Cooking a Turkey Breast in the Microwave?

A carved turkey breast.
Instead of heating up your oven the next time you make a turkey breast, consider using your microwave. Keep in mind that When cooking a turkey breast in the microwave it is important to keep the meat form drying out. This is a page about cooking a turkey breast in the microwave.

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December 25, 2006

How long should I bake a 3 lb. turkey breast in a microwave oven?

Margaret from Newport News, VA


November 13, 20161 found this helpful
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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.

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April 7, 2012

What settings will I need to cook a turkey breast on and for how long? I am using a combination microwave.

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April 8, 20120 found this helpful

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.

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November 22, 20182 found this helpful

I cook turkey in the micro all the time it gives a very moist flavorful result. I have my frozen turkey quartered (cut in 1/4ths) by the butcher at the grocery store so it will fit in the microwave. (I also get the biggest one I can find, the higher the poundage the better the meat to bone ratio.) Put the thawed turkey part in a glass dish, I use glass pie pans. ( It keeps the juices for gravy or soup from running all over the place.) Wrap with plastic wrap to cover the bird and hold in the moisture; then poke a FEW holes in the top of the plastic to vent steam.


Put in the microwave, set for 50% power and cook for 10 min per pound. Check carefully with a meat thermometer before removing from the wrapping, sometimes it takes a little longer to get the meat cooked near the bone.

Remove the wrapping carefully, there will be steam (that is what actually cooks the turkey). The flavor is superb and that white meat will actually be juicy and moist (something you don't get in a regular oven).

This is so good I buy multiple turkeys at the seasonal sales, have them quartered, and eat turkey year around.

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November 27, 2013

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!

By Mary


November 27, 20131 found this helpful

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.

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