Q: Can you please help us with a recipe?
We must cook this under 20 minutes
We only have a microwave and an electric pan

A: Although microwaves have become an integral part of most households, they are still largely underutilized. this recipe is for a simple Seafood Pilaf, but once you get comfortable with how your microwave works you can really start been imaginative with cooking fantastic dishes from delicious Thai green Curry’s and curried butternut soups to superb desserts like flop proof carrot cakes and crème caramels.

This recipe is from one of our Microwave Cooking course which we did in our recent Individual cooking class at Wickedfood Cooking School.

Rice, with a mixed seafood base of squid, fish and mussels. This dish is delicious served hot, or the next day at room temperature for lunch.


1T oil
½ cup rice
½t turmeric
125g mushrooms, wiped clean and halved
1 baby marrow, sliced
1 pepper, seeded and cut into strips
1 small onion, finely chopped
¼ fish or chicken stock cube, dissolved in 1 cup water
1⁄3 cup orange juice
200g fish fillets, cut into 3cm chunks (kingklip, hake, red snapper, Cape salmon)
4 prawns cleaned
6 cooked mussels, shelled
50g squid, cleaned and cut into rings
1 tomato, roughly chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
  1. In a large pyrex bowl that will eventually hold all the ingredients, mix together the oil, rice and turmeric. Microwave on 900W for 1 minute.
  2. Add the mushrooms, marrow, pepper, onion, stock and orange juice. ¾ cover the dish with gladwrap and microwave on 900W for 10 minutes, stirring halfway through. Allow to stand for 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in the fish and prawns, and microwave at 600W for a further 4 minutes, stirring halfway through.
  4. Add mussels, squid and tomato, and cook for a further minute, adjust seasoning and serve.

Serves 2

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Wickedfood cooking School offers once-off cooking classes at its cooking studio every Monday at 6pm. These classes are great for hobby cooks wanting to learn more about a specific cuisine or skill.

Wickedfood Cooking School in Johannesburg also offers team building cooking classes at their purpose-built cooking studio in Sunninghill. These classes are a novel way to get participants to interact with one another in an environment that is fun and exciting. Our instructors are great at making participants relax and enjoy a team building activity that is not stressful non boring. Wickedfood Cooking School has been in operation since 2001 and our cookery classes have become very popular with corporates over the years.