How Long Do You Microwave Hot Pockets?


Hot Pockets are the general name of microwaveable filled “pockets” that are a delicious and quick choice for a snack or a meal. There are several different types of Hot Pockets, including types for breakfast, and there are also low-fat choices (Lean Pockets) and High-Protein Hot Pockets as well. The company also makes stuffed pretzels. Whether you’ve thrown the outer box away with the cooking instructions displayed on it, or you just want a refresher on how to microwave Hot Pockets, read on to learn more about each type of pocket and its cooking time.

Overall Hot Pockets Cooking Times

The general instructions for all Hot Pockets types involve putting the Hot Pocket in its crisping sleeve, placing it on a microwave-safe plate, and microwaving it from 1 minute to 2 minutes, 15 seconds, depending on the strength of your microwave. If you’re not in a hurry, you can also heat Hot Pockets in a contemporary oven. Always be careful after heating up Hot Pockets, regardless of method, as the filling may be hot. 

Hot Pockets Cooking Time

Each type of Hot Pockets has slight variances in cooking times. Flavors of Hot Pockets include Beef Taco, Meatballs and Mozzarella, and Philly Steak and Cheese. For this line of Hot Pockets brands, the recommended cooking time is typically 2 minutes. If you’re microwaving two Hot Pockets, then 3 minutes and 30 seconds is recommended. This time is for a standard 1100-watt oven. 

Lean Pockets Cooking Time

The low-fat version of Hot Pockets, Lean Pockets has such flavors as Chicken Parmesan, Caprese, and Chicken, Broccoli, and Cheddar. Standard times for Lean Pockets are the same as Hot Pockets above, with a standard 2-minute microwave time.

Breakfast Hot Pockets Cooking Time 

If you’re in a hurry in the morning, the breakfast line of Hot Pockets doesn’t disappoint, with Applewood Bacon, Egg, and Cheese and Sausage, Egg, and Cheese flavors. Like other Hot Pockets, the standard cooking time for Breakfast Hot Pockets is also 2 minutes. 

High-Protein Hot Pockets

High-Protein Hot Pockets include the same great flavors as some Hot Pockets and Lean Pockets, but come packed with extra protein to provide you with extra energy throughout the day. The cooking time for these is slightly different, and some of them require a 2 minute, 10-second cooking time, with two sandwiches needing 3 minutes, 30 seconds in an 1100-watt oven.

Hot Pockets Stuffed Pretzels 

The Stuffed Pretzel line of Hot Pockets includes flavors such as Cheesy Jalapeno. These are smaller than their Hot or Lean Pockets counterparts, and the cooking time for one sandwich is approximately 1 minute, 15 seconds. To enjoy two sandwiches, cook them both for 2 minutes in an 1100-watt oven.