How to Melt Chocolate in the Microwave

The march of melting chocolate can be moody. Follow this technique to learn how to melt chocolate in the microwave without burning or seizing it. Pin it for Later »
Strawberry dipped in melted chocolate

Microwave Melted Chocolate Overview

  • Skill Level: Beginner

Melting chocolate is a skill that seems like a no-brainer, however it can actually present some big issues. Chocolate burns easily and it can besides seize up, meaning it turns into a thick farinaceous paste, if it gets besides hot or if water system is introduced .
I find that melting chocolate in the microwave is the easiest method for melting chocolate that will be used in a clobber or for a sauce or frost. Melted cocoa using this method acting can be used for coating cookies or strawberries, however the chocolate will not be tempered intend that it will not dry to a bright finish.

Strawberries dipped in melted chocolate

How to Melt Chocolate in the Microwave


The process of melting chocolate in the microwave will work the best when the chocolate is cut into small and fairly uniform pieces. Chocolate chips work well for this but bars can besides be cut down to be melted .
Chopped chocolate ready to be microwaved


Because the microwave heats things very promptly and chocolate burns easily, you want to heat the chocolate in short bursts. I suggest setting the cook prison term to 2 minutes and staying right beside the microwave. Stop it about every 15-20 seconds and stir the chocolate using a arctic spatula so you can scrape down the sides .
At first, the stimulate will seem unnecessary because the chocolate will not be melted even, but this will help evenly distribute the heat. And after each short explode of heat, the chocolate will start to become more and more melt .
Chocolate partially melted in the microwave


You want to stop the heat process BEFORE the chocolate is wholly melted. When it is about wholly liquid with good a few little solid pieces remaining, take it out and continue stirring. The residual heat from the melted cocoa will continue melting the stay of it .
The entire time needed to melt your cocoa in the microwave is highly pendent on the sum you put in and the kind of microwave you are using. It will likely take anywhere from 1 to 2 minutes .
Chocolate fully melted from the microwave

Uses for Chocolate Melted in the Microwave

  • Swirl melted chocolate into buttercream frosting to make a chocolate buttercream!
  • Use melted chocolate to make a chocolate glaze to dip donuts or eclairs in!
  • Use it to make chocolate turtle candies!

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Strawberry dipped in melted chocolate

Microwave Melted Chocolate

Prep Time

2 minutes

Cook Time

2 minutes

Total Time

4 minutes


  • chocolate chopped into small even pieces or chocolate chips


  1. Place the chocolate into a microwave safe bowl and place it in the microwave.
  2. Set the cook time to 2 minutes and start the microwave. Do not step away. Stop the microwave every 15-20 seconds and stir the chocolate with a rubber spatula. At first, the chocolate will still be solidified, but this will help to evenly distrubute the heat.
  3. Stop heating the chocolate and remove it from the microwave once the chocolate is mostly liquid but there are a few solid pieces remaining. Continue stirring until completely melted.
  4. Use the melted chocolate for chocolate glaze, to make chocolate buttercream, or to dip strawberries or other things in.


Note: Melting cocoa using this method will not temper the chocolate or keep already anneal cocoa in tact. This means that it is absolutely available, but it will not harden to a bright state if used for dipping .

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