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Microwave Meals and Sides in the Micro-Cooker

Our Micro-Cooker® is a game-changer when it comes to making quick, healthy, and easy weeknight meals and side dishes. Specially designed for microwave cooking, these workhorses come in different sizes—1-qt. (1-L), 2-qt. (2-L), and 3-qt (3-L) and are BPA-free. Used together, this set can steam veggies, melt chocolate or butter, poach chicken, cook rice, heat soup, make mashed potatoes, and much more. You can even make a healthy veggie and rice dinner in less than 20 minutes. Celia, from Alabama, says she uses at least one Micro-Cooker® every day: “There’s no boiling over, absolutely one of the best buys I’ve ever made.”

How to Steam Veggies in the Microwave

Steamed veggies are super easy to make with the Micro-Cooker®. Just add a few tablespoons of water for every cup of fresh veggies and cook until they reach the desired doneness. Feel free to use more water than necessary and strain the water when the vegetables are done cooking. If the veggies are frozen, follow the package directions. Buttery Dill Carrots only take six minutes in the Micro-Cooker®.  Just add butter, dill, and salt once cooked.

You can quickly cook fresh cauliflower to make the crust for Cauliflower Pizza, a healthy alternative to traditional pizza, that’s low on carbs and packed with nutrients.

How to Make Mashed Potatoes in the Microwave

The 3-qt. (3-L) Micro-Cooker® Plus is perfect for starchy foods because it has a boil-over guard that blocks liquid from boiling over, and then lets the liquid funnel back into the bowl to prevent a mess. It makes excellent Easy Mashed Potatoes that only take 10–12 minutes in the microwave. You could also use the 2-qt. (2-L) Micro-Cooker® for 2 medium-sized russet potatoes.

Once the potatoes are cooked, add salt and milk, and use a hand-held potato masher to get the consistency you want. Then mix in your favorites like butter, garlic, Greek yogurt cheddar cheese, or crumbled bacon.

 

Easy Mashed Potatoes

 

How to Cook Rice in the Microwave

To cook white rice in the 3-qt. (3-L) Micro-Cooker® Plus or 2-qt. (2-L) Micro-Cooker®, combine 1 cup (250 mL) long-grain rice, 2 cups (500 mL) wat­er, and a ½ teaspoon (2 mL) salt. Microwave on HIGH, covered, for 12–15 minutes, or until cooked. Let the rice stand, covered for 10 minutes, and then fluff it with a fork before serving If your rice already comes with microwave instructions, follow the package directions. Microwaves are all different so start with a shorter cooking time and adjust as needed for your microwave and favorite brand of rice.

To make a quick, healthy, and delicious rice bowl dinner, add some chopped fresh herbs like parsley, basil, cilantro, or your favorite seasonings to your rice. Then make some fresh, steamed vegetables in the 1-qt. (1-L) or 2-qt. (2-L) Micro-Cooker®.

 

Rice Made in a Micro-Cooker

 

How to Cook Grains in the Microwave

For grains like quinoa, add 1 cup (250 mL) uncooked, rinsed quinoa, and 2 cups (500 mL) water or broth to the in the 3-qt. (3-L) Micro-Cooker®. Microwave on HIGH, covered, for 15 minutes until the water is absorbed and fluff with a fork before serving.

How to Cook Pasta in the Microwave

Put the desired amount of pasta in the 3-qt. (3-L) Micro-Cooker® Plus, and add enough water to cover the pasta plus a little more. Microwave for 5 minutes, stir to keep it from sticking together, then cook for 5 more minutes. Once done, add butter, cheese, and/or your favorite sauce.

More Recipes that Use a MicroCooker®:

For the 1-qt. (1-L) Micro-Cooker

For the 2-qt. (2-L) Micro-Cooker

For the 3-qt. (3-L) Micro-Cooker Plus

This post has been updated since it was originally posted in July 2019.

47 Responses to Microwave Meals and Sides in the Micro-Cooker

  1. Pamela Collum August 5, 2019 at 6:20 pm #

    I have the all black, top and bottom micro cooker. It was made in USA. are these
    Containers still made in the US? I would like this esp since the 3 nest. does it come with a pamphlet on their use? Thank you.

    • Kimberly Stephens August 16, 2019 at 10:22 pm #

      Hi Pamela,

      Yes the Micro-Cooker Set is still made in the USA!!

      Kind Regards,
      Kimberly

      • Linda June 6, 2021 at 5:59 pm #

        Mine says Hong Kong on bottom.

    • Teri October 5, 2019 at 5:45 am #

      I would love a cooking pamphlet. How can I get one?

