How To Defrost Bread Rolls in the Microwave

How To Defrost Bread Rolls in the MicrowaveNothing screams breakfast like freshly baked, warm bread rolls. The wafting aroma, the golden crust, and the soft, fluffy insides make for a fantastic morning treat.

Sadly, many of us don’t have time to bake them fresh and instead rely on store-bought ones, which are often frozen.

However, this doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your favorite breakfast staple. On the contrary, it’s easier than you think! With only 1-2 minutes in the microwave, they’re ready to go!

Here’s how to defrost bread rolls in the microwave.

Remove the frozen bread rolls from the fridge or their packaging and wrap each one in a moist paper towel. Place all the wrapped bread rolls onto a microwavable plate and microwave on defrost mode for 1-2 minutes or 15 seconds on high. Once fully defrosted, remove from microwave, and serve the rolls immediately as desired.

For more insights on whether you can thaw frozen bread rolls in the microwave, how long it takes, defrosting tips and tricks, step-by-step instructions, and much more, keep reading!

Can You Microwave Frozen Bread Rolls?

Yes, microwaving is an easy and quick way to defrost bread rolls. The result is fluffy, soft rolls that taste fresh from the oven.

In fact, microwaving does not result in tough or rubbery rolls, contrary to popular notions. Let me explain why.

Unlike vegetables or meats, bread rolls require rapid defrosting. Remember, microwaves work by agitating water molecules, which generate heat through friction. As such, they cook or heat food quickly.

Now, as your bread rolls progressively defrost, so does it warm up gradually. As a result, the starch molecules in the bread crystallize and draw out all of the moisture, a process known as retrogradation. In other words, retrogradation causes the texture of your rolls to turn into something akin to cardboard.

In contrast, microwaves’ rapid heating allows the crystals formed to break down, resulting in fluffy, light, and airy bread rolls. This makes microwave defrosting perfect for those on the go and want to enjoy their breakfast with minimal fuss.

However, this does not give you free rein to pop your frozen roll straight into the microwave. Despite the convenience of microwaving, overheating is still eminent. Honestly, it is one of the reasons I detest thawing my food in the microwave.

You see, a few seconds on high in the microwave can cause your rolls to overheat and dry out, eventually turning them into dry, crumbly bits. So, what should you do?


Tips For Defrosting Bread Rolls in The Microwave

For best results when defrosting frozen bread rolls in the microwave, you’ll want to follow these tips.

  1. Ensure the rolls don’t come into contact with air while storing them. Air promotes bacteria growth, causing your bread rolls to spoil quickly. As a result, I recommend tightly wrapping the rolls in a cling wrap before refrigerating or freezing.
  1. Cover the bread rolls with a damp paper towel to keep them from drying out during the defrosting process. Take care not to oversoak the paper towel, as this may result in soggy bread rolls.
  1. Defrost only using a microwave-safe dish to prevent melting and leaching of toxins associated with bread rolls packaging. I prefer ceramic or glass dishes as they can withstand high microwave temperatures better than plastic.
  1. Defrost your bread rolls on high power to prevent retrogradation (a scientific term for the recrystallization of starch molecules), which can lead to a dry texture. Honestly, no one wants to get stuck biting into a rock-hard roll at dinner time!
  1. Avoid overheating your bread rolls, as it will result in a tough crust and doughy inside. Instead, I suggest defrosting in short intervals, about 15-seconds each, allowing you more control over the process.
  1. Finish by placing the rolls in a preheated oven or toaster to give them a crisp finish. However, wrap them in aluminum foil before popping them in the oven to avoid burnt edges or tops.

How Long to Defrost Bread Rolls in the Microwave?

How To Defrost Bread Rolls in the MicrowaveIt will take 15 seconds on high to defrost bread rolls in the microwave and 1-2 minutes on defrost settings. However, this time may vary depending on your specific microwave’s wattage, how many rolls you are trying to defrost, the size of the rolls, and whether they are frozen solid or partially thawed.

Overheating is the primary concern when using a microwave to defrost bread rolls. The effects include dry, doughy centers, unappetizing crusts, and scorched surfaces. However, this should not make you snap into an overzealous panic mode. It turns out that timing is the key to delicious results.

For starters, I find defrosting in short intervals rather than one long duration works best. It allows you to catch the roll before it overheats but long enough for it to defrost. This is especially true if you choose the defrost setting, which typically runs longer than the regular high-power mode.

