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10 Genius Products That Make Microwave Cooking Feel Gourmet

With the right microwave cookware, you can enjoy the convenience of quick cooking without sacrificing gourmet flavor.

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Pasta Cooker

A watched pot never boils. So why not skip that step altogether? With this microwave pasta cooker ($20) all you have to do is add pasta and water to the container, then nuke it in the microwave. The design allows for water circulation and cooking control, meaning perfectly al dente pasta every time.

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Progressive International PS-70Y Omelette Maker, 4 Eggs, Yellowvia amazon.com

Omelet Maker

Put away that sugary breakfast cereal! Now you can have a healthy omelet in minutes. This microwave omelet maker ($5) can cook up to 4 eggs, along with your chosen toppings—all while you pour yourself a cup of coffee. Just pop in the dishwasher when you’re done.

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Vegetable Steamer

Microwaving is a great way to cook your veggies without sacrificing nutrients. It couldn’t be easier with this microwave vegetable steamer ($11). Throw your vegetables in the steamer basket, pour water in the bottom of the container, then pop on the lid and voila! Perfectly steamed veggies in a few minutes.

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Cake Maker

Sometimes when the sweet tooth craving hits, you need a cake pronto. If you don’t want a cake that could serve a whole crowd, use this microwave cake maker ($12). It can make a moist, delicious cake in 6 minutes. The handy ingredient box does all the measuring for you, which means all you have to do is decide which flavor ice cream to eat with it! Try this microwave mug cake, too.

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Bacon Tray

As much as we love bacon, the clean-up afterward can be a greasy headache. This microwave bacon tray ($15) will give you crispy bacon without the mess. The design drains away grease and moisture, which means perfectly crisped bacon and no dirty frying pan. Simply discard the grease and throw the tray in the dishwasher when you’re finished. Who’s ready for a loaded BLT sandwich?

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12inch Universal Microwave Crisper Pan/Microwave Cookware Crispy Plate Fry Pan, Microwave Fried Egg Bacon Cooker, Reheat Frozen Pizza, Chicken Nuggets French Toast with Crispy Effect! …via amazon.com

Microwave Crisper Pan

Microwave cooking gets a bad rap because often it can make food soggy rather than crispy. Well, no more! This microwave crisper pan ($33) is perfect for chicken nuggets, leftover pizza or hamburgers. (You might not believe you just pulled your food out of a microwave.) Get breakfast, lunch, dinner and even dessert on the table in minutes with these microwave recipes.

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Collapsible Microwave Cover

Is there anything worse than opening your microwave to find a mess of food splashes inside? Use this collapsible microwave cover ($8) to keep all splatters contained. Cover food as it cooks in the microwave, then wash it in the dishwasher in between uses. Bonus feature, we love the collapsible design for easy storage.

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The Original Popco Silicone Microwave Popcorn Popper with Handles, Silicone Popcorn Maker, Collapsible Bowl Bpa Free and Dishwasher Safe - 10 Colors...via amazon.com

Popcorn Popper

Skip the bagged microwave popcorn for a tastier and fresher version with this microwave popcorn popper ($17). Simply add popcorn kernels to the collapsible bowl, attach the lid and pop! Great for health-conscious eaters because it doesn’t even require oil. Take your snack to the next level with these gourmet popcorn recipes. 

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Rice Cooker

Steamed rice makes a perfect side dish for any stir fry recipe. Rice steamers are always a convenient option, but this microwave rice cooker ($19) makes it even easier. Just measure the rice and water and the rest is done for you. You can also use it for polenta and couscous. Yum!

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Deik Oven Mitts, Non-Slip Silicone Oven Mitts, Extra Long Kitchen Mitts, Heat Resistant to 572°F Kitchen Oven Gloves, 1 Pair, Blackvia amazon.com

Oven Mitts

Taking hot food out of the microwave has never been so stylish. These adorable polka-dot oven mitts ($13) will look great hanging in your kitchen, and serve their function well. Plus, we love that they’re 100% cotton and machine washable.

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Erica Young
Erica is a freelance lifestyle writer with a bachelor's degree in Journalism. Her favorite recipes are quick, easy and something her kids will actually eat. When she's not writing you'll find her organizing a closet, roaming the aisles at Target or nursing her third Diet Coke of the day.
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