9 Gourmet dishes you never knew you could make in the microwave

Finding something amazing to cook every night for dinner is no easy task.

What's more—making something fast, delicious, and (gasp) even gourmet is next to impossible for most of us.

Which is why I went on the hunt for fast, tasty, easy and gourmet dishes that can be cooked in the microwave.

And I have to be honest, I was pleasantly surprised at what I found.

Below are some of my favorite gourmet dishes you never knew you could make in the microwave.

Apple Spiced Honey Pork Spare Ribs with BBQ Sauce

No. I'm not kidding.

This is an indulgent gourmet dinner that can actually be cooked in the microwave.

From the meat to the succulent sauce, everything can be prepared quickly and easily (but your dinner guests never have to know).

Photo and recipe from 365 Gourmet.

Smoked Gouda Mac and Cheese

Okay, everyone knows you can cook Easy Mac in the microwave. But who—over the age of 10—actually wants to eat that stuff?

Instead try this gourmet twist on a dinner favorite. With this recipe, as with every recipe in this collection, going gourmet doesn't mean hours in the kitchen. Cook this masterpiece up in the microwave and enjoy the rest of your evening.

Photo and recipe from Brit + Co.

Tender, Flaky Salmon with Lemon

No. This isn't some horrible joke. Anyone with a microwave and five minutes can cook up this culinary beauty.

If you and your family are constantly in the mood for fish but you don't have time to filet salmon every night, give this unique method a try.

Recipe and photo from Savory Sweet Life

Quinoa and Basmati Pilaf

This delicious and simple blend of rice, quinoa, and almond sauce can easily be prepared with a blender and microwave.

Your family will be addicted to this quick meal—which is good news for you because it's extremely fast.

Recipe and photo from Cheat Sheet.

Queso Blanco Dip

Okay, maybe I'm using the word "gourmet" a little loosely here, but who doesn't love a delicious queso blanco on taco night?

I know I do.

This easy recipe cooks fast in the microwave and pairs perfectly with any mexican dish you can dream up.

Recipe and photo from Seeded at the Table.

Crunchy Sweet Potato Chips

To me, nothing says gourmet like a sweet potato—in any form.

That includes these delicious crunchy sweet potato chips that will make the perfect addition to any gourmet sandwich or burger.

Recipe and photo from Rachel Cooks.

And now, to my favorite part of this list: the desserts!

Enough sticking frozen store-bought cookies into the microwave and calling it dessert. Instead try one of these recipes:

Miniature Lemon Merengue Pies

These tasty little pies can be whipped up extremely quickly using just a microwave.

They make the perfect finish to one of the dishes listed above. Trust me—your dinner guests will love you for this.

Recipe and photo from My Baking Addiction.

Succulent Chocolate Fondue

Finally, comes this amazingly smooth and delicious microwave version of chocolate fondue.

Perfect for dipping bread, fruit, or just about anything, this dessert is not only easy and delicious, it's perfect for a more social gathering.

Recipe and photo from Cheat Sheet.

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