Baking in Microwave Oven or Convection in India

You can bake In Microwave Convection or Microwave Oven. Convection mode is required for baking cake, cookies and Pizza. Simple Microwave cannot bake.

Written by Anil Gupta
  By Anil Gupta          Updated  8 Jan, 20

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How to bake in microwave is a common question these days when you have the various additional features, that come baked with a single device especially in India.

Microwave baking concept was popularized by devices that have the convection mode. If your device does not have this mode, baking in microwave is not possible.

Baking in Oven is pretty much same as Microwave Convection. In-fact, new age devices these days even have a combi mode of Convection + Micro that helps bake even faster than standard Ovens.

Microwave Oven is a standard term and the device may or may not be capable of baking, specifically in India.

We are answering all the basic questions related to baking (like cookies, Pizza and cake) with your Microwave device here.

What is the difference between Microwave and Microwave-Oven (Microwave with Convection mode)?

Microwave is a basic gadget that is primarily used for heating. It throws micro-waves horizontally which helps heat up the stuff pretty quickly.

Microwave Oven on the other hand is an extension of basic Microwave. The extension means that it has additional capability to do the Oven tasks as well.

The heating system of a ‘Microwave+Oven’ is a bit more complex and throws heat from all sides and hence helps in baking process. The convection mode is the term which is used by manufacturers to market Microwaves which can also do baking.

Can we bake Pizza in simple basic Microwave?

You cannot bake Pizza in simple Microwave.

Some of the basic microwaves might help you bake something and some people might contest this as well if they have done baking with them.

But, technically, they are not made for baking and you might not be able to achieve the same level of results as you might achieve with Microwave Oven.

Simple microwave can help you cook the cake but would not be able to give the brown crust. If you are okay with sacrificing the brown and crispy crust, you can actually use Microwave for baking as a hack.

We advice you to either use Microwave with convection or Oven. Did you know that you can bake in pressure cooker?

Should we buy a standalone oven or Microwave Oven or basic Microwave?

Microwave with convection mode is the best value for money if you want to do ‘ek teer se do nishaane‘ (solve two purpose with one arrow)

We also did the same and bought the microwave convection while we were in India.

If you do not plan to do any baking, I would recommend to buy only Microwave as it will cost you much less than the microwave with convection mode.

What temperature and time should be used for baking in Microwave convection?

The temperature and time settings should be same in Microwave convection as you would use in the standard Oven.
The recipe should remain same.

What mode should be used for baking in a microwave convection ? Only convection or Micro+Convection combo?

You can use either convection mode or micro with convection mode for baking in microwave convection.

Both modes (simple convection or micro + convection) serve the same purpose. The difference is that micro+convection mode runs on micro mode for some time and convection mode for the rest of the time. This is done to bake the food item on varying levels of heat at different point of time.

For example, if you set total time as 30 minutes, the device will run on micro mode for 30% of the time and rest 70% of time on Convection.

This percentage division depends entirely on your particular device and model. Check device manual for more information.

The device manufacturing companies argue that the micro+convection mode cooks or bakes the food faster than simple convection mode. We have not verified this claim but it seems logical.

Are Borosil glass utensils good for baking?

As per our own experience, we have not found Borosil baking dish (glass) good for baking. They are too thick and we have seen that the cake or any other stuff that you bake does not bake well from the bottom portion.

Basically, the portion which is hidden deep inside the utensil would not bake well.

It is advisable to use other bake-ware made with aluminium or steel with thin skin. This helps in baking the stuff evenly on all sides.

What kind of utensils can be used for baking and simple heating in microwave?

We use the standard microwave safe utensils for heating and oven safe ones for baking.
Normally, it is written on the utensil itself about its safe usage.

What is pre-heating and how can we do it in microwave oven or plain oven?

Pre-heating is a process of getting the microwave oven warmed up before baking.

This is same as you would heat up the griddle before cooking chapati or heat up oil before frying.

These days, almost all new microwave ovens or plain ovens have the automated option of pre-heating where you just need to select the temperature and start the pre-heating.

If you do not have this option or want to do it manually, then just select the temperature as per your recipe and start the equipment with nothing in it for the specified time.

For e.g. a recipe might ask you to pre-heat oven for 2 minutes on 400 F.

Is there any difference in the taste of the food cooked in Microwave Convection vs Oven?

