Preparing a bagel may seem simple enough, but believe it or not there are three ways to microwave a bagel. A toaster or toaster oven can give a bagel a crisp taste and texture, while a microwave can make it soft and warm. Follow these instructions carefully to prevent a bagel from becoming too hard or soggy.
Slice the bagel in half. Place it on a microwave-safe plate with the cut sides facing up. If you'd like, you can add butter, cream cheese or any toppings. Place it in the microwave for 10 seconds.
Alternatively, wrap the bagel in a paper towel, which will soak up excess moisture. On a microwave-safe plate, cook the bagel at the high setting for 20 seconds. Let it cool for 30 seconds.
To heat a cold or frozen bagel, place it in a microwave-safe plastic bag. Microwave at the medium setting for 30 seconds. If the bagel is still cold, nuke it for another 15 seconds.
If you heat a bagel for just a bit too long it becomes rubbery. Microwaving for more than a minute makes it stiff.
If a bagel is stale, try adding a few drops of water on top and heat for 20 seconds.