Is It Possible To Cook Steak In The Microwave?

Everyone has an opinion on how to cook the perfect steak. With experts across the internet proclaiming their own tried-and-true method produces the ideal cook for that juicy ribeye, we collectively can't seem to agree on the best way to get it done. Should you sear it in a cast iron skillet or throw it on the grill? Should you let your steak rest at room temperature or cook it straight out of the fridge? There are so many ways to tailor your steak specifically to your liking, but that may just be one of the best things about steak.

Clashing opinions aside, we can probably all agree that cooking your steak in the microwave is, at the very least, unconventional. But could this bizarre cooking method yield an edible, perhaps even satisfying result, or does microwaving steak just leave you with a grayish blob of wasted wagyu? Naturally, the microwave is primarily reserved for reheating leftovers rather than serious cooking. But innovation is fueled by testing the limits of what is possible and sometimes that involves getting creative in the kitchen. 

It depends on how you like your steak

Cooking steak in the microwave is a great opportunity to evoke the classic phrase, "Just because you can, doesn't mean you should." According to an experiment by Microwave Masterchef, microwaved steak (seared in a pan after cooking) can be a good option for well-done, evenly cooked steak. However, the site continues that if you're going for something a little pinker, you should stick to cooking it entirely in a pan.

On the other hand, according to Foodbeast, cooking a one-inch thick sirloin steak on high power for five to seven minutes can result in a satisfying, medium-cooked microwaved steak. Foodbeast also says that using the high power setting will cook your steak faster, but a longer cook at medium power will make for a juicier steak.

So in the end, the brave steak testers confirm that cooking your steak in the microwave is indeed possible. However, if you want more control over how done it is, you should head down a more traditional route. Or, if you're still on the hunt for an off-beat cooking method, try cooking your steak in the air fryer.