Q. I am the only person in my family who likes mushrooms. I cook them for myself quite frequently, but lately I’ve been finding that I can’t be bothered to mess up a whole pan and stand over the stove to cook something that only I am going to eat. It doesn’t take a long time to cook mushrooms, but I always feel obligated to cook the whole package at once otherwise I know the rest will get thrown away. This is going to sound weird, but I’m curious to know if I could cook mushrooms in the microwave. That way it would be easier for me, and I could just pop in the amount that I want. Can you microwave mushrooms?
A. Actually, you can microwave mushrooms! I’m not sure what your family has against those tasty little things, but they’re certainly missing out! Mushrooms are actually one of the most microwave-friendly foods around. Since they have a high water content, they can be microwaved on their own without drying out and burning. You can microwave mushrooms alone, in a dish, or seasoned however you want.
To microwave plain mushrooms, begin by cleaning them. Most people wash their mushrooms under water, but it’s actually recommended to simply wipe mushrooms clean with a paper towel to remove surface dirt. This helps protect against bruising the mushrooms and making them go soggy.
Slice the mushrooms the way you prefer to eat them. Then, place the clean, sliced mushrooms in a microwave-safe container in even layers. Place a tight-fitting cover over the container, then place in the microwave. Microwave the mushrooms on high for 1-3 minutes. Check on them to see if they are cooked through, cooking in 1 minute intervals if more time is needed. Allow the mushrooms to stand for a minute or two after cooking. Then, season as you prefer or add them to your favourite recipe.
You can also cook mushrooms in some oil or butter, with seasonings such as herbs or spices or garlic. If cooking with oils, consider lowering the cooking temperature to medium to avoid having the oil burn. Follow the rest of the directions.
Store uneaten portions of cooked mushrooms in the fridge and consume within two days for best results.