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How to steam in the microwave: a guide to steaming in the microwave. Recipes and practical tips to obtain perfect cooking.
Themicrowave ovenis a very versatile cooking tool and among its opportunities it allows us to steaming food.
How to steam in the microwave? Here is a quick guide that will explain how you can steam foods in the microwave, from fish to vegetables.
With the microwave it is possible steam cooking meat, fish and vegetables. The only condition for steam in the microwave is to arm yourself with a special plastic container. The container in question must be compatible with microwave cooking and equipped with a compartment designed to minimize contact between food steam in the microwave and the cooking water.
Use the microwave for steaming and more
With the microwave we can do several things in the kitchen even if this tool is far too underestimated. Many of us just use the microwave to:
- warm up pre-cooked food
- Heat the milk
- Defrost the food
- Melt the crystallized honey
- Melt the chocolate in the bar
The reality, with the microwave we can steam foodis:
- toast the dried fruit
- Dry mushrooms, spices and other vegetables to keep them longer. To understand how not to throw away rosemary and parsley, you can follow the guide "how to dry parsley in the oven“.
- Bake sweets and rustics.
- Sterilize the jars and bottles. For the complete guide, please read the pagehow to sterilize in the microwave.
After this brief introduction, let's get to the heart and see how thesteaming in the microwave.
How to steam in the microwave
As stated, forsteam in the microwaveyou need to have a special set of steaming in plastic, born precisely to allow the steaming in the microwave.
The devices that allow steaming in the microwave consist of a plastic pot, a perforated basket and a lid. The size and shape are suitable for the microwave.
To steam cook in the microwave, just put a cup of water in the base of the pot, add the food to be cooked in the basket and cover with the lid.
It is real microwave steamer! At the time of purchase, make sure that the components are produced with material suitable for food and above all suitable for microwave cooking and resistant up to a temperature of 200 ° C.
The microwave steamerthey can also be washed in the dishwasher or placed in the refrigerator or freezer.
Among the variousmicrowave steamerpresent on the market we point out the 2.2 l Kitchen Craft steamer for its excellent value for money: it can be bought with € 8.89, it is composed of three parts and very easy to use.
Its dimensions make it suitable even for smaller microwave ovens (it is about 14 cm high and has a diameter of 21 cm). Whichever product you buy, be sure to buy a certified containernon-toxic, therefore free of potentially harmful plastic compounds such as BPA, PFOA and PTFE.
There steaming in the microwave it is very fast: the cooking times for the potatoes are about 8 minutes at a power of 700 watts, it is possible to reduce the power and the cooking time by slicing the potatoes and vegetables into thinner strips.
For all steaming times in the microwave, you can rely on those of the classic steamers or our table published on the pageSteam cooking times.
How do you steam in the microwave?
For the steaming in the microwave all you have to do is add a few cm of water to the base, fill the basket with the vegetables or fish to be cooked, cover with the lid and place in the microwave.
Steaming in the microwave, recipes
Here are some recipes that will allow you to make the most of the advantages of steam cooking through the use of the microwave.
Steamed vegetables in the microwave
What is needed forsteam vegetables in the microwave:
- 100 gr of green beans
- 2 courgettes
- 1 potato
- Container for steaming in the microwave
Here's how to cook vegetables in the microwave using steam cooking.
- Slice the vegetables and arrange them in the basket.
- Fill the base of the container with a few cm of water.
- Set the microwave to 700 watts and cook for 6 minutes.
How to understand the right power?
Many microwave ovens such as Whirlpool or Ariston's Hotpoint line have no indicated power but use symbols.
The photo above shows the most common symbols, used by houses such as Whirpool and Ariston, to set the correct power for steam cooking. For vegetables choose a power of 700 watts, for cooking fish, choose a sweeter power, 500 watts. Once again, for the steaming times, please refer to the article suggested above.