However, expect erratic timing with each batch of bread rolls you defrost. Remember the factors I stated earlier? They all have an effect on the timing. For example, if you have a lower-powered microwave, it will take longer for the bread rolls to defrost thoroughly. Likewise, smaller/thinner slices will thaw faster than larger ones.

Not to mention the number of bread rolls you’re attempting to thaw. The higher the number, the longer they’ll take to defrost and vice versa.

All these variables make it impossible to provide a set timeline. As a result, it’s imperative to keep an eye on the bread rolls during the process. As soon as they show signs of life (no longer rock hard), stop microwaving them immediately.

How To Defrost Bread Rolls in The Microwave (Step By Step)

If you’re like me, you love bread rolls. They’re perfect for sliders, mini sandwiches, and so much more. But what happens if you don’t have any defrosted? Here’s how I defrost bread rolls in the microwave.

  1. Take out the frozen bread rolls from the fridge or their packaging.
  1. Wrap each roll in a damp paper towel to prevent them from drying out.
  1. Place all of the rolls in a single layer on a microwavable plate or dish or an old casserole dish. Overcrowding will result in soggy, moist bread rolls and a sloppy mess on your hands.
  1. Put the wrapped bread rolls into the microwave and set it on defrost mode for 1-2 minutes. Alternatively, set the timer for 15 seconds and defrost on high power.
  1. Once the timer goes off, unwrap one of the rolls to inspect the contents. If not completely thawed, continue to microwave in 15-second increments. Do this until they are fully thawed, but don’t go overboard! If left in the microwave for too long, the bread rolls will start to cook.
  1. Remove the bread rolls from the microwave when defrosted and pop them in the oven or toaster to crisp up and give them a fresh baked taste.
  1. Serve warm with butter and maple syrup, or toss some eggs and bacon for breakfast.

Alternative Ways to Defrost Bread Rolls

If you don’t have a microwave or are seeking other ways to defrost bread rolls, try these alternatives.

1. In the Fridge

Wrap your frozen rolls with tin foil and put them in the fridge. Make sure the fridge temperature is below room temperature but above freezing. Allow them to thaw overnight before unwrapping and using. You can also leave them wrapped in tinfoil until they’re ready to be used.

One disadvantage of this method is that it takes longer than just popping the rolls in the microwave. However, if you want to avoid microwaves altogether, then this might be an option.

2. On the Counter

If you’re looking for an easy and cheap way to defrost bread rolls, then I recommend putting them on the counter. Simply take out the roll from its package and let it sit at room temperature for 3-5 hours. The duration, of course, depends on the thickness and size of the bread rolls.

However, don’t be duped by the method’s simplicity and low cost. Leaving the rolls at room temperature may promote mold and microbial proliferation.

3. In the Oven


This is perhaps one of my favorite ways to defrost bread rolls. If you’re anything like me and love parties and barbecues, this will come in handy. This is because the method allows you to thaw large batches of dough at once.

All you need to do is preheat the oven, wrap the rolls tightly in foil, set it on a cookie sheet, and cook for 10 minutes per batch (392 degrees Fahrenheit). And voila!

How Long Does a Defrosted Bread Roll Last?

How To Defrost Bread Rolls in the MicrowaveUnfortunately, defrosted bread rolls have only a two-day shelf life. For this reason, it is recommended that you consume all your bread rolls immediately after thawing them.

That is why the quality of the bread rolls is critical, as it determines their longevity and taste. This goes for both store-bought and homemade bread rolls. For context, high-quality rolls will last up to two days, while low-quality bread rolls may not even last an hour.

Honestly, nothing bugs me more than stale bread rolls on my dinner table. The stench alone makes me gag, and the chewy texture makes for a bad eating experience. It’s also just plain wasteful! So, if you regularly buy bread rolls, quality is one of the critical aspects to consider.

Next, you may want to defrost your bread rolls at a higher temperature to ensure they stay fresher for longer. Remember how I mentioned the word retrogradation earlier? If you defrost your bread rolls at a lower temperature, they will become tough and dry owing to moisture loss.

Don’t forget to store your bread rolls properly. Wrap any leftovers in an airtight container or sealable bag and refrigerate them until ready to use. But ultimately, defrost only what you need and leave the rest.

Bottom Line

The microwave is the way to go if you can’t resist the siren call of soft, warm bread rolls. It is an easy and quick way to serve fresh, hot breakfast on your table without heating up the oven.

The trick is to avoid overheating, which can result in dried-out or burnt rolls. Ultimately, follow all the microwave defrosting tips outlined above, and your next dinner will be complete with freshly baked dinner rolls.

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