Meat, such as poultry, steak and fish can easily be cooked in the microwave to save you time. Also, your meat can easily be defrosted in your microwave before cooking it using another method like grilling or broiling. When fully cooking or reheating meat in your microwave, you must make sure that you place the meat in a microwave-safe container. When cooking the meat, you should remove it immediately if you start to hear a loud popping sound. It’s also best to cook your meat separately from vegetables and other food.

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Check the manual for your microwave for any tips or procedures for cooking meat. Some microwaves cook differently, which is why your user manual will usually list specific times for cooking different types of meat.

Defrost your meat by setting it out the night before in your refrigerator or defrosting in your microwave. Defrost in the microwave by placing your meat in a microwave-safe container such as a heat-proof glass or glass ceramic container. Heat for at least 30 seconds to defrost and then take out the meat before fully cooking it.

Cut off all fat from your meat to avoid any grease splatters in your microwave. Arrange your meat in the container so that it’s not touching. Add 1 cup of water to the meat in the container before putting it in the microwave.

Cover the meat with a microwave-safe container lid or oven cooking bag. Do not cover the meat with a paper towel or plastic sheet.

Cook your meat in the microwave at least 10 minutes less than the time specified in the user manual. Use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of the meat when it’s done cooking. If you’re not sure how long to cook the meat, you should start at 25 minutes. Check the meat and continue adding 10 minutes until the meat is fully cooked.