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. Aatka Sharmeen
    Aatka Sharmeen 25 Jan, 16 at 10:20 am

    hi..
    i don’t have a microwave or oven so can i baked the same recipes of cakes in pressure cooker…??? i have a little bit confusion that in baking the cake in pressure cooker, will there be any difference in taste of the baked cake as comparing to the cake baked in oven..???


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 25 Jan, 16 at 4:18 pm

      There would not be much difference in taste and texture, if you bake in cooker. You can refer these recipes that we have specially made in cooker, sharing the tried and tested way of making cake:
      http://www.inhouserecipes.com/tag/cooker/


  2. Vartika Garg
    Vartika Garg 4 Jan, 16 at 7:48 am

    Hi,

    I have Kenstar KJ30CSL6 Microwave Oven.

    To make Tandoori Chicken, as per the cookbook given along with the Microwave we have to grill the chicken in micro-Grill combination at 60% power for 15 minutes.

    I have set the mode to Micro-Grill combination for 15 minutes. But I am not sure how to set the power to 60% in this mode. I have gone through the manual given along with the MWO, but could not find anything of help.

    Can you please tell me what is the power when we operate this MWO in a combination mode?

    Also, do you have any grill recipes and tips on how to use this MWO in grill mode or combination mode?

    Thanks in advance 🙂


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 5 Jan, 16 at 1:27 am

      Hi Vartika,
      At our end, It is difficult to help you with specific device instructions. The best way is to refer the device manual.
      Normally, each device operates at 100% power and there is no need for power changes.

      If you are not able to adjust the temperature, you can try to to reduce the total time. For example, in case of chicken grilling, grill it for 12 minutes instead of 15 minutes.

      We are in the process of making grill recipes and would share them soon.


  3. Upulie Han
    Upulie Han 23 Dec, 15 at 1:09 pm

    Thanks. This helped alot


    • Maahi
      Maahi 23 Dec, 15 at 4:18 pm

      Nice to know that our information helped you.
      Thanks for having interest in our article.


  4. Amba Saha
    Amba Saha 11 Dec, 15 at 3:02 pm

    can i use conv./combi mode for baking acake


  5. Andleeb Abbasi
    Andleeb Abbasi 31 Oct, 15 at 5:16 pm

    hi, i bought DW112C Dawlence microwave oven. They have given a free Pan for making Taftans, Naan, Pizza etc. can i you it to bake a plain cake?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 2 Nov, 15 at 2:24 pm

      Hi Andleeb,
      Does the free pan has sufficient height to hold the cake batter/paste inside? If yes, then you can use it to bake.
      I have not seen those utensils and would advise you make sure that they have ‘Oven’ Safe marked on them.

      ‘Oven safe’ utensils are safe for baking.


  6. Tia
    Tia 15 Oct, 15 at 4:52 pm

    Hi Anil, a very helpful article.
    I bought Kenwood MWL 425. I have no experience of baking so I assumed any oven would bake cakes,muffins etc. But the retailer, after purchase, says it doesnt bake. Your article gives me some hope but I still have doubts about the oven i bought. Could you please check the specifications and clarify? http://www.kenwoodworld.com/en-ae/products/cooking-and-baking/microwave-ovens/mwl425-microwave-oven-0wmwl42507?TabSegment=specifications


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 15 Oct, 15 at 5:15 pm

      Hi Tia,
      Looks like this device does not support baking. I went through the link and it only says “cooked, grilled, reheated or defrosted” as its functions. This means that you won’t be able to bake (like cake, cookies etc).

      I agree that the name is mis-leading as this device is only capable of Microwave functions. But, can’t comment on marketing strategies of various companies.
      I am sorry.


      • tia
        tia 16 Oct, 15 at 7:02 am

        Thank you Anil. Guess I will have to return it. Since names and retailers are misleading nowadays,what should I look out for when buying a device which has all functions (bake plus grill,reheat etc)?


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 16 Oct, 15 at 5:39 pm

          You should read the product description to see if it explicitly says ‘baking’.
          Some of the Microwave’s have convection mode and is designed to add baking feature. So, if it has this added feature, its product description should say that it can ‘bake’.


  7. meidy
    meidy 14 Oct, 15 at 3:45 pm

    hai Anil,
    just curious how big is your baking pan? does it scratch with the wall of the micro oven? because mine is like that every time I bake the turntable start to roll, and the quarter pan size bump with the wall. last time, my cake turns out great. Today, there a little spark of fire. I don’t know what’s going on. mine MWO is La germane F45MWOD9X
    thx and love the articles. helps ease my questions about using this MWO.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 15 Oct, 15 at 2:19 am

      Hi Meidy,
      I think we had 9 Inch diameter pan. Ideally, the pan should not scratch or touch the wall.

      Try to get a smaller baking pan that can fit easily in your microwave Oven.

      Please do contact the device manufacturer service center if you are experiencing the spark.
      I have never seen or heard any kind of spark inside the oven while baking.

      Let me know if you need more information.