We have used both Microwave Convection and an Oven to bake our cakes. They are almost same. Standalone Oven is definitely better but microwave convection is nothing less too.

What this means is that you can very well use Microwave Convection to bake with no worries about the quality of baking. We have not found any considerable difference.

Here is the Veggie Pizza that we baked using Microwave Convection.

As a matter of fact, we have used pressure cooker to bake cakes with same level of quality as any other Over or Microwave-Oven!

You can check out on your own the Molten Lava Cake in Cooker and Chocolate Nuts Cake In Cooker recipes.

Can we use Oven recipe in Microwave convection without any changes?

You can use the same recipe in both microwave convection and microwave oven without any changes.

We have tried and tested various temperature settings while baking in both Oven and Microwave Convection and found them to be same.

Can we use the plastic based utensils for BAKING which are given FREE with Microwave Oven purchase?

Our experience with the FREE utensils is bad. They just melted away when we tried to bake but worked fine when we used it just for heating.

What this means is that the FREE ones are only good for microwave mode. They can’t be exposed to baking. You should buy Oven safe utensils for baking even in Microwave Oven.

It is possible that the utensils that you received FREE with your purchase are high quality products and are Oven safe. Please check the marking on the utensil base. If it is good for Oven, you can use it for baking. In our case, the FREE ones were not Oven safe.

How to differentiate between micro-waving (heating) and baking in microwave Oven?

Microwave Oven has a different mode to set before you start doing anything with it. Make sure that you have set the Oven/Bake mode before starting to bake.

Normally, the default mode is Microwave i.e. heating.

Can we grill on the glass turntable of the Microwave Convection Grill?

You can grill on the glass turntable of the microwave convection grill.

The only thing is that the lower portion of the food item may not grill well. So, it is obviously better to use a grill if you have it but not absolutely necessary.

Microwave Oven in India vs USA

In some countries like USA and UAE, Microwave Oven is not marketed as the one capable of baking.

The microwave oven and microwave convection look the same and hence do not get confused.


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Please make sure that the device’s details do mark it as having ‘CONVECTION‘ mode (in addition to Microwave Oven), if you want to bake cakes, cookies and Pizza especially in India, Australia and UK.

If the Microwave Oven does NOT have ‘Convection’ mode, it is NOT capable of baking.

Baking Dishes That We Use

We use these basic baking dishes for all our recipes at inHouseRecipes:

#1 Bread Baking Pan – This rectangle pan is used for baking breads or bread shaped cakes.

Bread baking Dish

#2 Pizza baking dish – Circular pan with an opening in the middle. This helps in pushing out the Pizza easily after baking.

Pizza Baking Dish

#4 Cup Cake Baking Tray – Have small circular holes for baking multiple cup cakes at same time.

Cupcake bake pans

Use can buy a collection of these sets from Amazon easily in your country.

All Types of Baking Pans

Do you have anything to add to this article? Please share in the comments section.
Your suggestions/corrections and advises are most welcome.


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  1. Rajesh B Saxena
    Rajesh B Saxena 8 Jul, 18 at 10:27 am

    Dear Anil, I am glad to have you spend your valuable time explaining various topics on using microwave oven optimally. I have a serious issue with baking and grilling. I have morphy richards 25cg and whenever I have tried baking biscuits in Micro+Convection or Micro+Grill modes – Not a single time I have got nicely baked biscuits. they tend to turn brown and black. I used here Micro+convection mode with Preheat 140 degrees for 10 minutes. I tried 170 degree for 12 minutes 1st batch and 140 degree for 8 minutes 2nd batch but both the time it has turned out black and hard. Could you please guide me precisely what is wrong that I am doing. I would be grateful for every bit of useful information that you would provide. thanks and regards in advance. rajesh saxena


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 8 Jul, 18 at 11:55 am

      Hi Rajesh,
      By black, I assume you mean the cookie is getting burnt. This certainly means that you are keeping them for longer than they should be kept.
      The idea is to have them brown.

      Second, if they are getting hard, it is probably your dough that needs more oil while kneading. Else, it should not get hard.

      You can try our cookie recipe here:
      https://www.inhouserecipes.com/butter-cookies-recipe/


      • Rajesh B Saxena
        Rajesh B Saxena 8 Jul, 18 at 11:32 pm

        hi, thanks for your prompt response. my biscuits immediately begin browning and in a few minutes getting burnt. as mentioned above i tried keeping it at 140 deg for 8 mins too but within 4-5 mins it gets burnt and i have seen recipes baked for 12-14 mins at 170 deg. not getting help from morphy richards, i dont know if something is wrong with my microwave convection.


