How to Thaw Frozen Donuts

How to Thaw Frozen Donuts: 3 Best Options to Use

You probably have a couple frozen donuts sitting in the freezer

Whatever the reason, you are probably here because you want to know how to thaw frozen donuts.

In this short guide, I will highlight 3 methods that can be used to thaw donuts that have been frozen (some quick, some not so quick).

Now, let’s get right into it.

How to Thaw Frozen Donuts: The 3 Best Options

3 Best Ways to Thaw Frozen Donuts
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When you are ready to enjoy your frozen donuts, you will have to thaw them.

There are three methods that can be used to defrost donuts that have been stored in the freezer.

  • Room Temperature
  • The Microwave
  • The Oven

1. Room Temperature

The easiest way to defrost frozen donuts is to take them out of the freezer and let them sit at room temperature.

It will take a couple of minutes for them to defrost, but anticipation is part of the fun.

Let’s see how it is done below.


  1. Remove the frozen donuts from their freezer storage bag/container. If they were wrapped in plastic, leave it on. If they were frozen with no plastic wrap, use some cling wrap and cover them.
  2. Place the donuts on a plate and let them sit out at room temperature to thaw.
  3. It should take 20-30 minutes for them to fully defrost.
  4. Once thawed, you can eat the donuts as is or reheat them.

2. Microwave

If you want your frozen donuts defrosted quickly, then the microwave serves a double purpose. It will thaw them, as well as reheat them.

Let’s see how it is done below.


  1. Take a donut from the freezer
  2. If it is wrapped, poke a couple holes in the plastic wrapping. If the donut is unwrapped, place it in an open microwave safe plastic bag
  3. Microwave the frozen donut for 10-15 seconds.
  4. If it is heated up to your liking, allow to cool and enjoy.

3. Oven

If you do not have a microwave and want your frozen donuts thawed quickly, you can always use the oven as a defrosting option.

Like the microwave, the oven pulls a double duty of both thawing and reheating the donuts at the same time.


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F/ 177°C
  2. Take donuts from the freezer and place in an oven safe container or baking sheet
  3. Place in the oven and let it sit for about 5-7 minutes.
  4. Check to see if it’s been warmed up to your liking.
  5. Remove, let cool and enjoy.

Wrapping it up

So I hope you enjoyed guide that highlighted the best ways to thaw frozen donuts.

Now I’d like to hear what you have to say:

Which method from this guide have you used or will be trying?

Let me know by leaving a comment below.

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