  8. Paramjeet Khalsa
    Paramjeet Khalsa 18 Sep, 15 at 3:16 pm

    HI , we have only microwave,oven,crisp,grill option in our microwave oven… in which option can I bake cake ? is is possible without convection one ? or I need to buy a new one 🙁


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 18 Sep, 15 at 3:51 pm

      Hi Paramjeet,
      Use the ‘Oven’ option. Oven = Microwave with Convection mode.

      Convection is a just a term used in Indian market and it means that a Microwave (with convection) is capable of baking too.


      • Paramjeet Khalsa
        Paramjeet Khalsa 19 Sep, 15 at 4:56 pm

        Thank you so much!


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 19 Sep, 15 at 5:01 pm

          You are welcome.


  9. uche
    uche 2 Sep, 15 at 3:55 pm

    Hello Anil, I’m thinking of buying LG MWO 2022B microwave oven, I want to know if it can bake and grill


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 2 Sep, 15 at 4:34 pm

      I don’t know why but none of the websites (including LG.com) has any information about what all this appliance does! I tried finding its specifications but nothing has been mentioned anywhere.

      I am assuming, by looking at its name, that it indeed has the capacity to bake (as it says Oven) including Microwave (heating).
      Can’t comment about its grilling options as I have not found any ‘user manual’ either.


  10. Sneha
    Sneha 27 Aug, 15 at 12:52 pm

    Hi Anil, I used Borosil dish for making cake in my microwave oven in convection mode. But it didn’t came out well. From inside it was half cooked and on surface it was hard. Is it because I used borosil Utensil ?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 27 Aug, 15 at 1:29 pm

      Yes, most probably, the reason is Borosil utensil.
      As per our experiments with Borosil, their dishes are hard and does not let the heat penetrate. This leaves the cake uncooked from inside.

      We have specifically mentioned this in one of the question above.


      • Sneha
        Sneha 28 Aug, 15 at 8:33 am

        Yes I saw that… just need to confirm… Thank you so much…. 🙂


  11. Sanket Jain
    Sanket Jain 16 Aug, 15 at 3:02 pm

    I’ve an IFB model(~2008) with convection. I’m unable to make cookies or pizzas in the convection mode. The pizz base just doesn’t rise even in convection, whereas it’s very easy to bake in OTG.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 16 Aug, 15 at 5:02 pm

      The chances are that your microwave convection is not performing to its full capacity.
      It should bake well.


  12. samir mittal
    samir mittal 20 Jul, 15 at 3:55 pm

    hello anil , actually am using electrolux oven microwave , but i doesnt have temperature setting like 180 degree and all . actually i wanted to make cake , and i don’t know what temperature it should be baked , my oven microwave do have a settiing of low,med,high and setting its also have a setting of numbers like 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 and so on. please help me to make on what setting in my oven microwave and i also wanted to know what type of cake container i should use in this microwave
    thank you
    antriksh


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 20 Jul, 15 at 4:25 pm

      Hi Samir,
      I looked at couple of Electrolux Microwave Oven user manuals and found that they have provided numbers for various temperature levels, as you have already mentioned.

      This is the chart for the degree Celsius and the numbers. Choose the number for the desired temperature, as mentioned in the recipe (see the attached image).


      • neelam joshi
        neelam joshi 9 Jul, 16 at 11:52 am

        Hi Anil. I read ur article and got information about the microwave. I just bought a grill microwave oven and I am not able to understand that is this a failure to me coz I bought it for making pizza and cakes & cookies.

        Plz tell me about the Electrolux microwave grill oven and its related recipes.


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 9 Jul, 16 at 1:25 pm

          Hi Neelam,
          If the device’s manual / product details do NOT list the convection as its feature, then you will not be able to BAKE in it.

          Simple microwave and grill features are different than baking. If you are not sure, do share the device’s model number and name and i will try to help you.


  13. Long Drive
    Long Drive 3 Jul, 15 at 11:17 am

    Hi Anil, one request, kindly give insight as to how we can use ‘grill mode’ and for what purposes it should be used, the way you have explained here about Microwave and Microwave Convection Mode.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 3 Jul, 15 at 3:16 pm

      Sure. I will try to do an article on Grill mode too.


  14. Long Drive
    Long Drive 3 Jul, 15 at 11:12 am

    Very well explained!!! Thank you 🙂


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 3 Jul, 15 at 3:15 pm

      Thanks Long Drive.


  15. smriti
    smriti 14 May, 15 at 8:31 am

    hi.. I am using IFB 30SC3 Microwave with oven and convection and grill functions.
    I have Learnt baking a cake by seeing Maahi’s Eggless cooker cake recipe and i used to bake it in the cooker for a long time.
    I have tried the same recipe in my microwave using the convection mode but it has never come out perfect as it used to be when i baked in cooker.
    Problems i faced :
    1. I generally till 2-3 times used to bake my cake at 180 C in convection mode for arnd 30 mins.
    but most of times to completely bake the cake , it used to get over browned from the top or nearly burnt
    2. if i lower the temperatures to arnd 150 – 160 C i realized that there was no over browning but the cake was not getting baked from the bottom.. but it had a beautiful golden brown color.

