Microwave Cooking Time vs. Conventional Cooking Time

Microwave cooking can save you time when preparing many types of food. A microwave can cook many of your favorite foods in up to 75% less time than conventional gas or electric ranges.


Here are a few examples of foods that can be prepared in a microwave and a comparison chart of Microwave and Conventional cooking times:


FoodMicrowave Cooking TimeConventional Cooking Time
Chili (6)15 Minutes40 Minutes
Baked Apple (1)3-4 Minutes45 Minutes
Stuffed Peppers (6)22 Minutes60 Minutes
Fresh Asparagus (1 pound)9 Minutes22 Minutes
Lasagna17 Minutes45 Minutes
Brownies4-7 Minutes25-30 Minutes


Microwave cooking provides the convenience of:

  • Coordinating menus using frozen foods that can be cooked in the microwave right out of your freezer.

  • Preparing foods in a proper serving dish which leaves less pots and pans to wash.

  • Some foods can be cooked using paper plates which can then be tossed away!

  • The ease of re-heating foods.

  • The flexibility of quickly cooking a snack or meal.


The microwave energy generated from the magnetron tube is reflected from the oven walls and absorbed by the food so the heat in cooking with microwaves is confined to the food itself. Your microwave oven interior stays cool in most instances.