    • Debbi Pemberton January 22, 2020 at 12:23 pm #

      I bought the micro cooker plus and the other smaller cookers. Can you make the chocolate lava cake in them like in the old rice cooker? I lost part of the lid – the white plastic piece. My son loves the lava cake and it didn’t take anytime at all to mix & cook

      • Alice Blakeslee September 18, 2020 at 11:41 am #

        Hi I want to make rice in the 3qt. Multi cooker can I add spices to the rice when I cook it ?

      • Gail March 28, 2021 at 12:07 pm #

        I know they sell the lids separately if you misplaced yours. 😄

    • Michelle Anne Leon March 13, 2021 at 1:29 pm #

      I think that is the best time to add them.

  2. Ella August 11, 2019 at 9:11 am #

    Would love to see a demo of this set.

    • Tammi March 9, 2020 at 8:49 am #

      Can I cook a cake in the micro cooker. If so..how?

  3. Brenda August 15, 2019 at 1:07 pm #

    what about that cake…spice cake.?

    • Kimberly Stephens August 16, 2019 at 10:26 pm #

      Hi Brenda,
      Are you looking for a recipe for the Apple Spice Cake? If so, I’ve posted it below.

      Kind Regards,
      Kimberly

      APPLE SPICE CAKE WITH SALTED CARAMEL SAUCE
      THIS APPLESAUCE CAKE HAS ALL THE FLAVORS OF FALL – PLUS A SIMPLE HOMEMADE CARAMEL SAUCE!

      INGREDIENTS
      Cake
      Oil for brushing pan
      1 red apple such as Gala, Braeburn, or Fuji
      1 pkg (15.25 oz or 515 g) spice cake mix
      1 ½ cups (375 mL) unsweetened applesauce
      Salted Caramel Sauce
      ½ cup (125 mL) pure maple syrup
      2 tbsp (30 mL) butter
      Coarse sea salt
      DIRECTIONS
      Brush the bottom and sides of the Rockcrok® Everyday Pan with oil using the Chef’s Silicone Basting Brush.

      Core the apple using The Corer™. Cut the apple in half crosswise, then slice the apple halves using the Simple Slicer on the #3 setting. Cut slices in half.

      Starting at the edges of the pan, carefully arrange the apple slices, slightly overlapping, in the bottom of the pan.

      In a large bowl, whisk the cake mix and applesauce until blended. Spoon the batter over the apples and spread evenly.

      Microwave, covered, on HIGH for 10 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from the microwave, uncover, and let stand for 10 minutes.

      Place the syrup in a small saucepan. Heat over medium-high heat until small bubbles form, stirring occasionally. Add the butter; stir until butter is melted. Bring the mixture to a boil. Boil 1 minute, stirring constantly.

      Remove from the heat; let cool 15-20 minutes or until thickened (similar to the consistency of honey).

      Carefully invert the cake onto a serving platter. Just before serving, drizzle with the caramel and sprinkle with salt.

      Yield:
      12 servings of 1 slice
      Nutrients per serving:
      Calories 210, Total Fat 5 g, Saturated Fat 2 g,
      Cholesterol 5 mg, Sodium 300 mg, Carbohydrate 43 g, Fiber 1 g, Protein 2 g

      Cook’s Tips:
      To prepare in a conventional oven, preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). Follow steps 1-4 as directed. Bake on center rack for 32-35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted near the center comes out clean. Remove from the oven and loosen the edges of the cake. Cool for 10 minutes, then invert onto a platter. Prepare the sauce as directed while cake is baking; continue as directed.

      • Margo December 26, 2019 at 10:51 pm #

        Wow that looks great! Thanks!

      • Nn September 30, 2020 at 10:02 am #

        Hi. The recipe states butter the RockCrock pan. Can you still use the MicroCooker for this recipe? Thank you.

  4. Carla Walgren August 15, 2019 at 3:00 pm #

    What’s the price of this set of micro cookers?

  5. Tammy August 15, 2019 at 6:18 pm #

    The recipe for the mashed potatoes does not say if you should cut them in squares or cook them whole.

    • To ah August 26, 2019 at 4:21 am #

      I think you must’ve missed it, it’s the number one line in the ingredients.
      “1½ lbs. (750 g) potatoes, coarsely chopped”

      Regards, ?

  6. Melissa October 30, 2019 at 4:03 am #

    What is the difference between the Microwave Pasta Cooker and the Micro-Cooker? Would you recommend one over the other?

  7. Andrew Graham January 17, 2020 at 1:17 pm #

    Can an electric mixer be safely used to mash potatoes in these.

    • Amber M September 22, 2021 at 3:13 pm #

      NO!!! I used a metal fork to stir something and it left all kinds of streaks!!

  8. Kristi March 28, 2020 at 12:06 pm #

    Is it normal for the inside surface of the micro cooker to have a bubbled plastic line after just a few uses?

    • Teresa June 22, 2020 at 9:59 am #

      Can you brown ground beef in these?

