How to cook Tater Tots in the Microwave – Question and Answer

How to cook tater tots in the microwave can be quite different from the traditional cooking manner. If you’re not careful with the timing, tater tots can become inedible as they will be as hard as rock. On the contrary, microwave cooked tater tots can also be soft and mushy due to lack of heating time. However, by following the correct steps, you can still achieve excellent results while cooking your tots in a regular microwave.

Things you might already know about Tater Tots

Tater Tots is an ingenious invention originated in America. They remind us of late-night bar snacks, quick meals at college dorms or childhood lunches. They were first invented in 1953 by the same brothers who started the Ore-Ida company (source: The New York Times). The name Tater Tot is trademarked and is exclusively owned by Ore-Ida.

Today, however, it’s easy to find brands and varieties of this frozen snack in any supermarket or grocery store, with slightly altered names.

The name Tater Tot is trademarked and is exclusively owned by Ore-Ida
The name Tater Tot is trademarked and is exclusively owned by Ore-Ida

How to cook Tater Tots in the microwave?

Microwave normal Tater Tots step by step

Step 1: On a microwaveable plate, arrange the tater tots in a way that they don’t touch each other. Creating space between your tots so they can cook evenly.

Step 2: Microwave the tots for about 30 seconds.

Step 3: Open the microwave and then carefully turn the tater tots around.

Step 4: Continue cooking the tater tots in the microwave for another 30 seconds.

Step 5: Open the microwave to test the doneness of the tots. Frozen tater tots might require longer cooking time. If you notice that the inside is still cold. Repeat step 2 to step 4 until they’re heated through.

Step 6: Serve right away with some ketchup.

Serve your tater tots right away with some ketchup
Serve your tater tots right away with some ketchup

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How to cook Tater Tots in the microwave (the microwaveable version)

Normally, without heat susceptors such as crisping sleeves or paper, your tots heated in the microwave won’t be crispy.

Nowadays, nevertheless, you can find some tater tot brands that come in microwaveable packages. These products are designed so that they can become crispy despite being heated in the microwave. In that case, you should stick to the instructions specified on the package for best quality.

Ore-Ida’s microwaveable version of the Tater Tots called Crispy Crowns. Here’s how you can microwave these Tater Tot lookalikes:

Step 1: Lift the tab that belongs on the back of the package. Then follow the dotted lines to tear the top and discard.

Step 2: Then the remaining box, arrange the Crispy Crowns in a single layer side by side. Transfer them to the microwave.

Step 3: Microwave for about 3 1/2 minutes on high. Let stand for about 1 1/2 more minutes and there you have your dish full of crispy Tater Tots.

Other cooking methods for Tater Tots

On the Ore-Ida Tater Tot packages, the cooking instructions only show us how to deep-fry and oven bake the tots. Other alternatives are cooking in an air fryer or on the grill.

In the oven

Step 1: Preheat your oven to 450-degrees F.

Step 2: On a shallow pan or a baking tray, arrange your tater tots evenly and in a single layer.

Cooking tater tots in the oven is quite different from how to cook tater tots in the microwave
Cooking tater tots in the oven is quite different from how to cook tater tots in the microwave

Step 3: Bake until the tots turn golden brown. It should take about 20 – 25 minutes for half a bag of Tater Tots weighing 32-ounce and 28 – 32 minutes for the whole bag. Reduce the time if you bake smaller quantities of tater tots.

Step 4: Flip the tots to the other side halfway through the baking time for them to cook evenly.

In a deep fryer

Step 1: Heat the cooking oil to reach a temperature of 375-degrees F.

Step 2: Add the tots to the basket, making sure the basket is not overcrowded and only one-half full. This way you will prevent the tater tots from being unevenly cooked.

Step 3: Lower the basket to deep fry the tater tots in hot oil. Fry for about 3 to 4 minutes until they turn golden brown.

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On a grill

Step 1: Add cooking oil in a disposable foil pan.

Step 2: Arrange the tater tots in the pan, forming a single layer of tots.

Step 3: On a preheated grill, heat the pan with tater tots on medium heat. Cook for about 20 – 22 minutes. Stir once the cooking time is halfway through.

FAQs about how to cook tater tots in the microwave

Can you heat the leftover of the tater tots in the microwave?

Yes, and the whole process only takes about 1 minute. That being said, each side of the tots should be reheated for 30 seconds. Don’t heat them too long in the microwave as they will be mushy and soggy.

How can you prevent the tater tots from being soggy?

After taking the tots out from the fryer or microwave, place them on paper towels to drain the excess oil.

Can you cook tater tots in an air fryer?

The answer is totally yes. Cleveland Clinic claims that any foods you can cook in a deep fryer will taste as good when you cook them in an air fryer. Furthermore, this method requires way less oil than deep-frying. That’s why it is an amazing choice if you’re paying attention to your fat intake.

What are tater tots best served with?

Your tater tots pair really well with a nice omelet, some crispy bacon and a cup of coffee. However you can also choose to add them on salads, burgers or potato casseroles.

This brief guide has just given you the answer to: “How to cook tater tots in the microwave”. Bourbon O also answered some questions related to cooking tater tots, providing other cooking methods for you to try.

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