How to Cook Zucchini Noodles in the Microwave

zoodles after being cooked in mircrowave

“Zoodles,” a.k.a. spiralized zucchini has become a very popular way to enjoy your favorite pasta dishes that is gluten-free, low carb and low cal. Folks that have been getting into Paleo and Keto diets are also in on this vegetarian secret.

Although zucchini pasta is delicious served in any number of cold salads and warm comforting casseroles, it is also pretty tasty simply steamed the topped with a dollop of butter, olive oil and some fresh herbs.

Of course, when you cook zucchini noodles in the microwave, you don’t have to add any fats at all if you don’t want to. Unlike oven and stove-top cooking methods, you won’t need to keep your zoodles from sticking to the pan by adding oil, perfect for those on low-fat diets.


The process is simple:

  1. Thoroughly clean and trim the ends off of your zukes.
  2. Spiralize or slice to your desired shape and size.
  3. Place in a bowl and cover tightly with plastic wrap. Poke 3 small holes in the top to let some steam out during cooking.
  4. Microwave on high for 1 minute per cup of zoodles.
  5. Check on them and add another 30 seconds of cooking until the plastic wrap is bowing from the steam. You should get a nice burst of steam when you pull the cover off.
  6. Drain and serve.

The only warning I have about this method is that it is very easy to over do it. Since microwaves vary so much in terms of how fast they cook, you will have to get a feel for how long they take in your machine. The above estimates are based on what works for me.


How to Serve Microwaved Zoodles

pre-microwaved zucchini noodles

Although you can enjoy your cooked and drained spirals without adding any flavorings, they are dreadfully boring this way. Here are a few suggested toppings to make them more appealing:

  • Add a pat of butter – because of everything is better that way!
  • Garlic salt, pepper, chili powder or Italian seasoning have all been hits in my house.
  • Try chopped fresh herbs such as basil, thyme and (especially) tarragon for a fresh finish.
  • Balsamic vinegar or prepared vinaigrette is a tasty and healthy way to give this side a boost.
  • Top with your favorite sauce, just be sure to drain well first.
  • Grated parmesan cheese adds some bite and creaminess to this dish.

Microwaving gives you a fast and healthy cooking method for most spiralized veggies, including zukes. Do you have other inspiring ideas for finishing off microwaved zoodles? Share it with us in the comments!


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