What’s the Quickest Way to Thaw a Turkey?

At Tariq Halal, we offer quality halal meat online that’s delivered all over London and the ever-noble whole roasted turkey is one of the most popular, delicious, and healthy options to enjoy any time of year.

The biggest challenge that home cooks encounter is the cooking time and thawing time. These two steps alone are time-consuming, but the results are worth it.

You can easily cook a turkey that's fully thawed, of course or one that's never been frozen. You can even cook a turkey that is completely frozen (but this dramatically increases cook time).

However, cooking a turkey that's partially frozen is where many people get into trouble. Perhaps this is obvious, but turkeys thaw from the outside in, so one that's roasted while still partially frozen will overcook around the edges whilst remaining undercooked in the middle.

We’re here to give you some tips on the safest and quickest way to thaw a frozen turkey so you can get it into the oven and onto the table as soon as possible for you and your guests to enjoy.
But first, here’s what not to do when thawing a frozen turkey.

It may be tempting but whatever you do, please don’t thaw the frozen turkey on the counter and let it thaw at room temperature. As per the Food Standards Agency, “Food should be left out at room temperature for the shortest time possible. Ideally, defrost these foods in the fridge”- you need a controlled cool temperature to thaw whole turnkeys to avoid food poisoning.

So, what’s the quickest way to thaw a turkey safely?

Completely submerge your turkey breast-side down in cold water and change the water every 30 minutes. Regularly changing the water and checking the turkeys’ temperature to make sure it never gets above 40°F is key for food safety.

Anything warmer than that is like an invitation for food poisoning because pathogens will grow above 40 degrees that aren't necessarily killed off in the oven.

It should take approximately 30 minutes per pound to completely thaw. So, for a 4.5-kilogram turkey, you’re looking at about five hours of that time.

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