Microwaving porridge is a time-saving way to cook up a filling breakfast. But if you want to know the exact steps for doing so successfully, you’ll need to read on:
How to Microwave Porridge
If you have instant oats then microwaving should be pretty simple to do. Always check the packaging to see how to cook it first. If in doubt then you should be able to cook most types of porridge using this method.
- Check Packet
Check the packaging for portion sizes and the amount of water you need.
- Add to a Bowl
Put both the oats and the water into a large bowl or jug that is microwave-safe. You need this to be large because porridge has a habit of expanding and overspilling when in the microwave.
Cover the bowl with a lid or an upturned plate.
Heat for about three minutes for instant or porridge oats and for other types such as steel-cut oats heat for five minutes.
Uncover the porridge and give it a stir. Then put it back into the microwave for another three to five minutes. If you don’t feel the porridge needs this extra time then you can stop cooking and eat your breakfast.
Check the temperature and texture of the porridge and if it needs a little longer then keep microwaving for intervals of about a minute. Always check the porridge between each minute.
3 Tips for Microwaving Porridge
To ensure you have the greatest of success when microwaving porridge, we’d recommend following these 3 tips:
- Avoid Mess – One of the big problems that can happen when you microwave porridge is the mess it makes. As the oats cook the porridge expands and then deflates again as it cools. This means you often find the porridge has exploded over the top of the bowl and made a sticky mess. To avoid this use a larger jug or bowl and check it regularly. If it is showing signs of spilling over then take it out and give it a stir. It will probably be done and ready to eat too.
- Add Cinnamon and Sugar – If you want to add some sweetness to your morning porridge try adding a dash of cinnamon and a teaspoon of sugar. Delicious, warming and the perfect start to the day.
- Make It Creamy – You can make your porridge a little creamier by using milk instead of water. It will add a few extra calories but it is delicious and worth it as a treat.
Advantages of Microwaved Porridge
It’s fairly obvious that there are some benefits to using the microwave to cook porridge in the morning
- So Easy
The biggest advantage to cooking your porridge in the microwave is how easy it is. You can prepare your porridge as you get ready for work in the morning and still have time to eat it before leaving for work.
Cooking your porridge in a microwave is versatile too. You can add different flavours as you cook it. If you are short on time you can even take it to work with you and cook your breakfast at the office before starting work.
Disadvantages of Microwaved Porridge
Unfortunately, microwaving porridge isn’t without its problems:
- Can Explode
It is very easy for porridge to explode in the microwave and spill out over the top of your bowl or jug. This may not seem like too much of a problem, but porridge sets almost like concrete and is very difficult to clean when it is cooked onto the microwave plate.
- Easy to Overcook
It is also easy to overcook and dry out your porridge. As you probably already know, things can go from uncooked to burning hot in a matter of seconds when using a microwave and this is true for porridge too. Always check your porridge regularly to avoid this.
How to Reheat Porridge in the Microwave
There is nothing worse than cold porridge but luckily you can avoid this by reheating it in the microwave. All you need to do is pop it into a suitable bowl and place it in the microwave and heat for a minute or two.
Give the porridge a stir and heat again for another minute. Keep repeating until the porridge is the perfect temperature to eat.
How to Defrost Porridge in the Microwave
The best way to thaw out frozen porridge is in the microwave. You can thaw it and reheat it at the same time! All you need to do is pop the frozen porridge into a bowl and heat it for a couple of minutes. Stir and then heat for another minute.
If the porridge isn’t fully thawed and heated put it back in the microwave for another minute and keep repeating this step until the porridge is ready to eat.
Porridge is a great meal at breakfast time and you can make your life a little easier by using a microwave. It’s easy to cook your breakfast and as long as you watch it carefully it should be a relatively mess-free way of cooking it too.
There is no excuse to miss breakfast!