If you’re like me, you love mushrooms. They’re a delicious and healthy addition to any meal. But sometimes, you just don’t have time to cook them the old-fashioned way.
That’s where microwaving comes in. Microwaving is a quick and easy way to cook mushrooms, and it can be done in just a few minutes. Perfect for those busy weeknights!
If you’ve been wondering how to microwave mushrooms, you’ve come to the right place. In this article, I’ll show you how to cook mushrooms in the microwave, as well as some tips and tricks for getting the perfect results.
So, let’s get started!
Is It Safe to Microwave Mushrooms?
Yes, it is safe to microwave mushrooms. In fact, microwaving is one of the best methods for cooking mushrooms. This is because according to new research, microwaving mushrooms preserves more of the nutrients in mushrooms than other cooking methods, such as boiling or frying.
No matter, which cooking method you choose, you should never eat raw mushrooms. This is because raw mushrooms are highly indigestible and may contain harmful pathogens and toxins that can cause stomach upset or other health problems.
Cooking mushrooms not only makes them more digestible but also kills any harmful bacteria or toxins that may be present. In addition, when mushrooms are cooked they release all the nutrients that are locked inside including vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
So, whether you’re cooking them in the microwave, or any other way, be sure to cook your mushrooms thoroughly before eating.
How Long Should I Cook Mushrooms in the Microwave?
The answer may vary depending on the type and size of mushrooms you are using, as well as the wattage of your microwave. In general, though, 1 cup of mushrooms (120 g) will take 2-3 minutes to cook in a 900-watt microwave.
Double the cooking time for every additional cup of mushrooms.
For example, 2 cups of mushrooms (240 g) will take 4-6 minutes to cook, and 3 cups of mushrooms (360 g) will take 6-9 minutes to cook.
I strongly suggest cooking no more than 4 cups of mushrooms at a time in the microwave to avoid the possibility of uneven cooking. If you’re cooking a larger amount, it’s best to cook them in batches.
How to Cook Mushrooms in the Microwave
Now that you know how long to cook mushrooms in the microwave, let’s get into the nitty-gritty of how to actually do it.
- Put sliced or whole-trimmed button mushrooms into a microwave-safe bowl.
- Cover the dish tightly with a lid or plastic wrap.
- Cook the mushrooms on high power for 2-3 minutes, or until they are tender.
- Check the mushrooms after 2 minutes and if they’re not tender enough, microwave them in 30-second increments until they are cooked to your liking.
- Once the mushrooms are cooked, remove them from the microwave and allow them to cool slightly before serving.
Some Tips for Cooking Mushrooms in the Microwave
Here are a few tips to help you get the best results when microwaving mushrooms:
- If you’re using whole mushrooms, be sure to trim the stems before cooking. The stems are tough and chewy, and they won’t cook through in the same amount of time as the caps.
- When shopping for mushrooms, look for ones that are firm with a fresh and smooth appearance. Check out the surface and see if it’s dry, but not dried out.
- For cleaning, don’t rinse the mushrooms. Instead, brush off any debris with your fingers or you can also use a damp paper towel. You don’t want to add any extra water to them because they already have high water content.
- Different from other cooking methods, microwaving doesn’t enhance the natural flavor of mushrooms. You can, however, coat them in olive oil, butter, or your favorite seasoning before cooking to give them some extra flavor.
How to Store and Reheat Microwave Mushrooms
Whether you make them ahead of time or have leftovers, knowing how to store and reheat them is important so you can enjoy their delicious flavor and health benefits.
If you know you’ll eat the mushrooms within 3 to 5days, store them in a covered container or resealable plastic bags in the refrigerator. For longer storage, place them in a freezer-safe bag or container and store them in the freezer for up to 6 months.
When you’re ready to eat the mushrooms, reheat them in the microwave on high power for 1 to 2 minutes until they’re heated through. This is the easiest and quickest way to reheat them.
You can also reheat them in a skillet on the stove over low heat for 1 to 2 minutes on each side until they’re heated through. Just be sure to add a little olive oil and water to the pan so they don’t stick and become dry.
Last but not least, you can reheat them in the oven at 300 degrees Fahrenheit for about 20 minutes until they’re heated through. This is a good option if you’re reheating a large batch of mushrooms.
What Goes Well with Microwave Mushrooms?
Though often relegated to a supporting role, cooked mushrooms are a versatile ingredient that can enhance the flavor and texture of a wide variety of dishes. Here are a few ideas of what goes well with mushrooms.
A classic pairing, asparagus and mushrooms are often used together in recipes for omelets, quiches, and frittatas. The subtle earthiness of mushrooms complements the delicate flavor of asparagus without overpowering it.
This pungent herb is a common ingredient in many mushroom dishes. The sharp flavor of garlic helps to offset the natural sweetness of microwave mushrooms.
Mushrooms can also be used as a stuffing for roasted chestnuts. This classic holiday dish is hearty and filling, making it the perfect winter meal.
Cilantro is a refreshing herb that can be used to brighten up any dish. Its lively flavor pairs well with the deep umami taste of mushrooms.
One of the simplest ways to enjoy microwave mushrooms is to add them to scrambled eggs or an omelet. This classic breakfast dish is sure to please even the pickiest eaters.
Mushrooms are often used as a topping for steak, providing a savory complement to the rich flavor of meat. They can also be added to sauces or gravies for an extra boost of flavor.
For a light and healthy meal, try pairing mushrooms with quinoa. This nutrient-rich grain provides a perfect base for the flavorful mushrooms.
Thanks for reading! I hope you found this guide helpful. Now it’s time to put what you’ve learned into practice. So, go ahead and try cooking mushrooms in the microwave yourself. Once you get the hang of it, you’ll be able to whip up a delicious mushroom dish in no time.