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How Can I Defrost Steak Quickly? 3 Tips

How Can I Defrost Steak Quickly

When it’s time to eat that delicious steak, the last thing that you want is to be waiting around for a long time for it to defrost!

Of course, it’s important to make sure that you defrost your steak properly when you take it out of the freezer so that you don’t damage your health.

How Can I Defrost Steak Quickly?

Defrosting a steak doesn’t need to take a long time! To defrost your steak, get it out of the freezer and put it inside of a zip lock bag. Try to get as much air out of the bag as you can and then seal it up.

Then, put it into a big bowl that’s filled to the brim with cool water. It’s very important that you don’t put it into warmer water since this may make it more likely that harmful bacteria gets into the steak.

Leave it in the water for around 30 minutes or so, then remove it if it has thawed. If it hasn’t thawed then you will need to put more cool water in the bowl.

Once the steak has defrosted, you can then get it out of the water and cook it the same way that you usually would. The whole process takes around 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the size of the steak in question.

How do I defrost a ribeye quickly?

It doesn’t matter what steak you’re going to be cooking, they are all generally defrosted in the same way. Ultimately the main thing to remember is to keep the steak at the correct temperature when you are defrosting.

It shouldn’t get too warm, since this can make the steak a breeding ground for bacteria which is not healthy for you.

The best way to defrost any kind of steak is to put it in the refrigerator so it can thaw overnight. Naturally, this is not always an option when you’re in a rush. Although not recommended, you have the option to cook the steak from frozen.  If you are rushing, you can put your delicious ribeye steak in a bag.

Then, put the bag inside of a bowl of cold water so it can defrost. It should defrost in around 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the size of the cut. If possible though, it’s better to defrost the ribeye in the refrigerator overnight.

How do you defrost steak in the microwave?

First of all, it’s worth noting that defrosting steak in the microwave is certainly not the best idea. It’s better to leave your steak to defrost in the refrigerator overnight if you have the time.

This is not the most convenient option if you need the steak in a hurry though. In these circumstances, it is possible to defrost steak in a microwave.

To start, get the steak out of the freezer and then put it into a microwave safe container. Then, put the container into the microwave and press the defrost button on the appliance.

Not all microwaves have a defrost button though, so if this is the case then you need to cook it at roughly 20 percent of the microwave’s total power. Set the steak to defrost for around 8 to 10 minutes for each pound that you are defrosting.

Once you have done this, test whether the meat is defrosted. Try to stop the timer every couple of minutes or so, as this will allow you to flip the meat over so it thaws more evenly.

Take the meat out of the microwave as soon as it’s finished thawing, and then cook straight away. It shouldn’t be left sitting for too long, since this can cause bacteria to build up on the meat.

How long can Steak defrost on the counter?

You may be wondering if it’s easier to defrost your steak on the counter. After all, it’s warmer than the refrigerator, and as such it means that it will defrost faster.

Unfortunately, it is a very bad idea to try and defrost steak on the counter. In fact, defrosting anything on the counter is a bad idea. It doesn’t matter whether it’s wrapped or not – defrosting meat on the counter can be dangerous.

Since it is defrosting in warm temperatures, the outer layer of the steak becomes a breeding ground for bacteria, and it can be very dangerous for you to eat it. 

Instead, you should try to defrost the steak in another way. It’s usually best to leave the steak to defrost in the refrigerator overnight. It may take longer, but this is the safest way to do it.

If you have less time on your hands, you can instead defrost the steak in the microwave or you can put it in some cold water for around 30 minutes, which will speed up the process. Just don’t try defrosting the steak on the counter.

How long is steak good in the fridge after thawing?

Sometimes you may end up defrosting your steak and it turns out that you don’t need to use it on the same day. With this in mind, you may be curious about how long steak can be safe to last in the refrigerator after it has been thawed.

Thankfully, you have the benefit of time once you have thawed the steaks in the refrigerator. It should be safe to remain in the refrigerator for around 3 to 5 days before it needs to be cooked.

It’s even possible to refreeze the steak within this time if you wish to do so, but the temps can’t reach above 39 degrees Fahrenheit (4 Celsius) in this case.

This is only the case if you have defrosted the steak in the refrigerator, however. If the steak has been defrosted in the microwave or in some cold water, you should cook it straight away.

If you don’t cook it straight away, there’s a risk that bacteria could get into the steak, and this can sometimes be rather dangerous to consume.

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Richard is the founder of SteakBuff. He manages the team of expert writers on the site and is a foodie who loves eating steaks

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