How to Microwave Brown Lentils

1 reviews
5.0 1
// How to Microwave Brown Lentils

Prep Time

1 min

Cook Time

32-33 mins

Free Time

to read a few pages of your book

Looking for an easy way to add more fiber to your diet? Brown lentils, known for their high fiber content and nutritional benefits, can be prepared super quickly using the microwave. Make a big batch for stirring into soups, adding to curries, or topping salads.

Important: This recipe works only with brown lentils. Other varieties like red, beluga, and green lentils have different cooking times!

Anyday Basics, brown lentil, Anyday Basics, Rice & Grains, meal prep, new recipes_1 Anyday Basics, Rice & Grains

What You’ll Need

What You’ll Need

The Medium Deep Dish

The best dish for 1-2 portions of grains, veggies, mac and cheese, ramen, and more.

The Anyhand Mitts

Handle hot Anyday dishes with care with these microwave mitts that double as trivets!
Try Anyday

Select your serving size and microwave wattage in the dropdown. The recipe will change accordingly.

1/2 cup brown lentils

Select your microwave wattage in the dropdown. The cook times in this recipe will automatically change accordingly.


To find your microwave’s wattage, look at the front panel, the side of the door, in the back, in the user manual, or Google the model number. If both an input and output wattage are listed, use the output.

Wattage translates to how powerful the microwave is. The higher the wattage, the faster your food will cook. The lower the wattage, the longer the cook time.

When in doubt, start with less time — you can always add more.

Microwave oven by power - 700w



The Medium Deep Dish


  • ½ cup (100g) brown lentils
  • cups water


  1. Add the water and brown lentils to the Anyday Deep dish.
  2. Cook uncovered in the microwave for 32-33 minutes, or until the lentils are tender.
  3. Rest covered for 5 minutes, then strain if needed.

Serving suggestions & tips

  • Season with Italian dressing and pesto for a quick salad.
  • Stir into soups to add some fiber and texture.
  • Sub in chicken or vegetable stock for water for extra flavor.

Recipe notes

  • his recipe works only with brown lentils. Other varieties like red, beluga, and green lentils have different cooking times!
  • You don’t need to soak the lentils before cooking them in the microwave.
  • Microwave ovens vary, even with the same wattages. Adjust cooking times as needed.

Microwave Match Up: Brown Lentils

See for yourself— microwaving brown lentils is simply faster, start to finish.

Appliance Cook Time
Microwave in an Anyday dish 25 mins
Stovetop* 25-30 mins
Instant Pot (Pressure Cooker)* 25 mins
*Includes preheat time

All You Need to Know About Microwaving Brown Lentils

How long does it take to cook lentils in the microwave?

Ingredient Water Cook Time
1/2 cup brown lentils 1 1/2 cups water 32-33 mins
1 cup brown lentils 3 cups water 32-33 mins
1 1/2 cups brown lentils 4 1/2 cups water 38-39 mins
2 cups brown lentils 6 cups water 40-42 mins
Cook time calculated for 700w microwave

It typically takes around 25 minutes to cook brown lentils in the microwave. To tell when lentils are cooked through, look for plump and tender lentils. You can also test it by trying a bite; the lentils should be tender but not mushy.

How to freeze microwaved lentils?

To freeze microwaved lentils, first, cook them in the microwave and allow the lentils to rest according to the directions above. Let the lentils fully cool uncovered and transfer them to 1/2 Cup Anytime Freezer Trays. Cover and store in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Do you have to rinse lentils before cooking?

It is recommended to rinse lentils before cooking to remove any unwanted dust or debris. You may want to briefly sort through the lentils to make sure you’ve picked out any unwanted pieces.

Is it required to soak lentils before cooking them?

It is unnecessary to soak lentils before cooking them in the microwave. If you wish to soak the lentils, be sure to lower the total cooking time and check it halfway through to make sure the lentils don’t overcook.

Are microwaved lentils good for you?

Lentils are packed with a special kind of fiber that's great for your digestive system and promotes healthy gut bacteria. Additionally, fiber can potentially lower the risk of colorectal cancer and has a vital role in keeping our digestive system regular and supporting the immune system.

Shop our bestsellers

4-Piece Starter Set

Buy the set and save $5

8-Piece College Dorm Set

Buy the set and save $10