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 8 Jul, 18 at 11:59 pm

          This essentially means that your device is heating up pretty fast.
          When you see the cookie getting brown, you should stop the baking and taste how it feels.

          If the cookie is uncooked from bottom or inside, then you can cover the cookies with an aluminium foil and continue baking for another 3-4 minutes.

          Don’t worry. Baking takes a bit of time to understand the timing as each device works at different power level. Although the temperature settings in recipe are meant to be similar everywhere but the total time to bake differs a lot due to the size of the device.


          • Rajesh B Saxena
            Rajesh B Saxena 10 Jul, 18 at 9:38 pm

            can i cover with aluminium foil in micro + convection combi mode or even butter paper to protect from excess heat


          • Anil Gupta
            Anil Gupta 10 Jul, 18 at 9:55 pm

            Cover with Aluminium foil in Convection MODE only. Not in Micro+combi mode.
            Micro rays are not compatible with Aluminium foil. They may spark.


          • Rajesh B Saxena
            Rajesh B Saxena 11 Jul, 18 at 8:12 pm

            Sorry Anil I would like to inform you that my morphy richards 25 CG has 4 buttons Grill, Micro+Grill, Grill+Convection and Micro+Convection modes. I don’t have Convection button all alone. Could you please guide me in this regard cause if there is only combi mode then I wouldn’t be able to use Alu. Foil in Micro+Convection mode. Please Clarify if you have some good news for me for Convection mode cooking all alone in my microwave oven


          • Anil Gupta
            Anil Gupta 11 Jul, 18 at 11:48 pm

            Well, i would not suggest using Aluminium foil in micro+convection mode as micro waves will spark with foil.
            I am not sure how we can mitigate this situation as you need the hot air to travel below the cookie surface to make it bake.


  2. Fouzia Fayeja
    Fouzia Fayeja 10 Jun, 18 at 9:13 am

    my microwave oven has no convection mode but it has combination mode 1 and combination 2 mood .but how I set the temperature for bake ..I don’t understand bcz maximum baking food cooking on internet has given a fixed temperature.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 10 Jun, 18 at 2:00 pm

      If there is no convection mode, then you can’t bake in this microwave.
      Does any of those combination mode has ‘Convection mode’? Check your device’s user manual.


  3. Anish Tholath
    Anish Tholath 7 May, 18 at 5:57 pm

    Hi, i have tried using the some recipes found over internet (well rated recipes) to bake a cake in my microwave oven (in convection mode), but it turned out to be very hard on the top (smelled like it burnt a little) , and very undercooked in the middle. i have been told by some other who have tried baking in microwave have told me similar experiences as well that the cooking is very uneven, any tips on how to circumvent this?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 7 May, 18 at 6:02 pm

      Well, this means that your device is throwing more heat from top. Idea of convection cooking is to throw heat evenly around the object from all sides.

      To avoid the overcooking at the top, you can cover it with an aluminium foil after you see the brown crust. This way, you can add more time to overall baking and the middle portion will get enough leeway to get cooked.


      • Anish Tholath
        Anish Tholath 7 May, 18 at 6:57 pm

        so, if the recipe calls for 400W for 30 minutes, do i cook at that heat till the time the top browns and then cover it with foil and then heat at the same power till 30 minutes is over, or do i cook for more time? or do i need to cook at a smaller power for longer time?

        also i saw somewhere in the comment section you advising to use a grill to ensure that the air flow is available below the cake as well, do i use both the foil and the grill?


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 7 May, 18 at 7:04 pm

          Yes, using grill will also help to make the hot air reach the bottom and flow through.

          Yes, cover the top when you see that it has browned. The total time may need to be extended depending on the state of middle portion’s baking level. You have to do a bit of ‘trial and error’ before you can understand the timing of your device.


          • Anish Tholath
            Anish Tholath 7 May, 18 at 7:09 pm

            oh yeah, i am just starting out, but these are some great tips.. thanks a lot Anil for the quick reply.. you guys are doing a great job..


          • Anil Gupta
            Anil Gupta 7 May, 18 at 7:24 pm

            Thanks. You are welcome.