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Thaw Frozen Steak, Fast!

Thawing Frozen Steak, Fast

You just got home from a long day of work and you haven’t eaten in hours. You have nothing ready to go in the fridge that will satisfy your hunger pangs. But wait! You have a big, thick Highlander Strip Loin steak from your favourite butcher… but it’s frozen rock solid.

How Do You Thaw Frozen Steak, Fast?

If you leave the steak on the kitchen counter on a plate at room temperature, it will take way too long to thaw — you may as well order pizza. Slowly air-thawing can create an environment perfect for bacteria to grow rapidly. Remember, you want steak for dinner, not steak and food poisoning.

If you defrost frozen steak in the microwave, you’ll have a perfectly ruined piece of meat — cooked edges and a warmed but still raw centre — gross! It gives me chills just thinking about it.

You could place the frozen steak in a zip-lock bag and then submerge in a bowl of cold water in the sink. This is a safe and fast method, but water always seems to get in the bag, which will make it nearly impossible to achieve a browned crust of the surface of the steak. You need your steak to be DRY when it hits the heat.

So, What Is The Fastest Way to Thaw Frozen Steak????

Thawing frozen steak is easy. Place the steak, unwrapped (ignore photo), on a heavy metal pan on the counter. A heavy frying pan, skillet, sauté pan, pot, or even a cookie sheet will do – just as long as it’s not nonstick or cast iron. As Robert L. Wolke says in his book, What Einstein Told His Cook: Kitchen Science Explained: “The metal pan will conduct the room’s heat very efficiently into the frozen food, thawing it in record time.” Yippi! Steak for dinner!

This method works for flat, quick-cooking items like steaks and chops. To thaw larger items, like roasts and whole birds, follow these instructions.



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  2. Thanks Kary. That’s a handy bit of info.

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