      • Shelly Ryan November 5, 2020 at 9:16 pm #

        Yes, you absolutely can. It is ready in about 6 minutes! Just be sure to stir at about the half way mark.

    • Marsha April 13, 2021 at 4:50 pm #

      I’m wondering this as well. I’ve used it once and the lining appears to be peeling. I’m not very happy about that.

      • Carolyn April 25, 2021 at 1:28 pm #

        Same thing happened to mine!

  9. Melissa Henderson July 21, 2020 at 8:08 am #

    Can you please share rice cooking directions specifically for the 2 quart micro cooker? My set only came with directions for the 3-quart

    • JENN August 4, 2020 at 9:19 am #

      I’m wondering this as well. Is it okay to make instant rice in the 2 qt or only in the 3 qt?

      • Ann Borque September 1, 2020 at 11:56 am #

        I would like cooking instruction book for this please

    • Jenny August 19, 2020 at 5:09 pm #

      My 2 qt came with the directions for the 2 qt, but there’s no mention of cooking rice. Frustrating, because that’s what I planned to use it for the most.

    • Anna-Jane W February 7, 2021 at 4:40 pm #

      How much water to poach chicken and for how long? Thank you

  10. Gail M Arnold August 13, 2020 at 12:53 pm #

    Why is there no mention of BPA free for the Micro Cookers in the catalog?

  11. Nichole Miller August 15, 2020 at 11:05 pm #

    Does anyone else’s boil over when cooking rice or pasta?

    • Natalie Ditgen October 27, 2020 at 10:59 am #

      Yes! I’ve tried rice twice using their 3-qt guidelines. At 10 min, all water was boiled out rice was not fully cooked. Really disappointed there isn’t any resolution here.

      • Diana November 3, 2020 at 6:41 pm #

        I cook at 50% power with no boil over.

  12. Mary Ann Johnson September 9, 2020 at 5:08 pm #

    I did not receive instructions on how to use this, please advise!

  13. CAMILLE GRAY September 29, 2020 at 4:06 pm #

    Followed instructions for making pasta, it boiled over and made a mess in my microwave.

    • Elizabeth October 10, 2020 at 1:17 pm #

      Hey Camille! This happened to me too. I found a blog post from a lady who had one and she microwaved 1 lb (16 oz) of pasta for five minutes at a time. And stirred it in between. I found this worked for me. Depending on the pasta, I either have to do it two or three times. I have found that with cavatappi it will boil over, so I fold some paper towels and place it under the micro cooker. Hope this helps!

  14. terry weglinski October 4, 2020 at 4:03 pm #

    I need a chart on how to cook various foods in the 1 qt. micro cooker. I was disappointed that it wasn’t included in the paperwork, I might have to go back to using the ziploc steam bags.

  15. Evelyn Kiefer October 11, 2020 at 3:52 pm #

    Why are there no recipes included with the Micro cookers? I tried a couple of recipes I’ve found on Pinterest but they just did not work. I tried following Microwave instructions on the packages, that did not work either. I had hoped to use these daily, now I’m just disappointed, not what I expected from Pampered Chef.

    • Pam October 27, 2020 at 10:01 pm #

      There are a lot of recipes online for these cookers. I have a microwave in my tiny teardrop camper and refer to the online recipes on my phone while camping

      • Debra Lynn November 6, 2020 at 9:51 am #

        Pam I have been searching for recipes for the 3qt cooker . Where did you find them online?

  16. Heather December 30, 2020 at 6:55 am #

    I use mine all the time but this morning decided to poach an egg in it. DO NOT DO THAT! First, it boiled over…a lot. When I got the egg out, it looked ok. The yolk looked over cooked but I thought that maybe it was just the outside. When I cut into the egg, it EXPLODED! Not only did it explode, brown goo flew everywhere. What in the world!?!?! I have made a lot of eggs in my life but have never seen anything like that!

  17. Albertina January 25, 2021 at 2:38 am #

    I have tried your tips and they helped me in cooking. Thanks a lot for sharing these tips.

  18. Mary March 3, 2021 at 6:27 pm #

    Disappointed this set did not come with any kind of receipt booklet

  19. Margaret Travis May 3, 2021 at 8:00 am #

    Where can I get a printed recipe book for the cookers? Bought several as gifts, and certainly would be nice to include recipes. Disappointed that Pampered Chef doesn’t include some with the product.

  20. Angela June 5, 2021 at 11:13 am #

    Just wanting to get instructions on baking a box cake mix in the microwave with my rice cooker. I bought one years ago because I could cook a cake with icing in 10 minutes. Now I’ve replaced it and can’t recall what to do.

  21. Janice July 27, 2021 at 7:24 pm #

    Should you use both lid parts when you steam veggies or just the top part with vents?

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