How to grill and brown in microwave ovens

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How to grill and brown in microwave ovens
Brown food with the grill setting on your microwave oven. (Rostislav_Sedlacek/iStock/Getty Images)

Microwaves with a built-in grill allow you to grill food in a shorter amount of time than with a conventional oven grill. They also are useful if you want to brown food that already has been cooked in the oven to give it a more appetising look.

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Things you need

  • Microwave with grill setting

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Instructions

    Microwave grill setting

  1. 1

    Place food on the grill plate. You can grill burgers, steaks, sausages, bacon, vegetables, toast and fish in the microwave.

  2. 2

    Set the microwave to the grill mode. Choose between the low, medium or high setting depending on how brown you want the food to be.

  3. 3

    Check to see whether food is sufficiently cooked when it finishes grilling. As with regular microwaving, you don't need to keep checking throughout. However, if you're unsure how long the food you're preparing needs to cook, it's best to err on the side of caution to avoid burning and use a lower setting to start. You can always put the food back in for longer. If you're grilling sausages or other meats, these will require more time than cheese on toast, for example.

  4. 4

    Leave food to rest for a few minutes before serving. This is because microwave cooking causes fat, sugar and water molecules in food to move a lot faster than with conventional cooking, meaning it will continue to cook for a few minutes after heat is removed.

    Brown food in the microwave

  1. 1

    Cook food as normal in the oven.

  2. 2

    Place the cooked food on the grill plate.

  3. 3

    Set the microwave to grill mode. Choose between the low, medium or high setting depending on how brown you want the food to be.

  4. 4

    Remove food from the microwave when it is properly cooked and nice and brown on the top, and then leave it to rest for a few minutes before dishing up.

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