One of the popular bloggers and girl with a multi level skill set, Divya Kudua blogs at Easy Cooking. The highlights of her blog for me are her Konkani dishes and her delicious baked goods – which she churns out using her microwave oven. Head on over to her blog to see her amazing looking cakes, breads, muffins and the likes. Today she has graciously accepeted my invitation to share her expertise to all your Baking in Microwave Oven queries. Hope you all benefit as much as I did. — DK

Hello all-I am Divya and I blog at Easycooking.

When DK asked me to do a guest post here about Microwave Baking,I was floored.Her’s is a blog I look up to.Seriously,her step by step pictures make any difficult recipe seem easy,don’t you agree??

I am not an expert though.I have been baking in Microwave for sometime now and I will try to answer your queries in whatever way I can!!I have an IFB Microwave Oven with Convection and Grill and all baking I do is done in that.

The first and foremost question that everyone seems to have is

Can I bake in my Microwave?

Well,yes and no.Depends on the kind of microwave you have.If it is a Solo microwave with no other features,you cannot bake in that.But you sure can try microwave baking like Microwaving Cakes and Brownies using appropriate microwave safe baking pans.

If you have a Convection oven,you can bake in it the same way as you would in an electric oven.The Convection feature in the Microwave enables the features of a regular oven when you choose the option.In simple terms,when you set the temperature of the oven in Convection mode,the Microwave literally transforms itself into a regular baking oven.

Can I make Kebabs and grills in my Microwave?

If the Microwave comes with a Grill feature,yes you sure can.The same process applies here as Convection.Set the temperature and time for grill and it will work exactly like a regular oven/tandoor.You can make Chicken/Paneer Tikka and other Kebabs and grills in this mode.However,in many Microwave ovens[like mine]there is no option of preheating for Grill.It doesn’t make any difference to the final product though.

What kind of Baking utensil should I use for baking?

In the regular Microwave mode,use microwave safe bowls,plates and spoons.But when you activate convection or grill mode,you have to use metal/aluminium/non-stick pans the same as you would use in a regular oven.However,some ovens have combination cooking modes like Microwave-Grill or Microwave-Convection,here you have to use Pyrex/Borosil utensils as they are safe for Microwave as well as Convection/grill mode.

Preheating in a Microwave.

Some recipes ask for preheating of the oven for few minutes.But in Microwave,it works differently[as far as I know].

In electric oven,after the set time,the oven beeps and you could continue with the recipe.But in microwave convection ovens,you do not have to set any time,just set the temperature you would want to bake the stuff and press start-For example,if the recipe requires 180C heat,set that temperature and press start.The microwave would start preheating and beep when it is of the required temperature and it usually takes only 3-4 minutes.So even if your recipe requires the oven to be preheated for 10 minutes,you could continue using this method as it works out well.

I have also had people ask me whether the microwave can be preheated empty.When you are using the Convection mode,the microwave ceases to be one and becomes like an electric oven.So there is absolutely no problem if you run it empty.In solo microwave mode,it should not be used if it is empty.

Can I use the Microwave immediately after I have baked something in the Convection mode?

No,you shouldn’t.The reason being,the oven would be quite hot after baking and if you use the microwave mode with micro proof utensils,there is a risk of the food as well as the utensils getting burnt[I am speaking from experience here;)]

However,if you are baking a Cake/Cookie in two tins,you can immediately place the second cake/cookie tin inside to bake in the hot oven.No need to preheat.

Can I use the utensils which came with my starter kit to bake?

Starter kit usually consists of Micro-proof bowls,plates and baking tins.It should be used only for Microwaving,using it in convection mode would burn it.

How to set the temperature for baking in Convection mode?

In most Microwave[Convection] ovens,there is a button which says Convection and when you press that,it displays temperatures starting from 110C to 200C as and when you press it.If you want to bake in 180C,stop pressing when it reaches 180C and press start-It will start preheating and will beep when it finishes preheating-usually after 3-4 minutes.At this stage,you can open the MW and put the stuff inside for baking and again start from setting the temperature.Enter the time you want it to be baked for and would start functioning..rather baking!!

Can I use Aluminuim Foil,Paper muffin cups in my Microwave?

Aluminium foil should[ideally] not be used in Microwave and Convection mode as there is a risk of burning.However,in grill mode,you could use a minimal amount,ie place it below the grill plate/tray to collect drippings etc,but not more than that and not anywhere near the heating coil.I have seen some cake recipes calling for covering with foil after a few minutes and to think of it,I have followed that method too.But do it at your own risk..:)

Paper muffin cups can be used in Convection mode,place it in muffin moulds and pour the batter inside it.But in Microwave mode,it is advised  not to use but I have seen people using it with success.Can’t say for sure.

Why is my Cake,Cookie not browning evenly?

Every Microwave oven differs from each other.IFB MW has a heating coil on top which helps in browning evenly.However,many Mw’s do not have a heating coil on top and that is why the browning is not even.I would suggest baking in higher temperature for a while and when it is browned ,you could cover the top with a butter paper and then continue with baking and you could get desired results.

One more advantage of baking in Microwave convection is that since the baking tin keeps rotating[as the microwave tray rotates] the food[in this case,the cake] cooks evenly.There is no need to rotate the pan in between and absolutely no necessary to open the oven in between.

