How to Thaw English Muffins? (3 popular methods exposed)

If I were to take a poll about everyone’s ideal morning meal, I can promise that the vast majority of individuals would include a specific kind of bread in their description (not including the pumpkin spice flavor pictured above lol ☝️).


It doesn’t matter where you go in the globe, bread (including English muffins) will always be a staple item. This leads us to the question: how to thaw English muffins? After doing the research, here’s what I uncovered…


Best Method: English muffins can be defrosted at room temperature or heated from frozen in the microwave or oven. Unwrap the muffin and place it on a microwave-safe plate, paper towel, or napkin. Each English muffin needs 30 seconds on HIGH.


After conducting additional investigation, I discovered additional information that is important for you to be aware of; therefore, continue reading…



3 Popular Methods For Thawing Your English Muffin

1. Let English Muffins thaw at room temperature after being frozen


If you have the time, you can take the English muffins out of the freezer and allow them to thaw at room temperature… this is an option only if you have the time…


The consistency won’t shift at all, and they’ll be exactly the same as when you put them in the oven for the first time. The one and only drawback to this is that it requires some amount of time, so make sure you schedule enough time for it.




  • Take out of the freezer the English muffins that have been frozen.

  • Put them on a platter, and leave them out on the kitchen counter for as long as it takes for them to defrost completely.

  • FYI: This approach is not recommended for people who need their English muffins rapidly defrosted because it can take up to an hour to complete.


2. English muffins being thawed in the oven


If you do not have access to a microwave or are simply looking for an alternative approach that works just as well, you can defrost the English muffins in the oven.

Even though it is not by any means the quickest option available, it should only take anywhere from ten to fifteen minutes for the items to get defrosted and ready for use.




  • The oven should be preheated to 350 degrees.

  • Take the frozen English muffins and cover them each in individual pieces of aluminum foil.

  • Reheat the muffins by placing them on a baking sheet and placing them in the oven for approximately ten to fifteen minutes. (FYI: The length of time needed to toast the muffins is directly proportional to their size.)

  • Take out, let aside to cool, and then consume (yummy).


3. Using the microwave to thaw English muffins


FYI: The microwave is the quickest way for defrosting English muffins, and you can have them thawed and ready to use in less than a minute if you use it…


It is important to remember not to keep them in for too long, as this could cause them to become soggy and give them a completely different consistency than what you are accustomed to.




  • Take the frozen English muffins out of the freezer and lay them on a dish that is safe to use in the microwave.

  • Cook the muffin in the microwave for about 30 seconds at the highest setting.

  • Check to see if the English muffin has defrosted to your satisfaction, and if it hasn’t, microwave it in intervals of five seconds until it is completely thawed.

  • Take it out of the microwave, and then enjoy.



2 Popular Methods For Reheating Your English Muffin

1. Putting English muffins in the toaster to reheat:


Make a horizontal cut across the middle of your English muffin. Put the slices in the slots of the toaster and turn it up to high (if you have different settings).


Toast the halves for one to two minutes, depending on how much of a toasted flavor you want them to have. As soon as it’s crispy, serve it right away.




  • Cut each English muffin in half horizontally.

  • Put the slices into the toasting appliance (on high).

  • Toast for one to two minutes, or until the bread becomes crunchy.

  • Immediately serve after cooking.


FYI: After you have cut the halves in half, shake any excess crumbs off of them by giving them a quick tap against the counter or a plate. It’s not always easy to find the right size slot for your toaster.


If one or both of your muffin halves become stuck, you can carefully remove them by using a toothpick or kebab stick. Never, ever use metal utensils in your toaster because you risk getting an electric shock.


2. Using an air fryer to reheat English muffins:


Adjust your air fryer’s temperature to 400 degrees Fahrenheit (200 degrees Celsius). Slice your English muffin in half and place it into the frying basket…

Heat for three minutes, checking the status of the cooking halfway through. As soon as it’s crispy, serve it right away. To enhance the flavor of your muffins, butter them before you heat them.




  • Adjust your air fryer’s temperature to 400 degrees Fahrenheit (200 degrees Celsius).

  • Cut your English muffin in half using a knife.

  • Optional: Spread some butter in a thin layer on each half.

  • Put the muffins in the fryer basket and heat them for three minutes, checking them halfway through the time period.

  • As soon as it’s crispy, serve it right away.


FYI: Before putting English muffins in the air fryer, I always split them in half. I’ve found that whole English muffins go dry on the outside before the interior is warm, so cutting them in half helps prevent this.


