How to Microwave Lemon for Juice?

Unlocking the zesty potential of lemons has never been easier.

In this article, we’ll guide you on how to microwave lemon for juice, so you can add some zing to your favorite recipes without any fuss.

Say goodbye to hand-squeezing frustration and hello to a faster, easier method.

Tips for Selecting the Right Lemon for Microwaving

When selecting a lemon for microwaving, there are a few factors to consider to ensure you choose the right one. 

Here are some tips:

  • Freshness. Look for lemons that are firm and heavy for their size.
  • Size. Choose a lemon that is medium to large in size. Smaller lemons might not yield enough juice for your recipe.
  • Texture. The skin of the lemon should be smooth and vibrant, with a bright yellow color.  Avoid lemons with blemishes, discoloration, or dull skin.
  • Weight. A heavier lemon generally indicates a higher juice content, which is desirable for microwaving.
  • Organic vs. Conventional. Consider choosing organic lemons to minimize exposure to pesticides.

How to Microwave Lemon for Juice Step by Step. 

To microwave a lemon for juice, follow these step-by-step instructions:


  • Fresh lemon
  • Microwave-safe bowl
  • Microwave oven
  • Knife
  • Citrus juicer or a fork

Step 1: Wash the lemon. Rinse the lemon under cold water to remove any dirt. Pat it dry with a clean towel.

Step 2: Cut the lemon. Using a knife, carefully slice the lemon in half. Make sure to cut through the middle of the lemon to expose the flesh. The imarku Japanese Chef Knife comes in handy.

Step 3: Place the lemon on a microwave-safe bowl like the DOWAN 22 OZ Ceramic Bowl. Take the microwave-safe bowl and place the lemon halves cut-side up on it. This will prevent any juice from spilling over and making a mess in the microwave.

Step 4: Microwave the lemon. Put the bowl with the lemon halves into the microwave oven. Close the door securely. Set the microwave to high power.

Step 5: Microwave the lemon in short bursts. Microwave the lemon on high power for 10 to 15 seconds at a time. Check the lemon after each burst to see if it has softened and released more juice. Be cautious not to overcook it, as it can explode or become too hot.

Step 6: Squeeze the juice from the lemon. Using a citrus juicer such as Zulay Kitchen Metal 2-in-1 Lemon Squeezer or a fork, firmly press and twist the softened lemon halves to extract the juice. Continue until you have extracted all the juice from the lemon.

Step 7: Strain the juice (optional). If you prefer your lemon juice without pulp or seeds, strain it through a fine-mesh sieve like Walfos Fine Mesh Strainers Set or cheesecloth into a container.

Step 8: Use the lemon juice. Now that you have freshly microwaved lemon juice, you can use it in various recipes, beverages, dressings, or as a flavoring agent as desired.

How Long to Microwave Lemon for Juice?

The recommended time for microwaving a lemon to extract juice is typically around 15 to 20 seconds. 

However, it’s important to note that microwaves vary in power, so you may need to adjust the time accordingly based on the wattage of your microwave.

Tips for Maximizing Juice Yield

  • Roll the lemon. Roll the lemon on a hard surface. This helps break down the internal membranes and release the juice more easily.
  • Pierce the skin. Take a fork and pierce the lemon’s skin in a few places. This allows steam to escape during microwaving, preventing the lemon from bursting.
  • Microwave in short bursts. Microwave the lemon in 10- to 15-second intervals. This prevents the lemon from overheating, which can diminish the juice yield.
  • Use a microwave-safe dish. Place the lemon in a microwave-safe dish to catch any juice that may be released during the process. This ensures that you don’t lose any precious juice.
  • Rotate the lemon. After each microwave interval, rotate the lemon to promote even heating. This helps extract juice from all parts of the lemon.
  • Let it rest. Once microwaved, let the lemon rest for a minute or two. This allows the heat to distribute evenly, making squeezing out maximum juice easier.
  • Strain the juice. To remove any seeds or pulp, strain the freshly squeezed juice through a fine-mesh sieve like Cuisinart Mesh Strainer. This ensures a smooth and seed-free juice.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it Safe to Microwave Lemon?

Yes, microwaving a lemon is safe. 

Pierce or cut it into halves before microwaving to prevent bursting. 

Use a microwave-safe dish such as ZYER Small Glass Casserole Dish and adjust the time as needed.

Does Heating a Lemon Make More Juice? 

Yes, heating a lemon can increase juice yield due to the heat loosening the membranes and breaking down the cell walls, making it easier to extract the juice.

How Can I Prevent the Lemon from Exploding in the Microwave? 

To prevent lemon from exploding in the microwave, cut it into slices or prick it with a fork to release steam.

Are there any Specific Types of Lemon that are Better for Microwaving? 

There are no specific types of lemons that are better for microwaving. 

Any type of lemon can be microwaved.