Can you defrost on the stove?

In this brief guide, we will discuss the following question, “can you defrost on the stove?”  and other queries related to this topic.

Can you defrost on the stove? 

Yes, you can defrost on the stove, but you can not use this method to thaw all frozen food. You can defrost soups, stews, and food-containing sauces on the stove by removing the container from the freezer and pouring its content into a pan. Next, turn the stove on low heat.

However, you might need to partially thaw your food under running cold water to be able to remove the frozen food from the container. Also, you can’t simmer the container in a bowl of cold water for several minutes, then transfer the food into the pan and keep it on low heat.

Defrosting frozen food on the stove is a quick method compared to refrigerating frozen food. Moreover, frozen meat and chicken whether grounded or as a steak can not be defrosted on the stove unless you want to cook them right away. 

Because that way you are more likely to cook your meat instead of thawing it. Also, ground meat can be easily defrosted and cooked on the stove but chicken breast or a steak is impossible to be defrosted this way. Because the outside will thaw and the inside will stay raw.

Furthermore, you can defrost frozen vegetables like carrots, peas, and corn in boiling or hot water before cooking them or if you want to use these vegetables in a saute. Hence, you can add them directly to your dish through the cooking process and they will be cooked perfectly.

In addition, do not defrost any frozen food on the stove or by using any other method and then refreeze them because defrosted and refrozen food will be inadequate for consumption after that due to bacterial overgrowth inside it.

So, in case you want to refreeze a thawed food, consider cooking it first. Next, keep it to be cooled down at room temperature for less than two hours in order to avoid any bacterial contamination and proliferation, then keep it in a well-sealed container or freezer bag.

What are the safe defrosting methods?

There are many other methods used to defrost your food. However, each method is appropriate for different types of frozen foods and each one will give you a different outcome. So, one of the safest and recommended methods for defrosting food is in the refrigerator. 

Placing the frozen food whether it is vegetables, meat, fish, seafood or chicken overnight will ensure that you will get on the morning fully defrosted food. However, you should handle risky foods like meat, fish, and chicken in the right way to avoid cross-contamination in the fridge.

So, place the frozen product on a plate and keep it in the refrigerator. In the fridge, the temperature of the food will not pass the temperature of the danger zone which is between 5 and 60 degrees Celsius or 40 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit. 

The time needed by each product depends on its size. For example, frozen vegetables do not need as much time as a whole chicken or a big piece or steak of meat. Besides, you can use the microwave to defrost your frozen food, this method is very easy and not time-consuming.

However, you need to be attentive to the time you need to defrost your food because extra time can risk having precooked or fully cooked products. In addition, defrosting seafood like mussels and shrimps in the microwave might not be a good idea.

The texture of these foods might be altered and you will end up having chewing and unpalatable products. Also, when you defrost the frozen food in the microwave, you need to cook them directly and you should not leave them sitting on the counter for a long time. 

In addition, place the frozen food in a microwave-safe dish. If you can place the food in a dish with high borders to prevent any juice leakage. Clean your microwave right after thawing raw meat or chicken to avoid cross-contaminating any other food.

Besides, you can use cold running water to defrost your food by placing the container or the bag under the water for several minutes. Also, you can’t simmer the freezer bag in a bowl filled with water for a few minutes. But if you use this method you will need to change the water every 30 minutes.


In this brief guide, we discussed the following question, “can you defrost on the stove?” and other queries related to this topic.

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Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.