Food Not Cooking Properly in Microwave

If food is not cooking properly or is cooking unevenly, the following tips may help:

  • Be sure the microwave glass tray is in place when using the microwave.
  • Incorrect arrangement of food in a container is one cause:
    • Place larger, thicker pieces toward the outside of the container and smaller, thinner pieces toward the center.
    • Place single items in the center.
    • Arrange several items in a circular arrangement around the center.
  • In some cases you may need to rotate the dish and stir or cover if appropriate, since trapped steam and heat help to promote even cooking. You can even lower the power level and extend the cooking time.
  • Make sure that the ingredients are well mixed/blended.
  • Use a ring-shaped or round container, if possible. Ring-shaped containers have no corners or center and result in faster, more even cooking.
    • The corners in square or oblong containers absorb microwave energy from four directions: the two sides, bottom and top.
    • The sides absorb energy from three directions: side, bottom and top.
    • The center absorbs energy from only two directions: bottom and top.
  • Make sure that the food is completely defrosted before cooking.


If you have checked the above items and you feel that your food is still not cooking properly, then we would recommend having your microwave checked by a service technician. For service, please schedule an appointment with GE Appliances Factory Service.