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15 Pieces of Microwave Cookware That Make Meal Prep So Much Easier

These genius microwave accessories will cut your meal prep time in half.

Whether you're cooking in a dorm room, camper, or tiny home—or just don't want to deal with the heat and hassle of stovetop cooking—there's a piece of easy-to-use, easy-to-clean microwave cookware out there for everything from eggs to hot dogs to rice to chocolate cake. And while these 15 genius pieces of microwave cookware prepare part of your food at the touch of a button, you've got plenty of time to get the rest of your meal ready—or just kick back and wait for the timer to beep. What are you waiting for? It's time to get cooking!

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This Bacon Cooker

white bacon rack

Everybody loves bacon, but the splatter, mess, and time spent tending the pan while the rest of breakfast gets cold isn't exactly a blast. With this BPA-free tray, you can quickly cook up to 14 slices, leaving just enough time to chug your coffee before the family gets restless. And to get them crispier, you can simply add a few seconds to the timer to make sure there isn't a soggy slice in the bunch.

$10 at Walmart
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This Rice Cooker

white rice cooker with wooden spoon in it
Nordic Ware

Get soft fluffy rice every time without any risk of a burnt pot. Add rice and water, pop it in the microwave, and you'll have all the time you need to prep and cook the rest of dinner. Even better: You can also use it to make pasta and steam vegetables.

$16 at Nordic Ware
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This Omelet Maker

ceramic bowl with peak in the middle
Uncommon Goods

Breakfast is literally seconds away with this handmade stoneware one-egg omelet maker. Each one is unique and beautiful, making it both functional and attractive enough to leave out on your counter in between uses.

$25 at Uncommon Goods
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This Kettle with Spout

woman's hand pouring water from red kettle
Bed Bath & Beyond

You'll never have to deal with messy transfers from stove to bowl again with this BPA-free, dishwasher-safe microwave pot, which has a handle and spout to easily pour hot soup or other liquids. It can even steam vegetables! Pick the four- or eight-cup option, and you'll have everything you need to prepare dinner for yourself—or the whole family.

$14 and up at Bed Bath & Beyond
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This Cake Maker

slice of red velvet cake on white plate
Rapid Brands

Yes, it's true: you (or any aspiring baker you know) can make an actual cake in the microwave. Take the prep work out of dessert by following the measuring lines, and you'll be enjoying that red velvet in way less time than it takes to watch an episode of the Great British Baking Show.

$10 at Rapid Brands
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This Pasta Cooker

red and white microwave pasta cooker next to cherry tomato on butcher block counter
Pampered Chef

Make your sad desk lunch (or normal dinner) a little happier with this pasta maker, which cooks up one or two servings of pasta or other grains in just 10 minutes—just enough time to sauté some veggies and heat up a tomato sauce for toppings. It's full service, too: the silicone lid doubles as a strainer.

$25 at Pampered Chef
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This Mini Veggie Steamer

green veggie steamer with clear lid

Get a jump on your New Year's resolution to eat healthier with this mini vegetable steamer. It makes two cups of fresh or frozen vegetables, and the nonstick surface makes cleanup quick and painless.

$15 at Walmart
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This Egg on a Bagel Maker

cup with eggs in it and stack of plates with bagel on it
Uncommon Goods

Make a breakfast sandwich that puts your corner deli to shame with this clever egg-on-a-bagel maker. Whisk up some eggs or egg whites into the stoneware bagel-shaped dish, microwave for 60 seconds, and add some avocado or cheddar cheese for a hearty breakfast on the go. The only hard part? Deciding between putting your brilliant creation on plain or poppyseed.

$25 at Uncommon Goods
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This Hot Dog Steamer

hot dogs in red microwave tray and on white plate
Nordic Ware

At your next backyard barbecue, say goodbye to messy grilling with this hot dog steamer, which holds four hot dogs, sausages, or bratwursts. They cook in just a minute, so you can spend your time putting together a bangin' toppings bar instead. Think outside the mustard-and-ketchup box and try sauerkraut, jalapeños, or homemade pickles.

$8 at Nordic Ware
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This Fish Steamer

white three-tiered microwave steamer
Bed Bath & Beyond

We all know we should be eating more fish to keep our hearts happy, but that lingering smell after pan-frying or baking is a real turnoff. With this steamer, simply toss in a filet with your preferred seasoning, and five minutes later, bam—perfectly cooked fish without the muss and fuss.

$10 at Bed Bath & Beyond
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This Collapsible Food Cover

hand holding red and clear accordion cover over plate of broccoli
Sur La Table

Heat up leftovers of any kind with this expandable cover, which is perforated so steam can escape while food splatter is contained. It's also dishwasher safe and collapses to a one-inch thickness for easy storage. Pro tip: keep it in the microwave so it's always there when you need it.

$8 at Sur La Table
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This Egg Poacher

two eggs in a white container next to sliced bread
Nordic Ware

Level up Sunday brunch with this double poacher—the most impressive and formidable of egg preparations. Crack one or two eggs into the compartments, pierce the yolks with a fork, add a little water, and in a minute or under, you're ready to slide those puppies on to avocado toast or eggs benny.

$5 at Nordic Ware
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This Three-Quart Cooker

black bucket with white lid
Pampered Chef

Those nights when it's too hot to turn on the stove—or you just don't have the energy to prepare a full meal—this three-quart cooker has you covered for all the staples you'll need for family dinner. It can make brown or white rice, quinoa, and pasta, as well as broccoli, potatoes, and other vegetables and sides.

$29 at Pampered Chef
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This Tortilla Warmer

brown plastic tortilla warmer on white background
Bed Bath & Beyond

Next Taco Tuesday, heat up and keep your tortillas nice and toasty in this warmer; you can serve and store them in it as well! Serve with margaritas, natch.

$7 at Bed Bath & Beyond
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This Mini Grill

two black and red grill discs with veggie burger and zucchini slices on them
Uncommon Goods

If you thought that all this microwaving meant sacrificing the taste and texture of a juicy burger or delicious veggie medley right off the charcoal, think again. This microwave grill is the best of both worlds, giving you your fresh-off-the-grill favorites without the messy cleanup.

$40 at Uncommon Goods
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