Can You Ripen Avocados in the Microwave? (The Truth!)


Quick Answer: Can you Ripen Avocados in the Microwave

Avocados can be easily ripened using a microwave. Pierce the fruit with a fork, cut the fruit in half, and remove the pit. Wrap the fruit in a microwave safe foil or plastic wrap. Put it in the microwave on low power and heat for 2 mins. Take it out after every 15-20 secs and check if it’s softened.

In this detailed guide on the ripening process of an avocado I will teach you an easy way to ripen the fruit using the microwave at your place.

Using the microwave to ripen avocados is the best opted method by most food bloggers and chefs all over the country. I always use this process for ripening avocados at home because it’s safe and easy to go by.

Let’s get right into the process and ripen your fruits!

How to Prep Avocados before Microwaving

Take your fruit and pierce some holes in it using a fork. You now should cut it in half and remove the pit.

Take microwave safe plastic wrap and wrap the fruit in it. Do not wrap it too tightly as then the fruit might explode during the microwaving process.

How to Ripen Avocados in the Microwave

How to Ripen Avocados in the Microwave

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Active Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Here is a quick and easy method to ripen the avocados in microwave in no time!


  • Avocadoes


  • Fork
  • Knife
  • Microwave safe plastic wrap


    1. Putting the avocados in the microwave: After you have pierced, cut and removed the pit from the avocadoes, loosely wrap them in a microwavable plastic wrap.

      Then place these inside the microwave.

    2. Adjusting the microwave settings: In case you are using a 1000 watt microwave, set its power to low.

      If you are using a 700 watt microwave nuke the power to medium settings. Set the timer to 2 mins maximum.

      Click on the start button.

    3. Checking in between the process: you should be taking out the fruit after every 20 secs interval and checking its progress.

      Some avocados may ripen before the 2 mins timer hits.

      Hence if not checked and overheated, it will become mushy and will no longer hold the same texture and taste.

    4. Repeating the cycle: When you take out the avocados and check if it's ripened enough, if you feel it still demands more heat, put it back in the microwave.

      Heat it again for 15-20 secs. Take it out and check again. Repeat this process until the avocados are soft and ripe.


Temperature: Low power mode

Check out this video by Sunshine Kirsty on how to microwave an avocado to ripen it:

Tips to Remember while Ripening Avocados in the Microwave

You must follow certain guidelines while microwaving avocados using the microwave. Taking these rules into consideration will ensure healthy ripening of the fruit.

  • Instead of plastic wrap you can also use parchment paper or a paper towel.
  • Each avocado should be wrapped separately and not together.
  • You should cut the fruit in half and remove the pit. Removing it helps the heat to spread evenly throughout the fruit.
  • The avocadoes must be pierced with a fork so that the heat does not get collected. If the holes are not made there is high risk of the avocado exploding.
  • While placing the avocado in the microwave make sure that you are putting it in a way that the flesh is facing up while the skin is on the dish.
  • The plastic wrap you are using to pack the fruit should be microwavable else there is a chance of it melting hence producing a spark in the microwave which is not desirable.
  • If you are choosing to ripen the avocado in the natural process that is by keeping it on the counter wrapped, remember to avoid using a plastic wrap as it stifles the fruit. Instead use paper or cloth.

Alternative Ways to Ripen Avocados without using the Microwave

The easiest and safest way to ripen an avocado is to leave it on the kitchen counter wrapped in a paper or cloth along with some other fruits. This process takes 1-2 days to ripen the avocado.

Most people tend to ripen avocado in the natural way without using artificial heat. This sure takes a longer time than while using a microwave or an oven but is the safest and easiest method.

Pack the avocado in a paper or cloth. Try not using a plastic wrap for this process. Put a banana or apple along with the avocado.

Putting a different fruit along with your avocado will enhance the ripening process as bananas and apples tend to leave out a lot of ethylene which is necessary to ripen a fruit.

Leave the wrapped fruits on the counter for 1-2 days for it to ripen. Very hard avocados will take a maximum of 4-5 days.

Hence the initial softness of the fruit should be checked before packing it.

How to Ripen Avocados Quickly

Ripen avocados in an oven if you want the process to be faster. Just wrap it in an aluminium foil and bake it for 10 mins at 200 ̊F. The fruit can also be placed in a preheated oven but then it demands to be checked after every 5 mins.

When you do not have much time at hand there is a simple cheat method to ripen your avocado. Wrap your fruit in a microwavable aluminium foil.

Now place the packed fruit inside the oven and bake it for 10 mins. The temperature should be set at 200˚F.

You could preheat your oven and then place the avocado inside. But for this method you have to be extra careful . check the softness of the fruit every 5 mins.

Once it has achieved its required softness stop the baking process and unpack it.

How to Ripen Already-cut Avocados

Already-cut avocados which are not ripe enough can be ripened easily by joining the two halves back and also putting back the pit if you had removed it earlier. Wrap this up and leave it on the kitchen counter for a few days.

Sometimes avocadoes disappoint. They might look ripe but when cut in half, it’s still hard and not ripe enough.

There is an easy way to ripen such unripe avocados. Rub some lime on the flesh of the fruit. Join back the two halves and place the pit in its original place if you had removed it.

Now wrap this up in a paper, plastic or cloth bag and leave it on your kitchen countertop for a few days for it to ripen and attain softness.

Check out this video by Earth Monkey on how to ripen already-cut avocados:


How to Store Ripe Avocados

After ripening the fruit, if you do not want to consume the fruit right away you should be placing it in the refrigerator. This will keep the avocados fresh for 1-3 days.

Refrigerating also slows down the ripening process so there is no chance of the fruit becoming softer than its current state.

If the avocado is cut then you can tightly wrap it in a foil and store it in the refrigerator. This will ensure that no air seeps in and oxidizes the fruit.

How to tell if the Avocado is Ripe

Scrap off the stem or the cap of the avocado. If you see a green creamy texture, rest assured the fruit is ripe. If you are unable to peel it or mash it, the fruit is not ripe.

Keep in mind that extra ripe avocados taste bitter and should not be consumed. If you want an avocado right away, look for a dark skinned one with little flecks of green.

Very black ones are past ripe and taste bad.


I hope this detailed guide has helped you ripen avocados at your place with ease using the microwave.

If you have any queries feel free to let us know. We would love your feedback and use it to enrich our work further.

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About Karen Wilson

Karen is a foodie to the core. She loves any variety of food - spicy or junk! Her slender body and height are deceiving, as she enjoys eating hearty meals that would leave most people gasping for air. She has an appetite for life, and wants everyone around her to share in it too.

1 thought on “Can You Ripen Avocados in the Microwave? (The Truth!)”

  1. Great tips! I never would have thought to ripen avocados in the microwave. I’m definitely going to try this the next time I need ripe avocados. Thanks for sharing!


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