Microwaves use microwaves to cook food, and the microwaves are absorbed into the food by their water content. This can work well for foods that don’t have much water in them, like potatoes or meat.
But if you’re cooking something with a lot of water in it, like pasta or rice, it’s best not to put anything underneath it. The water in your plate or bowl will reflect some of the microwave energy back into your food, making it cook unevenly and possibly even burning some parts of the meal while leaving others undercooked.
Your microwave oven comes with a turntable (a rotating plate) so that heat is distributed evenly throughout the interior of your microwave oven. If you need more room in your microwave, try using a smaller plate than normal.
Last modified: September 6, 2022