Nouvelle Nuke


Your microwave can do more than just pop popcorn. Try these ideas from Chefs Bryan and Michael Voltaggio, authors of Volt Ink.


5-minute Curry Applesauce

Why: It’s a fast side dish for pork.

How: Peel, core, and thinly slice four Granny Smith apples. Put the slices in a microwave-safe bowl and loosely cover it with microwave-safe plastic wrap. (Don’t let the plastic touch the apples.) Nuke on high until the apples mash easily, about 5 minutes. Puree in a blender and serve, or refrigerate for up to 3 days. Add a pinch of curry powder and pair with pork, or eat it alongside Greek yoghurt at breakfast.


Quick Parmesan Crisps

Why: They’re a low carb alternative to croutons.

How: Grate enough Parmesan to completely cover a small, circular, microwave-safe plate. Microwave on high until the cheese is crisp, about 80 seconds. Remove the plate and let it sit for about 10 seconds; then peel the cheese from the plate and serve it with Caesar salad or as a garnish for soups.


Salmon with Shiitakes

Why: It’s a fish dinner that’s ready in 15 minutes flat.

You’ll need: 1 Tbsp butter, 2 shallots (minced), 1 salmon fillet (125g-175g), salt, freshly ground pepper, 1 cup mixed mushrooms (such as cremini, shiitake, or trumpet), 1 tsp fresh rosemary and parchment paper.

How: In a medium microwave-safe bowl, nuke the butter until melted; add the shallots and nuke 2 minutes. Brush the salmon with some of the butter; season with salt and pepper. Toss the mushrooms in the remaining butter and season with salt and rosemary. Fold a 35-45cm sheet of parchment paper in half; then open it and spoon the mushrooms onto one side. Place the fish on top and fold the other half of the paper over, crimping it closed. Microwave on medium until the parchment steams, 5 minutes.



Food styling by Melissa Reiss. Photography by Brock Davis


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