How to Defrost Bread Roll in a Microwave

Have you ever tried defrosting a bread roll in a microwave? It’s pretty quick and easy. Plus, it saves you a lot of time when you’re hungry and busy (don’t skip breakfast people!).

This article will show you the best way to defrost your bread rolls using a microwave. What you’ll be reading are tried and tested tips and steps that will help you enjoy your bread rolls to get you started for the day.

We’ve got a long day ahead so what are we waiting for? Let’s get started!

Can you defrost a bread roll in a microwave?

Yes! You definitely can defrost your bread rolls using a microwave. In fact, doing so is the easiest and quickest way to get it done.

A lot of people debate whether it is better to defrost bread rolls in a microwave or at room temperature. Some say microwaving them makes them go stale. On the other hand, there are those who say that defrosting them at room temperature is what makes it taste bad.

Well, I say that both are possible (yes, actually.). Seriously, it really is up to you. Of course, it’s a lot faster and more convenient to defrost your bread rolls in a microwave.

So, if you have some time to spare, then you can freely defrost them at room temperature or let them sit in the refrigerator overnight.

But for those of you who are very busy, a little bit impatient, or just have too much on your plate (pun intended), then the microwave is your best friend.

Is it safe to defrost bread rolls in a microwave?

Yes, it is very safe to defrost your bread rolls in a microwave. I wouldn’t be telling you all these if all the bread rolls that I defrosted did something bad to me, would I?

On a more serious note, all you need to do is make sure you defrost your bread rolls right so that their texture and taste still stay the same (we’ll be talking about this later, don’t worry).

Just remember that you should NOT re-freeze bread rolls that have already been defrosted. The whole process of freezing your bread rolls already affected the quality of your bread rolls. So, I suggest that you only do this once.

If you defrost your bread rolls, in any way that you decide on, make sure that you eat them right away (that’s right, eat that bread!).

However, if you still have some defrosted bread roll leftovers then just store them at room temperature inside an airtight container.

How to defrost bread rolls in a microwave without damaging them?

All you need is a damp paper towel to make sure you don’t damage your bread rolls when you defrost them in your microwave.

You read that right! A damp paper towel is the key to perfect defrosting (of bread rolls in the microwave). Here’s how I did it:

  1. Get some paper towels and get them wet with water.
  2. Squeeze out the excess water so that you don’t soak your bread rolls.
  3. Get a slice of frozen bread roll and wrap it with your damp paper towels. Make sure that it is fully covered so that it doesn’t dry out when you defrost them in the microwave.
  4. Do this for every slice of frozen bread roll that you’re going to defrost

(Friendly reminder: defrost the bread rolls that you can consume. Don’t defrost every single one. We got to save for the rainy days…)

How long will it take to defrost a bread roll in a microwave?

You just need 15 to 25 seconds to defrost a bread roll in a microwave (yes, seconds).

Surprised that it’s that fast? Of course, there are various factors that affect this.

One thing is how many slices of bread rolls you decide to defrost in your microwave.

The more bread rolls you want to defrost, the longer it’s going to take since you need to watch over each slice to make sure they don’t accidentally overcook (we’re defrosting, not cooking).

Another thing is the wattage of your microwave. If you have a microwave with high wattage (around 1200 watts), then you can expect it to do its job within 15 to 25 seconds.

However, with a microwave that has a lower wattage (like 800 watts), then it might take a few more seconds (still quick though) to fully defrost your bread roll.

Well, that’s absolutely a lot quicker than having to wait for around 3 to 4 hours for your bread rolls to defrost at room temperature or overnight if you just put it in the refrigerator.

You got to choose your battles wisely folks!

How to defrost bread roll in a microwave?

Now for the main part, it is very easy and quick to defrost bread rolls in a microwave (and no, I will not stop saying this).

This has saved me a ton of time (and money) whenever I was in a rush and had to get myself some breakfast before leaving in the morning. I’m sure it will help you too.

So, this is what I do:

  1. Get just enough slices of bread rolls out of the freezer.
  2. Wrap each of them with damp paper towels.
  3. Get a microwavable plate (or any container) and put the wrapped bread rolls in it. Make sure that the bread rolls are properly spaced and don’t overlap so that the heat is properly distributed on each slice and they defrost evenly.
  4. Put the plate of bread rolls inside the microwave.
  5. Set the microwave to “defrost”. If the defrost setting is not available for your microwave, then just set it to the high setting.
  6. Set the timer to 15 seconds and let your bread rolls defrost
  7. When the 15 seconds are up, check your bread rolls if it has fully defrosted. If not, then let it defrost again for another 10 to 15 seconds.
  8. Repeat step 7 as necessary. Make sure you stick with the intervals of 10 to 15 seconds so that you can avoid overcooking your bread roll slices.

How long will a bread roll last after being defrosted?

Unfortunately, defrosted bread rolls don’t last that long (that’s why it’s better if you consume them immediately). Remember that freezing them has a lasting effect on their overall condition.

The quality of your bread rolls matters when determining how long they will last. Usually, you can still eat bread rolls that are high in quality for up to 2 days. On the other hand, bread rolls that are low in quality may last only for hours (maybe not even a whole day).

Nevertheless, you may still try to use as much heat as possible when defrosting your bread rolls in the microwave to help it stay fresh for longer (but please don’t take your chances too much).

You may also make sure that you store them properly if ever you still have some leftovers that you defrosted (*airtight containers are waving at a distance*).

But you know, ultimately, the best way to make sure that you won’t be eating defrosted bread rolls that have gone bad is to make sure you defrost only what you can eat (your bread rolls won’t run away, trust me – and no, I will not stop saying this as well.).


So, there you have the best way as well as some of the tried and tested tips that can help you defrost your bread rolls in a microwave.

Now, you have all the reason to splurge on buying all of your favorite bread rolls, freezing them for later, and then just defrosting them when you want to have some.

Besides, it only takes seconds to get it done (*wink wink*)

So, what’s stopping you now? Go get that bread (roll)!

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