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How to Cook Pierogies in the Microwave

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How to Cook Pierogies in the Microwave
Frozen pierogies can be prepared in the microwave in about 5 minutes. Photo Credit Goodluz/iStock/Getty Images

Pierogies, traditional Eastern European dumplings, consist of a pasta-like dough encasing a filling that can include anything from potatoes and cheese to sauteed vegetables to fruit. Fresh pierogies can be deep-fried, sauteed, baked, grilled or boiled, but they cannot be cooked in the microwave. As a time-saving alternative, purchase frozen pierogies, which can be microwaved straight from the freezer, or after thawing. For the most nutrition with the least added fat, look for whole-grain pierogies.

Microwaving Frozen Pierogies

Step 1

Remove the package of pierogies from the freezer. Place the number of pierogies you want to cook in a microwave-safe bowl that can fit the dumplings easily. Return any remaining frozen pierogies to the freezer in an airtight bag or container.

Step 2

Add enough water to the bowl so that the pierogies are completely submersed. Cover the top of the bowl loosely with plastic wrap.

Step 3

Cook the pierogies in the microwave on the high setting for approximately 5 minutes. Remove the bowl from the microwave, drain the pierogies in a colander or strainer and serve.

Microwaving After Thawing

Step 1

Fill a bowl or small baking dish with hot tap water. Put your desired number of frozen pierogies into the water, returning any leftover pierogies to the freezer.

Step 2

Drain the pierogies in a colander. Arrange them in a single layer in a shallow microwave-safe dish. Cover the dish lightly with plastic wrap.

Step 3

Microwave the pierogies on high, planning on around 2 1/2 minutes for five or six pierogies and approximately 3 minutes for up to 12 pierogies. Remove the plastic wrap carefully and serve as desired.

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