How to defrost phyllo dough in the microwave

Written by cynthia measom
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Generally, filo dough responds best when it's allowed to thaw out over a period of time in the refrigerator. This type of dough is packaged in sheets that can morph into a soggy, sticky mess with microwave thawing. Some filo dough manufacturers include microwave thawing instructions on the product's packaging, but if no instructions are present on the packaging try a general -- though not foolproof -- method to thaw the dough quickly.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Remove the filo dough from the box but keep it in its plastic packaging.

  2. 2

    Place the entire package in the microwave. Set the microwave for 45 seconds on the defrost setting.

  3. 3

    Remove the package from the microwave, open it and remove the dough. The sheets should peel away from one another.

Tips and warnings

  • Buy filo dough at a market that turns the product over quickly. Otherwise, you may buy something that has been sitting for months in the freezer.
  • Purchase an extra package of filo dough in case the microwave-thawing method isn't successful.
  • Always check the filo dough package for thawing recommendations from the manufacturer. If they are present, follow those because they are product specific.

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