How to Defrost Bread Without Getting Soggy

I’ll be honest – I’m someone who puts their bread in the refrigerator. But when I know I will not use it within 12 days, I will stash it in the freezer instead (homemade and store-bought). 

But defrosting can get tricky, as the wrong method can lead to stale and soggy pieces. How can you avoid this predicament?

The best way to defrost bread without getting soggy is to warm it up in the oven. If you’re in a pinch and defrosting only a couple of slices, you can also opt for the microwave or toaster. However, regardless of chosen defrosting technique, proper prep for freezing is critical.

Hey, everyone! My name’s Michelle, and I’m a carb lover. That said, I probably eat way more bread than I’m supposed to (oops). With that in mind, I know a thing or two about freezing and defrosting bread – both loaves and slices.

Keep reading to find out how to defrost/thaw bread without getting soggy!

3 Ways to Defrost Bread Without Getting Soggy

Nobody wants to munch on soggy bread – especially if they’re planning to use it for a sandwich, piece of garlic bread, or other meal. The good news is that defrosted bread doesn’t have to be destined for soggy disasters. Here are three ways to defrost bread without sogginess.

Before getting started, the first step to delicious defrosted bread is proper freezing. Here’s how to do it:

  • If you’re making homemade bread (in your bread machine or otherwise), allow it to cool entirely before freezing. 
  • If you don’t want to freeze the entire loaf, cut it into small slices (unless it’s the store-bought, pre-sliced variety, leave it alone).
  • Ensure the loaves (or slices) are sealed in a freezer bag with as little air as possible.

If your bread has been correctly frozen, you can use one of the following methods to defrost it without surrendering to sogginess.

Method 1: In the Microwave (For Slices)

You can use the microwave method if you only need to defrost a few slices. (I don’t recommend this technique for whole loaves). Here’s how to do it:

Step 1: Remove a few slices from the freezer.

Step 2: Wrap the frozen bread in a paper towel. 

Step 3: Microwave for approximately 10 to 15 seconds.

Method 2: In the Oven (Slices or Loaves)

Do you prefer the oven over the microwave? Don’t worry – lots of people do. If you fall into that category – or don’t own a microwave – then you can always use the oven instead. This technique works for slices or whole loaves.

Step 1: Preheat oven to 325 F.

Step 2: Remove the slices or loaf from the freezer.

Step 3: Place the slices on a baking sheet, or set them directly on the rack.

Step 4: Bake slices for five minutes and loaves for up to 25 minutes or until soft.

Method 3: In the Toaster (For Slices)

Your last option is to defrost your frozen slices of bread in the toaster. This is my preferred method because I like my bread toasted 99% of the time, whether I’m simply toasting it to go with my breakfast or creating a sky-high sandwich. Here’s how to do it.

Step 1: Remove slices from the freezer.

Step 2: Plop directly into your toaster.

Step 3: Toast for 25-30 seconds.

Step 4: Go for another round, if necessary.

Step 5: Keep toasting until you’ve reached your desired level of “toastiness”.

Can You Defrost Bread on the Counter?

When people decide to defrost something, they typically place it on the counter. Pretty basic, right? But is this the optimal place to defrost your bread? 


Although you can defrost bread on the counter at room temperature, this is a recipe for stale and soggy bread. My opinion? Avoid defrosting bread on the counter like you avoid the plague. 

Opt for one of my other methods above. Not only will they deter sogginess and staleness, but they’re much quicker methods. (After all, who wants to sit around waiting for their bread to defrost? We want our bread, and we want it now!)


When it comes to defrosting bread, your best option is the microwave, oven, or toaster. Before you run off to defrost some slices, check out these frequently asked questions. They might help you learn more about this topic!

Does defrosting bread make it soggy?

Defrosting bread makes it soggy because of the build-up of moisture from defrosting ice molecules. That said if you absolutely have to thaw your bread at room temperature on the counter, do yourself a favor and remove the packaging to cut down on sogginess.

Should frozen bread be thawed before toasting?

You do not need to thaw bread before toasting it! Simply remove the slices of frozen bread from the freezer and stick them directly into the toaster. It may need a bit more time to reach desired toastiness, but other than that, it’s a great way to get a slice of toast on busy mornings.

Does putting bread in the freezer dry it out?

Putting bread in the freezer doesn’t automatically equate to dried-out loaves or slices. The key is to store them correctly. I.e., always place bread in freezer bags with as little air as possible. 

Now You Can Successfully Defrost Bread Without Getting Soggy!

Whether you opt for the microwave, oven, or toaster technique, you can rest assured your scrumptious slices or loaves of bread can defrost quickly and without sogginess.

What is your preferred method for defrosting bread, so it doesn’t get soggy? Share with us below!

About Michelle
I have been a lover of sweets since day one. This led me on a self-taught baking journey starting at the age of 13. It's been over 10 years since the start of my baking adventures, and I’ve learned a lot along the way. Now, people rave about my delectable treats, whether it’s a chocolate cake or a strawberry crepe.

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