The proper method for storing English muffins

After opening a package of English muffins, place each individual muffin in a plastic bag or wrap it firmly in plastic wrap before placing it in a freezer bag that has had the air squeezed out of it.


Up to four days’ worth of muffins can be stored at room temperature. It is in your best interest to keep the muffins away from the refrigerator because doing so will hasten the rate at which they become stale.


However, if you have baked a sandwich or stuffed an English muffin with any kind of filling, you will need to store it in the refrigerator in order to keep it fresh.


If you restrict the flow of air to and around your muffins, they will remain more tender and fresh for an extended period of time. You may use either a straw or a vacuum sealer to get rid of the extra air in your freezer bag by pressing down on it as you seal it.


This will force the air out of the bag as you seal it. If your English muffins have just been baked, you need to wait until they have completely cooled down before you seal them. Condensation may become a problem if the loaves are still warm, causing the bread to become soggy.


How to bring back the freshness of a stale English muffin

The microwave is the quickest and most convenient method for reviving a stale or dry English muffin. After covering the muffin with a wet paper towel and heating it in the microwave for 10-second intervals, the muffin should be soft.


There is also the option of using an oven, or placing the muffin in a steamer for one to two minutes. To prepare the muffin for baking in the oven, first liberally sprinkle it with water and then wrap it in aluminum foil. Warm for five minutes in an oven preheated to 350 degrees.


FYI: There are however other methods, such as baking the muffins in a moist paper bag or simulating the conditions of a steam oven by placing a tray of water inside the oven.



How long can English Muffins be stored in the freezer before they become stale?

After three months, English muffins have retained the majority of their original quality. However, this is only the case if you store each item in its own separate location and without heating it.


If you are going to assemble meals out of them, for example, freezing breakfast sandwiches, then their shelf life will be dictated by the other ingredients in that meal, and it might range anywhere from a few days to a few weeks.


You want to know if it’s possible to keep English muffins frozen for more than three months. Yes, you can.


If you absolutely have to store them for a longer period of time, you can do so for up to six months; however, for optimal flavor, they should be used within the first three months.


Once they pass this threshold, even if you stored them properly, it is likely that they may begin to suffer harm. Everything ultimately loses its moisture and suffers from freezer burn, so make sure you have a strategy to use the muffins and attempt to eat the ones that are the oldest first.


Why should you stay away from English muffins that you buy at the store?

English muffins and other foods that are comparable to those that would normally be made at home but can now be purchased in supermarkets are created with additional additives that are intended to lengthen the shelf life of the product.


In contrast to handmade muffins, which can typically be stored for several days in the refrigerator or on a shelf, store-bought muffins can be kept for weeks due to the additional ingredients.

The issue is that those additives do not contribute to good health and are not risk-free over the long run. In addition, the English muffins you find in stores nearly typically contain a significant amount of processed sugars in addition to fats, both of which are obviously very bad choices.


It is not that this is not the case with the majority of the items that can be purchased from stores, but it is a solid cause for you to spend an hour or two cooking handmade English muffins that actually taste many times better and are also much healthier.


Related Questions:

1. Can you freeze English muffins in original packaging?


You’ll need a freezer bag to store your individually wrapped English muffins. I recommend using a quality freezer bag like this one because it prevents freezer burn better than the muffins’ original packaging. Some people choose to use the muffins’ store-bought packaging.


2. How to tell if English muffins are bad?


Examining the muffins visually and by smell is the most effective method: throw away any English muffins that smell or seem odd, and if there is mold on any of the muffins, throw away the entire container.



Final Thoughts

So, what did we learn in class today? We now know that English muffins can be defrosted at room temperature or heated from frozen in the microwave or oven.


Unwrap the muffin and put it on a plate, paper towel, or napkin that can go in the microwave. On HIGH, each English muffin needs 30 seconds.


Also, an English muffin that has gone stale or dried out can be revived quickly and easily in the microwave. After putting a damp paper towel over the muffin and heating it for 10 seconds at a time in the microwave, the muffin should be soft.


You can also use an oven or steam the muffin for one to two minutes. To get the muffin ready to bake in the oven, sprinkle it with water all over and then wrap it in aluminum foil.


Warm for five minutes in an oven heated to 350 degrees. Enjoy the rest of your day, always stay safe, and treat others with kindness & respect. Until next time!

How to Thaw English Muffins? (3 popular methods exposed)