How To Cook Swede In Microwave

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Swede In Microwave. Let me introduce you to the most delicious and fastest way to cook swede using the microwave and a steamer basket.

Also known as rutabaga or neeps, swede is delicious when cooked in the microwave and perfect for a quick Sunday dinner side dish.

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How To Steam Swede In Microwave Recipe

Swede In Microwave

I remember it like it was yesterday.

It was Christmas 2009, and it was our very first Christmas in Portugal in our own place. We had an apartment in a small town with a balcony big enough for a small barbecue and our satellite dish for our TV.

It was 2 bedrooms so fine for us and our then 8 year old son. (time goes too fast he is going to be 21 this year!)

I wanted to have the traditional Christmas dinner with all the trimmings. Roast turkey, roast potatoes, stuffing, veggie bake and of course swede and carrot mash.

But you know what??? This is of course Portugal that rarely has any food that you are craving and that you want.

In the end Dominic went to four different supermarkets all with a big drive from each, just so that we could have swede mash and swede in our Christmas veggie bake.

Dominic out getting swede was a bit like the Christmas film with Arnold Schwarzenegger called Jingle All The Way.

But he got it.

And now we have moved back to the UK, and we can get swede whenever we want, we can’t stop eating it and appreciating how delicious it is.

Today, I wanted to show you how easy it is to cook microwave swede and have a quick way to cook swede for whatever you plan on serving it with.

What Is Swede?

If you have not heard of swede, then note it’s a delicious root vegetable that is from the turnip family.

It is not boring like the classic turnip and has a great depth of flavour.

Though, if you are in the US you will call it microwave rutabaga, whilst in Scotland it is known as neeps. You can read all about the comparison here between swede and turnips.

Can You Steam Swede?

Yes, you can. Steaming swede is the easiest way to cook swede. There is no easier or faster way.

Whilst I love instant pot steamed swede, you still have the time to pressure, and can’t check on your swede during cooking, once it has gone to pressure.

Can You Cook A Swede In The Microwave?

Yes, you can. Cooking swede in the microwave is my new favourite way. You can peel and dice your swede, toss it in your favourite seasoning and microwave in a steamer basket.

The swede keeps its flavour because it is not being boiled and you will wish you had microwave swede every time you cooked it.

Why Does Swede Take So Long To Cook?

This is the annoying thing about cooking swede. Its such a slow process compared to faster cooking veggies such as our air fryer frozen green beans.

The reason why swede takes so long to cook is that it’s a root vegetable and is rather dry when you first peel it before you cook it.

This means a swede takes longer to cook than potatoes of the same size.

For example, I was making an air fryer breakfast casserole last night to make ahead for me and Dominic for a few days. I steamed diced potatoes and swede at the same time and found the swede was only 60% cooked when the potatoes were done.

Best Way To Cook Swede?

The best way to cook a swede….yes you guessed right, the best way to cook a swede is using the microwave.

You see (like I have just mentioned above) swede is a very slow cooking vegetable and takes FOREVER.

By cooking swede in the microwave you can speed up the process and then you will want to eat swede for dinner more often as its not as much of an effort as it used to be.

How To Prepare Swede?

Even though its popular to cook a singing swede in the microwave, I prefer to cook diced swede in the microwave.

Firstly, cut the top and the bottom off the swede and then peel the rest of the skin from the swede. A swede is similar to a potato for how easy you can peel it and a good vegetable knife will do the trick.

Secondly, slice your swede into large slices, then cut each of those long slices into cubes.

How To Prepare Swede

Finally, have a look at your diced swede. Do you feel like some bits of swede are too big? If that is the case, trim down some of the bigger bits until you have loads of medium chunks.

Your swede is now diced and ready to be seasoned before you steam your swede in the microwave.

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Microwave Swede Recipe Ingredients

Microwave Swede Recipe Ingredients

Swede – I recommend any medium sized swede, or rutabaga as you might call it. Aim for one in good condition as it will reflect on how good your swede tastes once you have cooked it in the microwave.

Water – To steam swede in the microwave you will need a tablespoon of water into the bottom of your steamer basket.

Seasoning – Then for seasoning your diced swede I recommend you keep it simple with salt, pepper, and thyme.

Optional – I love to cook my microwave swede with some butter. I add it in after the initial cook and then it will cook with the swede making a delicious side dish.

Then for the kitchen gadgets that we have used in this microwave swede recipe it has just been our Panasonic Microwave Oven. We have this one and its wonderful for many types of microwave recipes.

As well as your microwave you will need a good steamer basket that will fit in your microwave. We recommend this one.

How To Cook Swede In Microwave?

how to steam swede in microwave step by step
  • Liquid. Start by adding a tablespoon of water to the bottom of your steamer basket. This is so that you can perfectly steam your swede.
  • Prep. Start by peeling and dicing your swede into medium sized chunks. Avoid having diced swede of different sizes as some will cook quicker than others. Then load into the steamer with your seasonings and then with your hands mix the seasoning into the swede.
  • Microwave. Then place the lid on your steamer and then load your steamer basket into the microwave. Microwave your swede for 5 minutes. Then remove the lid, add butter and microwave for another 5 minutes.

And I am sure you can see now how easy it is to steam swede in the microwave and why it is a firm favourite of mine for a quick veggie side dish for dinner.

How Long To Cook Swede In Microwave?

The microwave swede cooking time is JUST 10 minutes. You start with 5 minutes, then add in butter and then the swede cooks for a further 5 minutes.

You can also add in other extras at the 5 minute mark such as cheese, extra seasonings etc.

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How To Cook Swede In Microwave

Swede In Microwave. Let me introduce you to the most delicious and fastest way to cook swede using the microwave and a steamer basket.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Microwave
Servings: 2
Calories: 109kcal


  • 1 Medium Swede/Rutabaga
  • 3 Tsp Light I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter
  • 1 Tsp Thyme
  • Salt & Pepper


  • Place one tablespoon of water in the bottom of your steamer basket.
    How To Cook Swede In Microwave?
  • Using a sharp kitchen knife cut off the ends of your swede. Then cut into large slices and cut those large slices into medium cubes. Then add to the steamer basket.
    How To Cook Swede In Microwave?
  • Add your seasonings and mix with your hands for an even coating.
    How To Cook Swede In Microwave?
  • Place the lid on the steamer and then place in the microwave.
    How To Cook Swede In Microwave?
  • Microwave for 5 minutes.
    How To Cook Swede In Microwave?
  • Stir, add butter on top, place lid back on steamer basket and microwave for a further 5 minutes.
    How To Cook Swede In Microwave?
  • Then do the fork test to make sure your swede is fork tender. If not cook for another 2-3 minutes.
    How To Cook Swede In Microwave?
  • Load into a serving dish and serve.
    How To Cook Swede In Microwave?


Optional – I love my swede with butter, but it is totally optional. Though if you are not adding butter, you will still need to stir the swede at 5 minutes.
Thanks for reading how to cook swede in microwave on Recipe This. We have many more microwave recipes for you to check out next. Though if you would like more delicious ideas to serve with your steamed swede, do check out our air fryer breaded pork chops.


Calories: 109kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 26mg | Potassium: 600mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 177IU | Vitamin C: 50mg | Calcium: 91mg | Iron: 1mg
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1 thought on “How To Cook Swede In Microwave”

  1. 5 stars
    Thank you. My swede turned out great, not too mushy, thanks for the tips and the steamer basket for the microwave is genius, thanks for letting me know where to get it.


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