Q: Can you suggest some ways to boil/bake fresh or frozen peas in a microwave oven? We hate rising up early in the morning to cook something, and still want to feed our families with normal, nutritious food.
How to Microwave Green Peas?
First and foremost, you must know that peas do not like high temperatures, which is actually the reigning feature of the microwave oven.
Still, microwaving peas is possible and you’ll never be the one who failed to microwave it.
Microwaving green peas is just a wonderful idea when you want to make a salad or risotto.
Here are a few steps you need to take to prepare green peas in the microwave oven:
- Take a glass of green peas (180 ml) and pour in boiling water to fully cover them
- Add a pinch of sugar and salt, and cover with a small lid or a glass plate
- Put in the microwave oven and switch on for three minutes at full power
- Don’t rush to uncover the lid when you take the glass out of the microwave. Let it sit for five minutes at room temperature.
Easy, isn’t it? We hope you like this method.
What If I Microwave Canned Peas?
You won’t be considered a criminal. Open your favorite can of peas, pour its contents in a large bowl, add some salt and sugar to your taste, or maybe even spices. Also, you can add a spoon of vegetable oil or butter.
Microwave the bowl for one and a half minute and don’t forget to stir it after the first 30 seconds of microwaving.
Cool them down a little and treat yourself with pleasure.
Is It a Good Idea to Put Frozen Peas in the Microwave?
Yes, absolutely. Look how you get this done:
- Take the peas out of the fridge and remove the plastic packet or container
- Put the peas into a microwaveable dish
- If there’s some extra ‘snow’, sort it out
- Add a tablespoon of clean drinking water and put in the microwave oven without the lid
- Microwave for about 3-4 minutes at middle power
- Use in a soup, a side dish or enjoy as it is.
Microwave Split Peas
Sometimes you need to cook peas really fast, for instance when you cook a soup or pureed peas. The microwave oven is always there to save your time.
The main rule is to prepare the split peas, i.e. wash them thoroughly and sort them out.
Then, you are required to put the peas in a bowl with water to soak for about two hours. Well, this does not seem a good time savior, but you can do plenty of other things while waiting.
Finally, if it’s critical and you can’t afford to wait for two hours for the peas to soak, microwave them for 30 minutes longer. Although, you will have to take the dish out of the oven every 10-15 minutes to stir it and skim the foam.
As the peas have soaked, add two glasses of boiling water per one glass of split peas and microwave in the Cereal mode.
The process is a little complicated because you need to keep an eye on the peas while they are inside the device.
Your task is to stir it and skim off the foam. Otherwise, it will boil over and smudge it all.
If you can’t sit and wait for the peas to cook, and get tired of stirring it all the time, engage in preparing a side dish. The traditional stir-fried carrots, onions, and herbs will make your pureed peas even more savory and tasty.
This cooking method usually takes about 30-40 minutes. If the split peas are not ready after that time, microwave them again for 15 minutes.
If the water has evaporated put the peas are not microwaved yet, add more liquid.