It is often said that no traditional Middle Eastern meal is complete without hummus, and I can’t agree more.
Also known as Meze in Turkey, this dip has a nutty, earthly flavor and creamy texture that makes it irresistible with crunchy pita chips or fresh vegetables.
And it’s not only the flavor that makes it a hit. Hummus packs some major nutritional punch with its high fiber content, protein, and healthy fats. But to enhance its signature taste and texture, it is best served warm or hot rather than cold.
So, how do you reheat it? Can you microwave hummus?
The answer is unequivocal yes. Microwaving is an quick and easy way to turn your cold leftover hummus from day-old blandness into tasty goodness again. However, ensure to microwave it in short bursts and often stir to prevent it from turning tough and dry.
For more insights on whether you can microwave this Middle Eastern dip, how long it takes to microwave, step-by-step instructions, what to serve it with, and other tidbits, read below:
Is Hummus Healthy?
Hummus is one of the most nutrient-dense dip options as it’s packed in plant-based protein, dietary fiber, antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins.
Perhaps a brief recap of this Middle Eastern staple’s ingredients will allay any qualms you have about its healthfulness.
Let’s start with chickpeas, the main ingredient in hummus. If you want to limit your carb consumption or are simply on a diet, this dip is for you. Chickpeas are packed with plant protein, and fiber, which keeps you fuller for longer and curbs cravings.
Furthermore, they have a low glycaemic index, which means consuming them does not spike blood sugar levels and helps keep insulin at bay.
Then there’s tahini, the sesame seed paste that lends the dip its nutty, earthy flavor. This ingredient boasts high levels of unsaturated fats, which help lower cholesterol, reducing your risk of developing heart disease.
Oh, and if you’re worried about inflammation, don’t be. The antioxidants in sesame seeds will help combat inflammation, making it easier to recoup from illness and exercise.
And, before I forget, what is hummus without lemon juice and olive oil? These two ingredients provide tanginess and richness while boosting nutritional value. Lemon juice adds vitamin C and fiber, while olive oil delivers anti-inflammatory properties and healthy monounsaturated fats.
However, read the ingredients list carefully and avoid store-bought varieties with excessive sodium content and preservatives such as sodium benzoate and potassium sorbate. Overall, hummus is a terrific option for a nutritious alternative to traditional dips like ranch dressing.
Can You Reheat Hummus in The Microwave?
Yes, microwaving is a simple and quick way to reheat hummus without compromising taste or texture.
However, tread carefully; it is not as easy as tossing a tub into your microwave and hitting the start button. There are several guidelines to adhere to for a successful reheating experience. Let me explain.
I’ll admit microwaves are my go-to appliance for reheating food. From last night’s dinner leftovers to today’s lunchtime sandwich wrap, they’re an indispensable culinary tool. They offer convenience, speed, and efficiency that no other cooking technique can rival.
However, they say there are always two sides to every coin. And microwaves are not immune to this rule. One major drawback is that they have a bad rap for cooking erratically. If you don’t account for this problem (by stirring), your dish may end up hot on one end and icy on the other.
Similarly, hummus is not without its share of quirks. For example, if you microwave it for too long, it dries out and crumbles. On the flip side, too little time leaves it runny, greasy, and unappealing. As a result, one thing is evident; time is of the essence in this kitchen escapade.
Finding a sweet spot between these extremes is the true challenge. But, with a bit of experimentation and patience, it is conceivable. I find microwaving in short bursts rather than one continuous session works best. It gives me control over the whole process, ensuring consistent results.
How Long to Microwave Hummus?
Typically, it will take 10-15 seconds to reheat a single serving of hummus in the microwave.
So, why such a short time?
Like any other dip, hummus is easy to overheat. Microwave it for too long, and you’ll have a dry, crumbly mess on your hands. Conversely, take it out prematurely, and you end up with lukewarm goop that’s not as tasty or delightful as freshly baked hummus.
Striking a middle ground between these two extremes requires a little bit of finesse. You want your hummus smooth and creamy but still hot enough to tickle your taste buds. Luckily, there is a way out of this pickle.
