You might have heard the old adage that you cannot cook meat in the microwave. Not only is this not true, but sometimes it is just necessary. When you are traveling, for example, and you would like to enjoy a juicy steak, you may have no choice but to microwave your minute steak. Minute steaks are well-suited for microwave cooking because they are small, generally under 6 oz., and they are lean, which means that you have less rubbery fat to trim off.
- Garlic powder to taste (optional)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Potholder or towels
- 2 plates
Remove your minute steak from the refrigerator and allow it to come to room temperature before you cook it. Similar to other cooking methods, a microwave will dry out a cold steak.
Season the steak with salt and pepper, as well as garlic powder if you are using it.
Place a microwave-safe serving plate or browning plate in the microwave and heat it for six minutes on high. The hot plate will act as a skillet, searing the steak as it cooks in the microwave.
Place the minute steak on the plate in the microwave and heat it for one and one-half minutes, turning once, for a rare steak. Making sure you turn it once, cook two minutes for medium-rare; three and one-half minutes for medium; four minutes for medium-well and five minutes for well done.
Open the microwave door at the end of the cooking time and allow the steak to rest for five minutes before you cut it. If you cut into your steak too early, the juices will run out and your steak will become dry.
Remove the plate from the microwave with potholders or a towel. Place the steak on a new plate to avoid burning yourself. Serve hot.
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Natalie Smith is a technical writing professor specializing in medical writing localization and food writing. Her work has been published in technical journals, on several prominent cooking and nutrition websites, as well as books and conference proceedings. Smith has won two international research awards for her scholarship in intercultural medical writing, and holds a PhD in technical communication and rhetoric.