A hot pocket is a snack food made from bread dough wrapped around cheese and sometimes meat. The original recipe for hot pockets came from the late 1940s when George Washington Carver created them for his wife during a visit to the U.S.
The name “hot pocket” originated from early chefs adding heat to the edges of the dough to make the crust crispier. This method became popularized after the 1950s when the frozen foods industry began to mass-produce the snack.
Today, consumers enjoy hot pockets as an appetizer or light meal. They are often served warm and eaten plain or with toppings such as butter or ketchup.
How long do you heat a hot pocket? Do you know how long it takes for a hot pocket to become warm? Well, it depends on the brand and the size of the hot pocket.
A regular hot pocket can take between 1.5 to 2 minutes to become Hot From Frozen in a microwave.
A large hot pocket can take anywhere between 2-3 minutes.
The fact is that the times vary depending on what you put into the nestle hot pocket.
This happens because the hot pocket heats the air inside it. Then, the heated air rises up and warms the surrounding area, which is why we often feel warmer after eating a hot pocket.
How Do You Cook the Perfect Hot Pocket
How do you cook the perfect hot pocket? Put cheese in them. Cheese makes everything better.
No matter how good the rest of the ingredients are, they won’t taste as good as they could if there was cheese on them.
That’s because cheese is just a great ingredient. Everyone knows that cheese goes well with almost anything.
What Are The Best Ways To Heat A Hot Pocket
For me, the best way to heat a hot pocket is either in the microwave if you are in a hurry or to use an air fryer or a convection oven, to produce a hot but crisp on the outside hot pocket.
How Long Do You Cook a Hot Pocket?
Hot Pocket Cook Time Microwave
Using an 1100 W microwave oven for a single sandwich you will need approximately two minutes. If you are heating to sandwiches together then you will need at least 3 1/2 minutes.
This is not too dissimilar to reheating a Chic Fil A Chicken Sandwich.
If you have a smaller less powerful microwave you will need to increase the cooking time a little bit, also if your microwave is quite old sometimes the power levels are not evenly distributed inside the microwave oven and you may find you need to vary the above cooking time.
Is there anything special about microwaving hot pockets?
I mean they’re not that much different from regular toasted sandwiches or even quiche except for their shape but what else might make them different?
Well kind of, the main difference is the hot pocket is sealed at the edges so the first thing you need to be careful after you have heated a hot pocket in the microwave is opening it. Use a knife and fork do not tear it open with your hands because you can get super hot steam that has been trapped inside and it can produce a nasty burn.
Hot Pocket texture?
Using a microwave to heat a hot pocket up from Frozen is going to produce a slightly soggy or certainly soft sandwich. That would be the main feature of a microwaved hot pocket texture.
The taste? The taste doesn’t vary by the cooking method it depends on what you put inside your pocket.
Hot Pocket Air Fryer Cook time
Start by preheating the air fryer to between 350 and 360°F. Take the hot pocket out of the box for any wrapping that is around it and cook it for 15 minutes to produce a really nice crisp hot pocket.
A good example is a ham and cheese hot pocket cook time is 15 minutes in an air fryer.
This is similar to a hot pocket cook time in oven – if it is forced air whereas a toaster oven may take a little longer.
If you are cooking two hot pocket sandwiches then you will need slightly longer around 16 minutes should be sufficient. Done.
The Philly cheesesteak hot pocket cook time can be 16 minutes for a single.
Hot Pocket Tips and cooking Advice
- When the hot pocket comes out of the oven, air fryer, or microwave it will be very hot and it is best practice just to let it cool or rest for one or two minutes open it with a knife just to check that it is steaming hot and let any super hot steam escape before you bite it.
- From a food safety angle if you have a probe thermometer the product should have reached 165°F in the middle. Make sure that it is cooked all the way through before you start eating a hot pocket that has been frozen.
- Remember that Ovens, air fryers, and microwaves have slightly different cooking times so your particular appliance may need to be adjusted slightly from the recommended times above.