Can you cook a turkey in the microwave? | The Sun

UNLESS you’ve been living in a cave, you’ll have heard all the rave reviews about air fryers. 

And so it’s no surprise that many of us will be attempting to cook our Christmas turkey using the budget gadget this year. 

But for those that missed out on grabbing one of their own, you still won't have to resort to the oven and leaving it to roast for hours.

Instead, how about popping it in the microwave? 

Here’s everything you need to know… 


While it’s not the recommended cooking method, it is possible to cook your Christmas turkey in the microwave. 


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But according to British Turkey, it is best if you separate it into parts, instead of trying to microwave the whole bird at once. 

Microwave fans should also try to remove all bones before cooking. 

Their website states: “We would not recommend this for whole birds. Portions without bones could be cooked if very careful.

“For four turkey steaks each about 150g/5oz in weight, cook on a high for six to nine minutes and allow to rest for five minutes.

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“Do not cook the turkey drumsticks in the microwave. Boneless turkey breast can be cooked.

"Place turkey breast in a microwaveable container, cover, and cook on medium (50 percent) power for 12 to 15 minutes per 450g/1lb.

“After cooking remove, cover, and allow to rest for at least 10 minutes or until the turkey registers 78ºC/170ºF on a meat thermometer.”

The NHS website also offers guidance on how to safely prepare a turkey. 

It reads: “If you buy a frozen turkey, make sure it's properly defrosted before cooking.

“If it's still partially frozen, it may not cook evenly, which means that harmful bacteria could survive the cooking process.

“Defrosting should be done in the fridge if possible (or somewhere cool, if not) and separated from other foods, in a dish or container large enough to catch any defrosted juices.”

“This is important to stop bacteria from spreading.”

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