Unbelievable Microwave Risotto

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Yes it’s true you can make microwave risotto

I haven’t owned a microwave in 15 years because I don’t mind reheating things in the oven, defrosting in the fridge or making popcorn the old fashioned way.

But Panasonic approached me asking if I was interested in trying its new microwave because it’s the first technology upgrade in over a decade.

So here’s the scoop, microwaves when we grew up delivered energy in a straight line which is why when you defrosted chicken it would be gross and rubbery on the outside and still frozen on the inside.

But Panasonic’s Cyclonic Inverter® Technology spins in three dimensions surrounding food so that the heat is distributed equally.

For that reason alone I decided to put aside my skepticism and try it out.

I’ve been using it for a few weeks now and have to admit it’s really come in handy.

The microwave features a Genius Sensor with 20 different presets, like quinoa and oatmeal, which measures the food moisture and calculates the right time for cooking.

I wanted to give the microwave a real test and try microwave risotto.

Italian risotto is one of Dave’s favourite foods but it’s so time consuming.

You really need to pay attention while making it and stirring for 20 minutes is tedious.

How Does Microwave Risotto Compare?

With this microwave risotto you still need to stand and stir but at a fraction of the time. 

So making this on a weeknight is completely realistic instead of it being a dinner party dish.

I’m not going to lie, it’s not as good as standing and stirring over a stove but it’s pretty damn good.

The Basics of Traditional Italian Risotto

A northern Italian dish, everyone should learn to make Italian risotto once in their lives.

It’s not difficult but it demands attention. If you have time and don’t mind standing and stirring it can be quite satisfying to make something that restaurants charge $35 a bowl.

The basic steps are to saute onions, toast the rice and add liquid one scoop at a time, spending the next 15 minutes standing and stirring.

Microwave risotto

Microwave Risotto

Yield: 4 servings
Cook Time: 17 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes

Yes it's possible to make risotto in the microwave.


  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup arborio rice
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 5 tablespoons grated parmesan
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon oil


  1. In a microwaveable bowl mix onion, garlic, rice and oil. Microwave uncovered for three minutes.
  2. Add wine and chicken broth. Cover with plastic wrap and use Genius Sensor 14 for white rice. If you don't have a Panasonic microwave try the high setting for 17 minutes.
  3. Remove plastic wrap and stir in generous amounts of parmesan cheese.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1 Amount Per Serving: Calories: 179Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 301mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 0gSugar: 3gProtein: 7g

Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators. Although BaconisMagic.ca attempts to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.

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  1. Interesting. I have to admit that I hate microvawe.

    You are right everything always feels like half cooked rubber.


  2. microwaves are helpful, but making rissotto with it? don’t think so

  3. Wow Risotto can make by microwave.Unbelievable thank for sharing.

  4. I will be trying your recipe as I have a Panasonic Genius now. And I know that you published your article in 2015. I live in SA and has been the same since 1994. That is why we get such old tech here. Or we get stuff pushed by China.

    Regards, and keep safe.

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      Oh interesting! Let me know how it goes!

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