Food - Drink
Can You Use A Dutch Oven In A Microwave?
By KAREN HART
A Dutch oven is an exceptionally sturdy and useful cooking pot to have in your culinary arsenal, and the real beauty of this vessel is that it can be used both on the stovetop and in the oven. While Dutch ovens are perfect for low and slow cooking, they don't quite when paired with faster, hotter cooking appliances.
Dutch ovens are usually made of cast iron and coated with enamel, and as you may know, metal is not suitable for use in a microwave. Microwaves cannot find a clear path through metal, so any food inside your Dutch oven cannot be cooked in a microwave, not to mention attempting this shortcut can be dangerous.
Heating metal in microwaves results in "arcing," a chemical process that can start a fire. If you have a convection microwave, it may heat your Dutch oven inside while the microwave is switched to convection mode, but getting your food to cook properly in there is much fussier than the classic, reliable stovetop and oven methods.