How to Thaw Pork Chops Fast

defrosted pork chops

Forgot to take out the pork chops again from the freezer? Don’t fret; we are going to show you some different ways to defrost pork chops in no time. Follow these step-by-step instructions listed below to thaw your pork chops, all while maintaining the texture and taste you love.


Take Some Precautions


Avoid Contamination

It is so important to prevent any potential contamination when thawing pork chops. Always clean your hands and work surfaces before starting. Use separate cutting boards for raw meat, and never allow the juices to touch other foods.

Be sure to store your pork chops on the bottom shelf of your refrigerator, inside a sealed container or plastic bag, to avoid juices dripping onto other foods.


Different Ways to Thaw Your Pork Chops

pork chop on a cutting board

Submerge in Cold Water

Submerge your pork chops in a large bowl of water. The water temperature should be below 40°F (4°C) to avoid bacterial growth.

Change the water every 30 minutes to maintain its temperature. Thawing times may vary depending on the thickness of the pork chops.

Cook the pork chops as soon as they are thawed.


Use the Microwave

Thawing pork chops quickly and safely is possible using your microwave.

Remove the packaging and put your pork chops on a microwave-safe plate. Separate the pork chops if they are frozen together.

Set your microwave to the defrost setting, usually marked as “Defrost” or a snowflake symbol. Determine the thawing time by the weight of your pork chops; you can estimate approximately two minutes of defrosting time per pound of meat.


Thaw in the Refrigerator

Thawing your pork chops in the refrigerator ensures even defrosting. While this method may take longer than other techniques, it maintains a consistent temperature and lowers the risk of bacterial growth.

Place your pork chops on a plate or shallow container to catch any drippings. Store the pork chops in the coldest part of your refrigerator, usually on the lowest shelf.


Thaw on the Countertop

Use the countertop method to thaw pork chops quickly. All you need to do is let them sit at room temperature for 1-2 hours.

The pork chop’s thickness will affect the thawing time. Thinner cuts will thaw faster than thicker ones. As your pork chops reach the desired thawing level, you can start preparing your preferred recipe.


Avoid Temperature Danger Zone

The temperature danger zone refers to the range of temperatures (between 40°F and 140°F) where harmful bacteria can grow rapidly. To keep your pork chops safe during thawing, it’s important to:

  • Never leave the pork chops to thaw for more than 2 hours on the countertop.
  • Keep an instant-read thermometer handy to check the temperature of your pork chops if you are unsure.
  • Always cook thawed pork chops immediately to prevent bacterial growth.


Always Cook Thawed Pork Chops Immediately

pork chop ready to be cooked

Once the pork chops are thawed, cook them immediately. You can cook them in the microwave, on the stovetop, or in the oven. Cooking times will vary depending on the method and thickness of the pork chops. Use a meat thermometer to check for doneness, and ensure the internal temperature reaches 145°F (63°C) before serving.

Here are some general cooking times for thawed pork chops:

  • Microwave: 6-8 minutes on high
  • Stovetop (pan-frying): 4-6 minutes per side on medium-high heat
  • Oven (baking): 25-30 minutes at 375°F (190°C)

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