How to Cook Frozen Perogies in the Microwave + Steamed Vegetables in Microwave

Geoff from shows the best way to cook frozen perogies (pierogies) in the microwave without exploding or molten centres.

It’s a quick, easy, cheap, and healthy meal in 10 minutes!

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1 bag of frozen perogies, aka pierogies (still frozen, not thawed)
Some raw vegetables, such as zucchini or broccoli
Small amount of Cream Cheese
Dried oregano flakes
Fresh Ground black pepper to taste
Salt to taste

Steaming The Vegetables in the Microwave:
Wash, trim, and chop up vegetables, and pack into a microwaveable ceramic bowl. Add 1/4 cup of water, and cover with a ceramic plate as a lid. Microwave covered for 2 to 2.5 minutes on high heat, depending on the strength of your microwave. Remove from microwave using oven mitts.

Cooking the Frozen perogies in the microwave:
Place a ceramic bowl (microwavable) into the sink and add the frozen perogies. Using extremely hot tap water, fill the bowl with the hot water and keep the hot tap running for 2 minutes, making sure all perogies are submerged. It is important to use very hot tap water, to avoid exploding perogies and uneven heat distribution. Now drain the bowl and place bowl the drained perogies in the microwave and microwave uncovered for 2 to 3.5 minutes, depending on the strength of your microwave. Meanwhile, heat some olive oil in medium heat in a frying pan. Place perogies into frying pan and fry for 1 to 2 minutes, adding a small scoop of cream cheese. Season with oregano flakes and ground pepper to taste. Place into a bowl and serve.

I learned how to cook frozen perogies in the microwave the best way, even though the bag says microwave not recommended. The secret is to run the perogies under extremely hot tap water for two minutes before draining and then microwaving them on medium setting for 2 minutes. Then wait 1 minute for them to cool slightly and they should be safe to eat.

Please note that cooking times vary according to your microwave’s strength and the amount of food being cooked.

This method avoids the problem of exploding perogies, or creating perogies with molten centers that will burn your mouth severely.

You can always top with cheese or salsa, or even get fancy and add fresh chopped tomatoes.

Warning: Perogies may be very hot inside. Be careful. I remember back in college I tried microwaving perogies without following these steps and I seriously burnt my mouth!

Thanks for watching :)
Cheers, Geoff

Original background music of video by Laundryman, used with permission.
Original credits music by Geoff Peters, used with permission.

Technical notes: Camera: Sony Cybershot Rx100 (a really amazing camera!! highly recommended)
Sound: Zoom H1 with Sennheiser ME-2 lav mic, processed in Audacity.
Edited with Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5 on a Windows 7 Dell PC (Intel i7 and USB 3.0 for a faster workflow).
Audio synced with video using Pluraleyes.

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2 thoughts on “How to Cook Frozen Perogies in the Microwave + Steamed Vegetables in Microwave

  1. Sigal

    I like quick and simple recipes. I noticed you have discovered how to unleash the true power of the microwave.
    The video originally demonstrates what perogies disaster to be careful of..
    Nice presentation; good pictures at the end.

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