How to Thaw Frozen Bread

How to Thaw Frozen Bread - Best Methods to Use
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Today, I’m going to show you exactly how to thaw frozen bread properly and what steps to take to do it quickly, especially if you’re in a rush.

Each thawing method I’ll highlight has its pros and cons, depending on what you’re looking for.

So if you’re ready for step-by-step instructions on how to thaw frozen bread, keep on reading!

2 Best Ways to Thaw Frozen Bread

Best Ways to Thaw Frozen Bread

If you froze bread, because you had too much on hand or it was about to go stale quickly and you are ready to it, you have a couple of options you can use to defrost it.

  • Room Temperature
  • Oven

Let’s take a look at each of these methods in more detail.

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Method 1: Room Temperature

The easiest way to thaw frozen bread is by letting it sit on the kitchen counter to defrost at room temperature.

This method takes the longest amount of time since you’re waiting for your bread to defrost, however it gets the job done without any extra equipment or fuss.

If you have the time and don’t need your bread right away, this is the best option.

How long will it take?

It can take anywhere from 45 mins to 4 hours for bread to thaw at room temperature, depending on the size and shape of the loaf.


  1. Remove the frozen bread from the freezer and let it sit on the kitchen counter, on a plate or cutting board, while still in its original packaging.
  2. Allow the bread to sit at room temperature and defrost slowly.
  3. When finished thawing, you can eat the bread as is, or heat it up in the oven/toaster oven.

Tip: Use the bread as quickly as possible once it has thawed. If you let it sit for days, it will go stale quicker than if you had a fresh loaf.

Method 2: In The Oven

This method works best if you have a frozen loaf of bread that needs to be thawed in a hurry.

By using your oven, you can speed up the process from hours to minutes.

How long will it take?

It will take about 5-15 minutes for a frozen loaf of bread to thaw in the oven (depending on the size and thickness of the loaf).


  1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. After preheating, remove your frozen loaf of bread from its packaging and place it on a baking tray.
  3. Let the bread heat up in the oven for 5-15 minutes until it is thawed.
  4. There is a chance the bread could start to toast, if you just want it thawed, you might have to turn the oven off after 3-5 minutes (depending on how much bread you’re thawing).

If you want a quick visual on thawing frozen bread, check out this video below.

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Wrapping it up

Now that we’ve reached the end of the article, I’m pretty sure you can see how easy it is to thaw frozen bread.

Depending on your time frame, you can let it thaw at room temperature for a few hours or thaw in the oven/toaster oven for just a couple of minutes.

Whichever method you choose; your frozen bread will be ready to enjoy in no time!

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