We all have that thought, don’t we? “I’ll just throw these in the microwave and heat them up a little” for things that have gotten too cold to eat, or maybe you think warming them up a little will enhance the flavor.
Unfortunately, jalapeno peppers are one of those things you should never microwave. Pretty much any hot pepper is a no go for the microwave; we’ll explain the reasons why.
The Secret Ingredient
So, the main reason not to microwave any hot peppers is because of the special ingredient that makes them hot, capsaicin.
When you microwave a jalapeno pepper, the capsaicin in the pepper generally vaporizes. When you open the microwave to retrieve your peppers, all you’ll likely get is a face full of vapor that will burn your eyes, throat, and mouth.
This can be very harmful and even result in hospitalization if too much is inhaled or the vapor damages your eyes or throat.
Risk of Explosion and Fire
This is the second reason not to microwave jalapeno peppers. Much like hard boiled eggs and other items with a shell or casing, microwaving a pepper can cause it to explode, especially if the pepper is larger.
Not only can the peppers explode, but they can also then catch fire. Not only will you ruin your microwave this way, but you could also potentially start a fire and ruin your kitchen or other spaces.
Also, should your peppers survive, they would no longer have the spiciness you wanted due to the evaporation from the microwave.
If you want to avoid an accident, this is one item you don’t want to stick in the microwave.
Jalapeno Peppers - Wrapping Up
Now that you know the dangers of microwaving jalapeno peppers, you may want to rethink heating your favorite spicy pepper and find a different way to warm them up.