Last Updated on April 24, 2021 by cmoarz
Defrosting a turkey breast is not as difficult as you might think. Here are some easy methods to do it:
Defrost a Turkey Breast Fast:
- 1) Place the frozen turkey in your sink and run cold water over it for about 20 minutes.
- 2) Turn on an oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (180 degrees Celsius).
- 3) Once the oven has reached temperature, place the breast-side up on a rack inside of an aluminum foil-lined roasting pan.
- 4) Cook for 45 minutes or until juices run clear when pierced with a fork. If you don’t have time, cook for 10 minutes per pound (450 grams). The internal temperature should be at least 165 F° (74 C°).
How to defrost a turkey breast slowly:
If you’re not in a hurry, place the frozen turkey into your fridge for 24 hours. A full day is often enough to remove all of the frost and make it safe to cook. If you really want to go low-tech, you can let it sit on your kitchen counter with some paper towels under its skin so that the meat stays moist while still defrosting slowly but steadily. Be aware leaving your turkey breast on the counter at room temperature for too long can be dangerous. The fridge method is optimal.
How long does it take: The time required varies depending on how big each individual breast or wing; more than likely though, an hour will do the trick!
What temperature should I use my oven at? 350 degrees Fahrenheit (180 degrees Celsius) – this ensures an evenly cooked bird as well as crispier skin.
How to defrost a turkey breast in the microwave:
Lay the breast on a plate and cook it for five minutes. Flip the meat over, rotate 180 degrees, then heat for another four to six minutes.
Remove any packaging from your turkey before microwaving or you risk getting hot liquid all over your oven!
This is not the best way to defrost a turkey breast. The microwave degrades the meat’s texture and can dry it out.