Can You Cook Canned Biscuits In The Microwave?

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You rip open the can of pre-made biscuits and contemplate your next move. You could just stick them in the oven, but you’re feeling a bit lazy.

After a moment of consideration, you decide to give the microwave a try. It’s quick and easy, after all.

But then you remember that you have no idea how to cook canned biscuits in the microwave. What are the steps? Will they turn out OK?

Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. I’m here to answer all of your questions. Whether it’s possible or not, how long it takes, or what the results will be – I’ll tell you everything you need to know about microwaving your canned biscuits.

Spoiler alert: it’s actually pretty simple. Keep reading to find out how!

So, Can You Cook Canned Biscuits in the Microwave?

The answer is a little complicated. You can’t cook them in the microwave using the regular method, but there are ways to work around that.

The first method is to microwave the biscuits for several minutes before finishing them off in the toaster oven so that they’re nice and crispy.

The second method is to use a microwave crisper pan. These pans have special ridges that help to crisp up food, and they work great for biscuits. Just make sure to follow the instructions that I’m about to give you.

Why Can’t You Cook Canned Biscuits in the Microwave?

The main reason why you can’t cook canned biscuits in the microwave is because they will never get brown. Microwave is not good for baking.

When you cook food in a conventional oven, the heat circulates around the food, gradually cooking it evenly throughout. This process also causes the surface of the food to brown as the moisture is released and the temperature rises.

However, microwaves don’t circulate heat in the same way. They work by producing electromagnetic waves that cause water molecules inside the food to vibrate. This is what heats up the food but the air inside the microwave itself doesn’t get hot.

Without the hot air, the surface of the biscuit will never brown no matter how long you microwave it.

If your microwave has a convection setting, you can use that to circulate hot air and help the biscuit brown.

But if you don’t have that option, you need to finish browning using other kitchen appliances such as the toaster oven, or you need to use specialized tools like a microwave crisper pan or browning dish.

How Long Does It Take to Cook Canned Biscuits in the Microwave?

If you use a microwave and toaster method, you’ll need to microwave the biscuits for six minutes. Then, finish them off in the toaster oven for 1 1/2 minutes. This will give them a nice, crispy exterior. So the total cook time is 7 1/2 minutes.

If you’re using a microwave crisper pan, you can expect the process to take a total of 8 1/2 minutes. This includes 2 1/2 minutes to preheat the microwave crisper pan, and then 6 minutes to cook the biscuits.

Keep in mind that cooking times may vary slightly depending on the power of your microwave. If you’re not sure, it’s always better to err on the side of caution and cook in 2 -minute increments until the biscuits are done.

However, following these guidelines should help you achieve perfectly cooked biscuits every time.

How to Cook Canned Biscuits in the Microwave

Now that you know all the basics, let’s get into the nitty-gritty of how to cook your canned biscuits in the microwave.

1. Microwave and Toaster

The first method is to cook in the microwave and then finish them off in the toaster. This method is ideal if you’re on the go and don’t have an access to an oven or stove.


  1. Take the biscuits out of the can and place them on a microwave-safe plate.
  2. Set the microwave to high and cook for six minutes.
  3. After six minutes, carefully transfer the biscuits to a toaster oven.
  4. Toast for 1 1/2 minutes, or until the biscuits are golden brown.

2. Microwave Crisper Pan

The second method is my favorite because it yields perfectly crispy biscuits with little effort. All you need is a microwave crisper pan and you’re good to go.


  1. Preheat the microwave crisper pan in the microwave for 2 1/2 minutes. If your microwave is less than 900 watts, you may need to preheat for an additional 1 minute.
  2. Place the biscuits on the preheated crisper pan and cook for six minutes.
  3. Carefully remove the crisper pan from the microwave and let the biscuits cool for a few minutes before serving.

Can You Reheat Canned Biscuits in the Microwave?

The microwave is undoubtedly the fastest way and the most convenient way to reheat your biscuits. But, just like with cooking them, you need to be careful not to heat them for too long or they’ll get tough.

Again, there are two ways you can reheat your biscuits in the microwave.

The first way is to use a microwave crisper pan. Start by preheating the crisper pan then, followed by reheating the biscuits for about 30-45 seconds.

The second way is to wrap each biscuit in a damp paper towel and then reheat them on high for 45 seconds. Check to see if they’re warm enough, if not, heat them in 15-second increments until they’re soft to your liking.


Whether you’re looking to cook canned biscuits in the microwave for the first time or you’re just trying to reheat them, we’ve got you covered.

In this article, I’ve outlined two methods for cooking canned biscuits in the microwave- one that uses a toaster oven and one that uses a microwave crisper pan.

I’ve also provided instructions on how long to cook them for and gave some general tips on microwaving food. So, the next time you crave a warm, flaky biscuit, you know exactly what to do.

By Rosie Elliott

I’m Rosie. I’m a professional chef with experience in Western, Mediterranean, and Italian cuisine. I’ve been cooking for over 15 years, and I have two daughters that keep me busy!