How long should I bake a 3 lb. turkey breast in a microwave oven?
Margaret from Newport News, VA
Baloney ...microwaves excite the water molecules causing the surrounding meat to heat. Heat from fire, etc. has the same effect. The water heats, causing the rest to heat. Boiling vegetables can cause nutrients to be lost into the boiling water. Smart cooks use a little water with the correct heating time/settings to make microwave cooking more nutritious. Some things take a combination microwave/ induction or grilling coils to make some meats good ... like hamburgers. But everything can be done in a microwave if you know what you are doing and follow directions.
Please don't cook it in the microwave. If people only knew how bad they are. The take all the nutrients out of the food.
Wash the breast inside and out with cold water, and pat dry with paper towels. Salt and pepper the cavity. Place a small sliced onion, a celery stalk, and sprigs of fresh thyme, sage and parsley (or a combination of dried) in the cavity. Place the turkey in a greased microwave-safe baking dish. Rub vegetable oil on the outside, and salt and pepper. Cover the breast with a sheet of waxed paper. Place in the microwave and cook at 50% power for 9-10 minutes per pound. If you don't have a carousel in the microwave, turn the dish every 10-15 minutes. When done, remove from oven and let rest 15 minutes before carving.
I know you have to cook it by the pounds, like you would cook it into an oven. How would I cook it to be moist and juicy and not dry? I would appreciate your input or suggestions. Thank you!
I used to cook whole turkeys in the microwave. At the time I did that, the book that came with my microwave had the directions for doing it. I know it said to put the turkey in one of those oven roasting bags. They always turned out moist and people were surprised when I told them I had cooked it in the microwave. I'm sure if you google the topic you will be able to find something. For several years now, I have been doing bone in turkey breasts in the slow cooker/crock pot. There are a lot of recipes for doing that online too.
What settings will I need to cook a turkey breast on and for how long? I am using a combination microwave.
I don't know what you mean by a combination microwave, however, I have cooked whole turkeys in the basic microwave and they turn out really good. I just followed the directions in the book that came with it, or else you can google it and see what you can find out. For turkey breasts I cook them in the crock pot/slow cooker. They turn out nice too. There are various recipes online for whatever you want to add to them.