    Therefore I would really like to know the temperature settings i can use to bake the cake with convection mode in microwave along with the preheat temperatures

    Hope to see a reply soon


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 16 May, 15 at 2:29 pm

      Hi Smriti,

      We do have the Eggless cake recipe for Microwave Oven here:
      http://www.inhouserecipes.com/eggless-cake-in-oven/

      As I understand from your experience with baking in Microwave Oven, you are facing issues with the over browning or unbaked cake, if you reduce the temperature. Here is what I suggest:

      1. Do not reduce the temperature from 180 C. You need 180 C to bake the cake. This is important.
      2. Are you using the ‘convection mode’ or a combination of ‘Convection + Micro’ mode in your device? I would suggest to use the ‘Convection’ mode only, if available. ‘Convection+micro’ mode divides the total running time between micro (micro heating) and convection (baking) to cook faster and may sometimes result in the over cooking of cake top. I believe this is what is happening.
      3. To overcome the over-browning of cake on top, you can cover the top with aluminium foil after 25 minutes of baking. This will help reduce the heat on its top and let the bottom bake on same 180 C.

      Let us know if this helps in fixing the issue. We are glad to help you.


      • smriti
        smriti 29 May, 15 at 10:08 am

        hi Anil.. i have been using the convection mode only for baking. i think i will try the aluminium foil trick this time n will let u knw how it turned out.. thank u so much


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 29 May, 15 at 1:42 pm

          okay. Let us know if you face any issues.


          • smriti
            smriti 1 Jul, 15 at 10:46 am

            hi anil thank u so much… the cake turned out to be better than before… 🙂 .. will keep posting…


          • Anil Gupta
            Anil Gupta 1 Jul, 15 at 10:49 am

            Great. I am glad it helped.


  16. Sandy
    Sandy 13 Mar, 15 at 3:04 am

    i am using LG conventional oven.. is it necessary to preheat the oven to bake a cake..i didnt find ‘preheat’ button in my oven.. i have ‘cake’ button in my oven..


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 13 Mar, 15 at 10:43 am

      Hi Sandy,
      Pre-heating is an important step.

      Have you made chapati (roti) on tawa? What happens if you try to cook chapati without pre-heating the tawa? It tends to harden the chapatai.

      Similarly, cake needs a bit of hot environment to start baking properly.

      If your device does not have pre-heat option, then the simplest way is to press the bake button after selecting the desired temperature. Let it be like this empty(without cake) for about 3-4 minutes.

      Add the cake for baking after 3-4 minutes and you will be good.

      Does that answer your question?


      • Sandy
        Sandy 16 Mar, 15 at 1:32 am

        yes.. thank you so much


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 16 Mar, 15 at 1:33 pm

          You are welcome Sandy.


  17. rohit
    rohit 17 Feb, 15 at 11:20 am

    i am thinking for samsung ce73jd-B


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 17 Feb, 15 at 2:42 pm

      Good choice.


  18. Falguni
    Falguni 31 Jan, 15 at 7:58 am

    thank u very much.this article helped me a lot to reduce my tension about convection microwave oven.but i am still litle bit confused about the utensils.my manual book says that don’t use aluminium or steel in convection mood.but i am quite easy with that is baking.so, can u suggest me is this utensils okay or not?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 31 Jan, 15 at 4:31 pm

      Hi Falguni,
      It is recommended that you use the utensils which are marked as ‘Oven safe’ in Microwave convection mode. Oven safe utensils are designed to stand high heat for longer duration of time. Please remember that convection mode is nothing but an oven mode.

      Your device’s manual would also suggest the same. Are Aluminium and Steel utensils that you have, marked as Oven safe? If not, then do not use them as they are not made and have not been tested for high heat.


  19. kittu
    kittu 19 Dec, 14 at 7:57 am

    hi.. Is it better to bake cake in convection mode or combo of convection + microwave? actually my que is when we use combo of micro+convection?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 19 Dec, 14 at 4:39 pm

      Hi Kittu,

      Both options are fine with respect to baking.
      The only difference would the speed of cooking. In simple terms , the combination of convection+microwave would help you cook the food faster or bake the cake faster. This is claimed by most of the Microwave Oven manufacturers in their manuals.

      So, technically, what combo options available in the device would do is, run it on microwave for 30% of the time and 70% on Convection mode.

      For example, if you set to bake a cake for 30 minutes with this combo (microwave + Convection), the device would run microwave heating for 9 minutes and on convection heat for 21 minutes.
      On the other hand, if you just run it on convection for 30 minutes, it will only do convection heating.

      I think only convection is better as it emulates the conventional oven. But, it depends on your personal choice of cooking.
      If you feel that Micro+convection gives you better and faster results, you should definitely go for it.

      By the way, it was a very good question to ask. I would add this in the article with your name.
      Thanks for writing in.


  20. souju
    souju 30 Oct, 13 at 4:58 am

    hi anil,we stay in singapore..can u plz suggest me a good microwave oven with convection mode???