How to Thaw Sausages Quickly

Looking for information as to how to about thawing sausages quickly?

This short guide answers that question, by looking at the three best options when it comes to defrosting this food.

How to Safely Defrost Sausages: What You Need to Know

Before we get into the different methods that can be used to thaw sausages, there is some important information you need to know beforehand.

I know some people might take out the sausages and let them thaw out at temperature. While this is a common practice, you should be aware of possible dangers that can come about doing this practice.

Leaving the sausages unattended can open them up to the possibility of the ‘Danger Zone’, especially if there temperature drops to a specific level.

So what is the ‘Danger Zone’ and why is this important to know? According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Danger Zone occurs between the temperatures 40 ° and 140 °F.

Food such as sausages, when exposed that those temperatures will see a multiplication of harmful bacteria that could lead to different food borne illnesses.

Some people who thought their sausages at room temperature, might leave them expose for a couple of hours and this could make the food in edible as it is full of bacteria.

This is why it is highly recommended to thaw sausages overnight or using the cold water method, where they should be cooked immediately once defrosted.

Related: How to Thaw Hot Dogs?

Overnight in the Fridge: The Safest Way to Thaw Sausages

The safest and recommended way to thaw sausages would be overnight in the refrigerator. It is not the quickest method, as it will take a couple hours for the sausages to fully defrost.

What you would need to do is take the frozen sausages and put them in a bowl or container. This bowl or container is then placed at the back of the fridge on the bottom shelf.

Let it sit overnight and by the next day, it should be fully thawed out and ready to be used.

Microwave: The Quickest Way to Thaw Sausages

The microwave is by far the quickest way to thaw sausages, however, if you do plan on using this method, you need to be aware of the possible downside to using this option.

Microwaves work by heating up food and when you use the thaw/defrost option, it is the same process, just at a lower power setting.

When using the microwave, you can have uneven thawing take place, as well as the possibility of the appliance partially cooking your sausage.

This is why it is extremely important to watch your sausages in the microwave, as you do not want them to cook, but just thaw out.


  1. Place frozen sausages in a microwave safe plate/container. You can place some paper towels in the plate, as this can help to absorb the excess moisture as the sausages thaw.
  • Pick the defrost setting on the microwave and let the microwave run for around 5-7 minutes. Depending on how many sausages you are thawing out at a given time, the defrost time might be a bit longer.
  • Continuously check the sausages till they are fully thawed out.

  • Once finished, use the sausages immediately.

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