Can You Microwave Stuffing?

If you’ve decided that microwaving stuffing is the way you want to go then make sure you stick with these simple rules and methods:

How to Microwave Stuffing

Before you start, check the instructions on the packaging. Many types of packet stuffing have instructions for the microwave already and you should always follow these first. If you are still wondering how to microwave stuffing here is a few steps you can take.

  1. Prepare Bowl
    Grab yourself a suitable bowl or jug that can be used in the microwave. A glass bowl works brilliantly. But, if you have other bowls these should work fine as long as they are microwave safe.
  2. Add Stuffing
    Pour the amount of stuffing you want to into the bowl. The packaging should be able to help you with portion guidelines.
  3. Add Butter
    Pop about 30 grams of butter into the bowl too for added flavour.
  4. Pour In Boiling Water
    Boil a kettle and then pour the boiling water over the stuffing so that the water just covers the stuffing. You need to pour the water slowly to allow the stuffing to absorb the water.
  5. Stir
    Stir the mixture gently until it is combined and then leave the stuffing mix on the side for about ten minutes. During this time you should notice the stuffing puffing up.
  6. Keep Stirring
    Give the mixture another gentle stir and check you are happy with the consistency. If the mixture is a little dry then you can add a little more hot water until you are happy.
  7. Prepare Stuffing
    Next, you can choose how you want to microwave the stuffing. You can roll the stuffing into bowls and place them on a plate of you can cook it as it is in the bowl and jug. The choice of presentation is yours!
  8. Microwave
    Once you have decided then pop the stuffing into the microwave for about a minute just before you are ready to serve up dinner.

3 Tips for Microwaving Stuffing

Before you start microwaving stuffing, make sure you give these 3 simple tips a read:

  • Grill – There is a problem with choosing to microwave your stuffing and that is that you don’t get the crispy crust you get when baking. For many people, this isn’t important but some can’t imagine their stuffing any other way! If you do want to give this ‘baked in the oven’ feel to the stuffing you can pop the stuffing under the grill for a minute or two at the end to help crisp up the edges.
  • Add Garlic or Chilli – If you want to personalise your stuffing you can always add in some of your own flavours. Try adding a little garlic or even a little chilli and see what works for you.
  • Be Patient – When making stuffing patience is key. When your stuffing is sitting on the side you do need to leave it alone and let it absorb all the water without stirring it or messing with it too much. This will mean you get much better results and a much tastier stuffing.

Advantages of Microwaved Stuffing

As you can well imagine, there are so obvious benefits to using the microwave:

  1. Quick
    When it comes to microwaving stuffing you can’t beat just how quick and easy it is. When you are cooking a roast dinner your oven is usually already overloaded and full, without adding in extra stuffing! Using the microwave takes away a lot of the pressure out of the meal preparations.
  2. Prepared in Advance
    Microwaved stuffing can be made early and then cooked in the microwave at the last minute. This ensures that your stuffing ends up perfectly hot just when you need it rather than trying to balance cooking a whole meal in an oven.

Disadvantages of Microwaved Stuffing

You should be aware of the two main negatives to using the microwave to cook stuffing, however:

  1. No Crust
    There is one major problem with microwaved stuffing and that’s the crispy brown crust. If you cook your stuffing in the microwave you won’t get this and your stuffing may be a little moister than you are used to.
  2. Easy to Get Wrong
    It is fairly easy to get microwaved stuffing wrong. Not because it’s difficult to make but because it’s easy to forget it and end up microwaving it not enough, or too much! When you are at the end of cooking a roast dinner you usually already have a ton of other things to juggle and think about and it’s easy to forget what is left in the microwave.

How to Reheat Stuffing in the Microwave

To reheat your stuffing in the microwave you can just pop it into a bowl that is safe to put in the microwave and pop it into the microwave for a minute or two. Check the stuffing and give it a gentle stir and put it back in again.

Keep checking the stuffing every minute until it is warmed all the way through.

How to Defrost Stuffing in the Microwave

When you freeze stuffing it can change the texture a little which changes the flavour a little. To avoid this don’t thaw out the stuffing before reheating. Just pop it in the oven and bake until it is defrosted and hot all the way through.

Final Summary

Microwaved stuffing is a great option if you want to simplify your cooking processes. It’s easy and quick and as long as you don’t forget about it. You can even prepare it early and then just cook in the final minutes before serving up your dinner.