Bagel Bites are one of the most delicious snacks on the planet. They’re perfect for a quick bite when you’re on the go, and they’re also great for parties or just when you’re feeling snacky.
You might already know that an oven is the best way to cook Bagel Bites, but what if you don’t have an oven, or you’re in a hurry and don’t have time to wait for the oven to preheat? Can you cook Bagel Bites in the microwave? And if so, how do you do it?
In this article, I’ll answer all of your questions about cooking Bagel Bites in the microwave, including whether or not it’s safe to do so, how long it takes, and what you need to know to cook them perfectly every time. So if you’re ready to learn how to cook Bagel Bites in the microwave, let’s get started!
Can You Cook Bagel Bites in the Microwave?
The short answer is yes, you can cook Bagel Bites in the microwave. But be warned: you won’t end up with the same brown, crispy bagels that you would if you cooked them in the oven. Instead, your Bagel Bites will be softer and more doughy. Some people prefer this texture, while others find it to be too soft.
The first thing you need to do is to consult the manufacturer’s instructions since not all brands of bagel bites are designed to be cooked in the microwave. Some bags will have specific instructions for microwaving, while others only recommend oven cooking.
If there are no instructions on the bag, or if the instructions don’t mention microwaving, you can still cook the bagels in the microwave, but it will take a little trial and error to figure out the best time and power setting. You can refer to the cooking time chart I’ve listed below as a starting point.
Is It Safe to Cook Bagel Bites in the Microwave?
There’s no need to worry about safety when cooking Bagel Bites in the microwave. Bagel bites are typically pre-cooked before they’re frozen, so you’re just reheating them when you cook them in the microwave.
However, it’s important to make sure that the bagels are cooked all the way through before you eat them. If they’re not cooked all the way through, there is a risk of foodborne illness. Some manufacturers recommend cooking the bagels until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
If you’re particularly susceptible to foodborne illness, or if you’re cooking for someone who is, it’s best to err on the side of caution and cook the bagels until it reaches this temperature. You can use a food thermometer to check the internal temperature of the bagels.
How Long Does It Take to Cook Bagel Bites in the Microwave?
The cooking time for Bagel Bites will depend on how many you’re cooking at once and the power of your microwave. In general, it will take between 45 seconds and 3 minutes to cook 4-12 bagel bites in the microwave.
I’ve included a handy chart below with some recommended cooking times, but keep in mind that microwave ovens vary greatly in power, so your cooking times may be different. If you’re not sure, it’s always best to start with the shorter cooking time and then cook for longer if needed.
- 4 bagel bites: 0:55 seconds
- 8 bagel bites: 1 minute 45 seconds.
- 12 bagel bites: 2 minutes 45 seconds.
How to Cook Bagel Bites in the Microwave: Step-by-Step Instructions
Now that you know everything there is to know about cooking Bagel Bites in the microwave, it’s time to get cooking! Here’s a step-by-step guide to cooking Bagel Bites in the microwave:
- Take the bagel bites out of the freezer and put them on a microwave-safe plate or dish in a single layer. There’s no need to thaw them first.
- Put the plate or dish in the microwave and cook for the time indicated on the chart above, or until the bagel bites are heated through.
- Carefully remove the plate or dish from the microwave.
- Let the bagel bites cool for a minute or two before serving. Enjoy!
As mentioned above, with this method, you won’t get the same crispy bagels that you would if you cooked them in the oven. But there are a few things you can do to help crisp them up a bit.
First, you can use a microwave crisper pan. This is a special pan that helps to crisp food up in the microwave. Second, some frozen bagel bites come with a crisping tray. This is a little tray that you put the bagel bites on and then put in the microwave. The tray helps to crisp up the bagels as they cook.
I experimented with both of these methods, and I found that they both work pretty well. The microwave crisper pan is probably the better of the two, but it can be a bit more expensive. If you don’t want to spend the extra money, look for brands that come with a crisping tray.
Safety Tips for Cooking Bagel Bites in the Microwave
Even though cooking bagel bites in the microwave is generally safe, there are a few things you should keep in mind to help ensure that your experience is positive. Here are a few safety tips to keep in mind:
1. Read the Manufacturer’s Instructions
The first safety tip is to always read the manufacturer’s instructions before cooking bagel bites in the microwave. The instructions will tell you everything you need to know about the product, including cooking times and temperatures.
2. Use a Microwave-Safe Dish
The second safety tip is to make sure you use a microwave-safe dish when cooking bagel bites in the microwave. If you use a dish that isn’t microwave-safe, it could leach chemicals into your food or damage your microwave.
3. Store the Uncooked Bagel Bites Properly
The third safety tip is to store the uncooked bagel bites properly. Uncooked bagel bites should be stored in the freezer. This will ensure that they stay fresh and don’t become contaminated.
4. Check the Temperature of the Bagel Bites
The fourth safety tip is to check the temperature of the bagel bites before eating them. This is especially important if you’re cooking for young children or seniors. You can use a food thermometer to check the temperature of the bagel bites.
How to Store Cooked Bagel Bites
If you have leftovers, or if you want to make a batch of bagel bites ahead of time, you’ll need to know how to store them properly. Cooked bagel bites can be stored in the fridge for up to 4 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
To store in the fridge, simply place the bagel bites in an airtight container. If you’re stacking them, be sure to place a layer of parchment paper between each row.
To store them in the freezer, first, you need to flash-freeze them. This simply means that you’ll need to place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and freeze them for 4-6 hours. Once they’re frozen, you can then transfer them to an airtight container and continue storing them in the freezer.
When you’re ready to eat them, simply reheat them in the oven, toaster oven, air fryer, or microwave.
So, after reading this article, you now know that you can cook bagel bites in the microwave. You also know a few ways to help them crisp up a bit. Plus, you’ve been given some safety tips to keep in mind. So, go ahead and try cooking bagel bites in the microwave. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how well they turn out.