How to Quickly Defrost/Thaw Puff Pastry

Puff pastry is essential for making certain pies, tarts, and other delicious desserts. In order to make these treats, you’ll need to manipulate the puff pastry without tearing it – which is impossible while frozen. But what’s the quickest way to thaw it out?

The quickest way to thaw puff pastry is in the microwave for 15 seconds on both sides. If you have more time, you can thaw on the countertop for 40 minutes. The last option is to put it in the fridge for four hours.

If you’re making a treat that requires puff pastry and need it thawed ASAP, you’ve come to the right article. I’m Michelle, and I’ve spent the last ten years in the kitchen whipping up all kinds of goodies, and I’ve found the best and quickest ways to thaw puff pastry.

What are we waiting for? Let’s get thawin’!

How to Quickly Defrost/Thaw Puff Pastry (3 Ways)

Whether you need it thawed in under a minute or have a few hours to spare, there’s a puff pastry thawing technique you can use. Here are the best (and fastest) ways to defrost your beloved puff pastry.

1. Microwave (Fastest)

If you need your puff pastry right now, the microwave will be your best option. Using the microwave, you can have your puff pastry defrosted and ready to rock in less than a minute. Just do the following:

  • Remove one pastry sheet from the box and remove any wrapping
  • Wrap the sheet of puff pastry in a paper towel
  • Microwave on high for 15 seconds
  • Flip over and microwave on high for an additional 15 seconds
  • If it’s still unable to fold easily, microwave for another five seconds on each side

2. Countertop (Under an Hour)

Some people don’t use microwaves or do not own a microwave. Whatever the case may be, you don’t have to use a microwave to thaw puff pastry quickly. You can always leave it at room temperature to thaw. Surprisingly, it doesn’t take too long. Here’s how to do it:

  • Remove pastry sheets from the box and remove any wrapping
  • Place puff pastry sheets on a plate in a single layer (do not stack them)
  • Let the puff pastry sheets sit on the counter at room temperature until thawed, typically around 40 minutes

Yup, it’s that easy. Keep in mind that you don’t want the puff pastry to get too warm. Puff pastry works best when it’s slightly chilled. So, while you might wait for other ingredients to come to room temperature, the same isn’t true for puff pastry.

That said, you shouldn’t allow puff pastry to sit out for longer than 40-45 minutes. Otherwise, it might be too warm.

3. Refrigerator (Longest)

If you have a few hours to spare, you can always opt for the fridge. A refrigerator is excellent because puff pastry will thaw without becoming too warm. So, you can take it out of the refrigerator and get right to work. Here’s what to do.

  • Remove pastry sheets from the box and remove any wrapping
  • Wrap each individual sheet in plastic wrap
  • Place puff pastry sheets in a single layer in the fridge (do not stack them)
  • Wait about four hours for the puff pastry to defrost


Yep – thawing puff pastry sheets is a breeze and can be done in under a minute. Pretty great, huh? However, don’t take off just yet! Check out these frequently asked questions to learn more about puff pastry thawing.

How long does frozen puff pastry take to defrost?

It depends on the method you’re using. If you plop your puff pastry into the microwave, it shouldn’t take longer than a minute. If you opt for room temp defrosting, about 40 minutes will do. Lastly, thawing in the fridge takes about four hours. 

Do you have to thaw puff pastry before baking?

Puff pastry needs to be thawed before baking. However, keep in mind that it should be cold – not warm. Basically, the puff pastry sheets should be cold to the touch but easily manipulated to transform into your desired treat.

What is the difference between puff pastry and phyllo dough?

Although they appear similar, puff pastry and phyllo dough are pretty different. The main difference is that puff pastry is crafted with butter, while phyllo dough is made with oil. Phyllo dough is also a lot thinner than puff pastry.

Thawing Puff Pastry Sheets is Easy

To thaw puff pastry, you can use the microwave, set them on the countertop, or place them in the fridge. The microwave is the absolute quickest method for defrosting puff pastry sheets. Place a single sheet wrapped in a paper towel in the microwave on high for 15 seconds on both sides, and you’re good to go!

How do you thaw your puff pastry sheets in a flash?

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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