How Long to Microwave a Hot Pocket

The hot pocket is one of the most convenient in-between meals snacks around. It’s delicious, simple, and comes with tons of different flavor profiles and textures.

But one of the most frustrating parts of the hot pocket is cooking it. How long do you need to throw it into the microwave?

Depending on the microwave, and how many you’re trying to cook, a hot pocket shouldn’t take any longer than 4 minutes on high. The internal temperature should be 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

Is it safe to microwave a hot pocket?

Yes, it’s perfectly safe. They were made to be cooked in the microwave, in fact. 

They can also be thrown into a toaster oven or conventional oven, but by far the microwave is the quickest and easiest method.

So long as the internal temperature has reached 165 Fahrenheit, there are no safety concerns.

How do you microwave a hot pocket?

Thankfully, this is a fairly straightforward method of cooking your pastry, it saves time and effort allowing you to be more productive or even get some much-needed rest during the brief cooking time.

For a 1100-watt microwave, the ideal cooking time hovers around 2 minutes. A 700-watt microwave will take a bit longer, closer to 3 minutes.

If you’re cooking two, you can do them at once. Just be sure to double the cooking time. 2-5 minutes should do it. However, it’s best to do them one at a time to ensure they reach perfect doneness.

Do you need a plate?

No, a plate isn’t necessary. You can simply slide the crisper sleeve onto the pastry and pop it into the microwave. 

If you choose to go the plate route, however, opt for a microwave-safe plate instead of paper or styrofoam. The heat will warp the plate or even melt through it. 

Plastic poses a health risk if it’s not designed specifically to be used in the microwave. Should it melt and come into contact with your food, it’s essentially ruined the dish.

Ceramic or glass is the best, safest option for microwaving food.

General tips

  • To ensure an even cook, remove the hot pocket halfway through the cooking time and give it a rough shake. This will jostle the filling around and spread the heat faster.
  • Be sure you know the wattage of your microwave, to get the correct cooking time.
  • Be sure to keep the hot pockets frozen and never thaw them. They’re highly perishable.
  • Stick to paper towels or microwave-safe plates, instead of paper.

Final Thoughts

While it’s definitely not hard to cook a hot pocket in the microwave, there are a few things to keep in mind to get this pastry absolutely perfect.

In summary, pay attention to the wattage of your microwave for appropriate cooking time, and don’t toss out that crisper sleeve if you’re concerned about soggy bread.

The hot pocket is the perfect snack for any age, and this guide should help you get the best out of it.

If you follow the directions on the package, you’ll likely end up with a gross soggy pastry instead of the delicious treat you were expecting.

Be sure to use the crisper pouch, to ensure that you get the crunchy crust.