I tested two ways to reheat my leftovers:
- Microwaving in one long session: This technique resulted in a lumpy texture and overcooked flavor. I couldn’t salvage the hummus as I was out of control of the reheating process.
- Microwaving in short bursts: Microwaving my hummus in 10-15 second increments yielded excellent results. The texture was incredibly smooth, and the flavor was just right, with a tinge of oven-freshness but not overcooked.
After testing both strategies, I recommend using the short burst method for the best results. However, the time may vary depending on your microwave’s wattage, the hummus brand, and your preferred consistency. So, adjust accordingly and monitor the process closely.
Tips For Microwaving Hummus
Below are a few tips for reheating your hummus in the microwave.
- Avoid microwaving your hummus in its original plastic packaging. Plastic has a bad rap for melting when heated, leaching toxins into your food. Instead, I suggest transferring the dip into a microwave-safe container, such as ceramic, glass, or porcelain.
- Add water to your dip before popping it in the microwave. The moisture prevents your hummus from drying out while reheating, improving the texture further. However, avoid adding too much water; otherwise, the hummus will turn into a soupy mess, ruining the texture and taste. I recommend one or two tablespoons per serving.
- Cover your dish with a microwavable lid or plastic wrap (not foil) before putting it in the microwave to avoid splatters on your appliance. It also traps steam, ensuring that the hummus heats evenly. However, poke some holes in the plastic wrap or vent the lid to release excess steam.
- Monitor your hummus closely throughout the process to prevent burning and overcooking. As previously mentioned, microwave in short intervals to gain control over the process. Remember to stir at each interval to ensure even heating.
How To Microwave Hummus
Now that we’ve proven that microwaving hummus improves its texture and flavor let’s discuss how to reheat it.
- Remove the desired amount of hummus from its packaging and transfer it into a microwave-safe bowl. If frozen, leave it in the refrigerator overnight to thaw before microwaving.
- Sprinkle some water on top of the hummus to prevent drying out while reheating.
- Cover the bowl of hummus with a microwavable lid or plastic wrap and pop it into the microwave.
- Microwave your dish in 10-15 second increments on medium until heated through and to preferred consistency. Don’t forget to stir the hummus after each increment to prevent sticking and ensure even heating.
- Once done, remove your hot and scrumptious hummus from the microwave and serve it immediately as desired.
What To Serve with Hummus?
Hummus is an undeniably diversified and versatile dip or spread that pairs well with virtually anything. If you’re seeking for some inspiration, here are my top three combinations.
- Pita Chips or Carrot Sticks with Hummus: Drizzle olive oil on pita chips or carrot sticks and serve with hummus for dipping. The crunchy texture of the toasted pita crackers and carrots contrasts nicely with the velvety hummus. Plus, this combo is delicious and healthy.
- Broccoli Sprouts with Hummus: For those watching their calories but still wanting something substantial, broccoli sprouts make an excellent substitute for crackers when served alongside hummus. The slight bitterness of the sprouts compliments the tanginess of this dip, offering a nice contrast in flavor.
- Sandwiches with Hummus: My favorite sandwich-and-hummus combo is roasted chicken breast with mustard mayonnaise, tomato slices, and lettuce on rye bread. Overall, it’s light and refreshing, making it ideal for lunch or as an appetizer before dinner.
How To Store Hummus
- Allow your hummus to cool before storing it to prevent condensation from forming on the container’s surface.
- Transfer your leftovers to an airtight plastic container, wrap tightly, and seal. This prevents your hummus from drying out by trapping existing moisture.
- Refrigerate the hummus. 3-4 days for homemade varieties, 5-6 days for store-bought ones.
Microwaving offers convenience and an easy way to turn your cold hummus into a hot, flavorful dip. It requires no additional ingredients and leaves your kitchen mess-free.
However, exercise caution to avoid overheating the hummus and ruining its flavor and texture. Microwaving in short bursts and stirring often prevents this from happening. When reheated, this dip will surely please even the pickiest of eaters.
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