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Can We Use Steel Utensils in Microwave ? (An Ultimate Guide)

You cannot deny the fact that gradually the microwave oven is gaining momentum in Indian kitchens. We can use a microwave oven for too many different purposes, such as reheating food, baking cake, etc. The microwave oven is also a lifesaver for all those people who don’t know cooking. They can easily prepare their ready-to-eat food in minutes. The only problem is the specific types of utensils that we are suggested to use in the microwave.

You must have heard people or sellers from where you purchased your microwave oven telling you that you should avoid using steel utensils in the microwave. And it always has been a confusing question that- can we use steel utensils in microwave or not?

If you are also searching for the answer to this question, then you are probably in the right place. In this article, we will try to clear all your confusion related to microwave utensils. This article will also help all those who have just started using microwave ovens. Let’s get started- 

Can We Use Steel Utensils in Microwave – Detailed Answer

Our kitchen is filled with steel utensils. Mostly because steel has too many health benefits and often we are advised to avoid eating in plastic utensils. But if you have a microwave oven, you will probably be advised to use plastic or glass utensils to heat food and to avoid steel utensils.

Have you ever thought why? It is because microwaves cannot penetrate through the steel utensils. However, they create an electric current in the steel bowl, which generally does not have any consequences unless the metal has jagged edges or points. So, it is not denied that you cannot use steel utensils in the microwave.

But if you are using, then the open surface of your steel utensil or bowl should be more because the only way for microwaves to enter into that steel bowl is through its open surface. However, on the other hand, the best material to use in the microwave oven is glass and plastic. Even plastic is considered the most microwave-friendly material.

So, you can use steel utensils for light heating or boiling purposes. If you want high heat or hot food, then you should consider using plastic or glass containers.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are aluminum utensils safe to use in a microwave oven?

Yes, you can use aluminum utensils for convection mode. For any other mode, you should not try using aluminum utensils. Chances are, it can damage your utensils. 

Are our stainless steel utensils suitable for baking cakes in the microwave?

Yes, you can use stainless steel utensils for cake baking. But before putting your oven-safe steel in the microwave, check if your microwave oven is compatible with steel or not. Otherwise, it can create a spark and cause damage to your oven. 

Are all glass utensils safe to use in the microwave?

No, all-glass utensils are not safe to use in the microwave. To check if your glass utensil is microwave safe, refer to the container’s bottom and read the product guide. 


Now that you are done reading this article, I hope now you have a clear answer to the question- can we use steel utensils in the microwave. Apart from giving all possible information on this, I have also added some FAQs, which will help first-time users to clear their understanding of the use of microwave utensils.

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