Microwaves are usually associated with reheated leftovers, often canceling out any crisp textures you may have had in the original dish.
But the microwave doesn’t have to be the bane of texture’s existence. In fact, it’s the perfect tool to create some crunch. How? By frying things in it.
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In the newest episode of our YouTube series Today’s Special, Ashley Moore shows you how to turn your microwave into a convenient fryer to make those crunchy toppings you love, right at home.
The best part? There are no fancy tools required.
Today's Special with Ashley MooreIn this delightful YouTube series, Ashley shares her favorite easy, fun, and family-friendly recipes and shortcuts.
Ashley takes two of our favorite toppings—sweet, mild shallots and rich, earthy olives—to showcase that your microwave has uses beyond reheating leftovers.
- Fried shallots. Perfect to top salads and burgers. For this method, a glass or microwave-safe bowl acts as a mini deep-fryer. Simply add the oil and the shallots to a bowl and keep an eye on them while they fry.
- Crispy olives. For a crunchy finish to pasta or even as a satisfying snack. A plate with paper towels is all you need if your olives are oil-cured (which we recommend).