Cooking with Microwaves – amazing dishes in minutes!

Posted on September 21, 2016 in Thermocool Product Tips with 0 Comments


Cooking with microwaves is not as alien a concept as many would have you think.
Notice that I said “cooking” as opposed to “defrosting” or “re-heating”.

At Thermocool, we look to debunk the misconception that a microwave oven doesn’t offer the user the capability to cook. This is especially true when it comes to the trickier local dishes that usually take a bit more time and effort to prepare.

Digital Microwaves

Thermocool’s  Soft Lady, Solo Trendy, Solo Digit digital microwave models all include preset customised Nigerian menu settings ensuring that making local favourites (like Jollof Rice, Moin-Moin and Yam Pottage) have never been faster or easier. Indeed, whenever you buy any Thermocool microwave regardless of model, we will provide you with a book of Nigerian recipes to get you on your way.

Here’s one of our favourite recipes from our recipe book to give you a little “taster”:

Jollof Rice

To make this, all you need is:

– A microwave-proof mug
– 4 big Tatashe peppers (chopped/grounded)
– 6 pieces of Rodo (chopped/grounded)
– 4 medium/big Tomatoes (chopped/grounded)
– 2 teaspoons of Tinned Tomatoes
– 100 grams of vegetable oil
– 2 cubes of seasoning
– 1 teaspoon of ginger
– 2 cloves of Garlic (crushed/chopped)
– 350 grams of Beef stock
– 150 grams of Rice
– Salt (to taste)

And all you have to do is:

1.) Wash rice thoroughly and set aside.
2.) Grind all other ingredients and mix together.
3.) Pour mixture into a micro-wave bowl and stir in washed rice.
4.) Add vegetable oil and all seasoning, with salt to taste.
5.) Stir thoroughly, cover tightly and place in a micro-wave oven.
6.) Set timer to cook for 50-55 minute or use preset program in your Haier Thermocool microwave oven.

cooking with microwaves - jollof rice

Making the most of your Manual Microwave

While Thermocool Manual microwaves may be underrated and, don’t offer the pre-set convenience of their digital counterparts, they still create cooking opportunities for the experimental folks amongst us. With manual control over temperature and time settings, the customisations you can make to some of your favourite recipes are almost unlimited.

Here are a few ideas to get you started:

Baking Mugs and Cooking Bowls

Mugs have, over time, become the best friend of many a microwave-using baker. From Muffins to French toast to Banana bread…mugs are a brilliant tool if you have a bit of a sweet tooth and fancy some minimal effort, minimal clean-up, baking.

One such recipe you could try is a Banana microwave mug cake!


To make this, all you need is:

– A microwave-proof mug
– 3 tablespoons of self-raising flour
– 2 tablespoons of caster sugar
– 1 small egg
– 3 teaspoons of milk
– 1-2 teaspoons of raisins
– 3 teaspoons of milk
– 3 teaspoons of vegetable oil
– One small very ripe mashed banana
– Cinnamon (to taste)

And all you have to do is:

1.) Put flour, sugar, and your desired amount of cinnamon into a mug
2.) Mix in the egg, milk and oil.
3.) Add in the mashed banana
4.) Make sure your mix doesn’t fill up the mug to give it space to rise.
5.) Cooking for roughly 2 minutes on a high setting in your microwave.
6.) Let it cool

If you’re looking for something slightly more savoury though, a bowl is definitely the way to go.

From Bacon and Scrambled Eggs to Macaroni and Cheese to a nice cheesy quiche or even some tasty potato soup during the wet, cold rainy season (because you shouldn’t have to put in too much effort when you’re feeling down) – there are so many tasty and convenient breakfast, lunch or dinner options for you with a microwave.

Read here for some more brilliant microwave recipes:

Cook something new!

So next time you’re about to re-heat last night’s dinner, consider preparing something new and then sit back, put your feet up, and wait for that *ping* that might as well be your mother calling you downstairs because she’s made that dish you love again!

Check out our range of microwaves that come with a free a microwave cookbook for microwave culinary connoisseurs in the making.

Also, take a look at our buying guide to find the right microwave for you!

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