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Four Things You Didn’t Know You Could Cook in a Microwave

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This is Easy Recipes, and what’s easier than cooking with the microwave? This omnipresent appliance comes in handy every day. But only, it seems, to heat up leftovers, pop popcorn, and defrost frozen foods. The microwave can do so much more – and save so much time! Next time you’re scrambling in the kitchen with one of these five foods, try the microwave method. Let us know how it goes, and tell us what other surprising foods you prep in the microwave.

Poach an egg – No, really!

While sure to impress guests, the stovetop method of egg-poaching can take years to perfect. And a perfectly poached egg is such a protein-rich breakfast or salad topper, wouldn’t you rather have an easier prep option? Try this. Fill a microwave-safe bowl with hot water, and add a pinch of salt and a splash of vinegar. With the microwave door open, crack and carefully tip the egg into the bowl of water, then immediately microwave on high for about three minutes. Remove the egg with a slotted spoon, gently drain, season, and chow down.

Fry up some bacon, without the grease.

Want some bacon to go with that egg? Simply place a bowl upside down on top of a plate, then drape your bacon strips over the it. Lay a paper towel on top to avoid grease splashes, and microwave about a minute per slice. The grease will drip down to the plate, relieving you of labor-intensive cleanup or grease burns – and upping the crunch factor.

A salmon fillet lunch, without turning on the oven.

You’ll be surprised by how easy and quick it has been this whole time to cook up some salmon. Start with a fillet, portioned for one, skin on. Rinse it in cold water and pat dry. Season however you like (perhaps some Greek yogurt or mayo, mixed with your favorite hot sauce and spices?) on the skinless side. Wrap tightly with microwave-safe plastic wrap, and microwave for about four minutes. Check it with a fork to make sure it’s done, squeeze some lemon over it, and eat!

Some veggies to go with that salmon.

This works on broccoli, asparagus, carrots, cauliflower, or even corn on the cob (though that last option will take a few extra minutes). Arrange your veggies, or veggie pieces, in one layer at the bottom of a shallow bowl. Add a little bit of water – not enough to cover the vegetables, but enough to spread across the bottom of the bowl. Cover with a plate or plastic wrap, and microwave for about three minutes. Stir, then microwave for another three to four minutes. Test with a fork, season, and serve.