Do Cakes/Baked stuff prepared in Microwave taste as good as those baked in electric oven?

This is a tough question to answer.I have baked only in my MW and till date I haven’t felt that it lacks taste when compared to the ones baked in regular oven.There is no reason why it shouldn’t taste similar.If you follow the recipe and use fresh ingredients and set the temperature and time and bake,I don’t know how the taste can differ.However,some people still tell me that I should bake in Electric oven and see the difference for myself.Try it Vice-versa I say and I bet you wouldn’t know the difference!![DK,sorry if I sound like a snob here,couldn’t help it:)]

I hope I have answered your queries correctly.My next post would be about Baking in Microwave mode and general Microwave queries.If you still have questions,please post it in the comment section and I would try my best to answer them.

Thank you DK for thinking of me for this post!!

{ To Be Continued.. }

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302 Responses to “Baking in Microwave Convection Oven”
  1. Avani

    Thank you. Whatever questions I had in my mind regarding ovens u hv answered all of them.

  2. Sheri

    :-D Thank you for this – you have answered the questions no one else did.

  3. qayyum khan

    I like ur advice very much DK

  4. Brian

    Hi just wanted to know what kind of dishes pans to use in a microwave convection oven
    Is it ok to use normal ones that are used in gas oven or steel ones

  5. fred

    please tell me the time required to preheat a oven @200 degree convection mode (IFB30SC3)

  6. fred

    please me the time required to preheat a oven @200 degree convection mode (IFB30SC3)

  7. Very insightful and useful. Now my microwave will know a better use. Thanks a lot! :)

  8. asha chaudhari

    Mam,I have Samsung m/w 28Lis . mam pls tell me how to preheat mw .I don’t understand I am beggner in that , I,ll try to preheat but I am confused 1start preheat button than start tem,set180dergee than how many time set 10min/15 they can,t beep than what can I do.

  9. I have an IFB microwave convection oven and I want to know that if a recipe calls for baking in an electric oven for say 30 minutes at 180 degrees celcius, will it take the same time in the convection mode or will it bake faster?

  10. Foodie@heart

    Divya thank you. Cant thank you enough. Have the same model 25SC2 and lost all hopes of using all the features other than heating food. Lost the guide book. Searched for the model’s guide online but they have it for 28SC!!. Your article gave me hope of seeing it used for better purposes. Yes i too have burnt the freebie m/w dish while in convection mode. One suggestion since yours will be a one stop guide to preparing dishes in m/w/convection/grill for a noob in using thid appliance. For eg paneer tikka… do mention the time and mode in which it has to be cooked. Thanks again and yes I will be trying out new dishes.

  11. Kavita

    hi, i have bought ifb convection microwave.plz tell me about the temperature setting to make eggless vanila cake,as i make it,it becomes very heard.

  12. Sarbjit kaur

    :lol: thanks I am glad to know the information about to preheat the oven it was difficult to uderstand by other websites your step by step information was really helpful


    I am planning to make cupcakes in this weekend,but i have electolux microven which has two buttons one showing options like low,medium,high,combi grill,defrost etc and other button showing timer 10,15,20 etc with some 2C,5C etc,i don’t how to set temperature in this MW to prepare muffins,please advise.

  14. rupa

    i pre heated at 190c (as per instructions of a cake ) and baked in conection mode of a mw/convection/grill oven. however, the smoke came out and the muffins turned so hard like a stone. whats the mistake i did. i preheated as well.

  15. Ritu

    i have LG intellowave microwave.this microwave has only timer not degree centigrade has only window open button and timer. i do not know how to use it. i am hundred persent veg and my kids are very fond of cake,cookies,pizza.i have made veg cake in this microwave but my cake was not so good.tell me answer how much time and ratio of making veg cake, cookies, pizza.

  16. Mona

    I have murthy Richard convection microwave wave,but my cakes don’t brown from bottom….what am I doing wrong? ….please guide me ….

  17. Mona

    I hv murthy Richard microwave ,with convection and girl mode…..but my cakes don’t brown from the bottom……..what am I doing wrong.? ..please guide .

  18. Rekha

    Hi,very informative.Thanks.
    I have a convection microwave LG.Can I keep the baking tray on the glass turntable or should I remove it.Today I tried baking cupcakes the upper crust was charred and inside was not cooked.please help

  19. esther loh

    this is good info. i was wondering what button to set when i want to bake a cook. thank you so much. :-P

  20. Sasmita

    Hi… Very glad that you share your ideas with us.
    I have 1 doubt.In convection mode should i remove the glass trey which was earlier in the Micro oven?

  21. priyanka

    Can u pls share the procedure of how to use microwave while baking in convection mode after preparing the batter of 3eggs.i want to bake a cake for my anniversary which is falling on29th of this month.i have ifb convection pls grill microwave.which utensil to use and how.pls help….

  22. shweta pokhriyal

    Hi thank u for such a valuable information..i hv an LG microwave convection..n i can very proudly say that I do all my baking in convection mode,be it cakes or cookies or say any type of puddings n even brownies n they come out really well no less than an oven baking. My son enjoys eating all that i bake n i’m really proud of my micro coz i love baking as i can see a new Me through baking. Please do share any other information.thnks again.

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