and then pop them in for another ten seconds or so. Check them to check they are hot and keep repeating the process a few seconds at a time until they are hot.

How to Defrost Mushrooms in the Microwave

One of the best things about frozen mushrooms is that you don’t need to thaw them out at all. You can cook them right from frozen! You can use the same method outlined above just add a few extra seconds on to allow for them to thaw before cooking.

Final Summary

Mushrooms are perfect for cooking in the microwave. They are better for you because this method of cooking keeps more nutrition in the mushroom and it’s easy and quick to do too.

The only reason you wouldn’t want to cook mushrooms in the microwave is if you want to have whole mushrooms, then it would be better to grill, roast or bake the mushrooms.