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any turkey breast thawed in this way needs to be cooked immediately once thawed. Some cooks put a frozen turkey breast directly into an oven and start cooking it. This technique will actually thaw turkey breast and cook it, but it will take an exceptionally long time. To elaborate on why you have to be careful here, the main concern when quickly thawing a turkey breast is keeping it out of the danger zone between 40 and 140 degrees fahrenheit for any longer than two hours. At this temperature, bacteria reproduces rapidly, even to the point where cooking wont eliminate all potential for foodborne illness. take the turkey out of its wrapping, and remove metal clips or tags. Place the turkey breast-side up in a microwave-safe pan to catch any drips. After the turkey is thawed, wash the inside of your microwave to prevent cross contamination. because of the potential for bacterial growth, you should avoid certain thawing methods, including leaving the turkey breast at room temperature. You also should avoid using warm or hot water to thaw the turkey. Controlling the thawing process using safe methods helps you thaw turkey fast while preventing potentially dangerous bacteria growth. To thaw faster, place unopened roast in cold tap water for 3 to 5 hours. Thaw breast side down, in an unopened wrapper, with enough cold water to cover your turkey completely. Change water every 30 minutes and if turkey cannot be completely covered, rotate every 30 minutes to keep the turkey chilled. When do you think i should put it in the fridge to start thawing for thursday? I havent ever made just the breast before. But my sisters husband is also frying a whole turkey and i thought id make this breast for the people who dont want fried turkey. bought the turkey breast frozen on tuesday (nov 21) and left it in the fridge to thaw. Didnt get a chance to brine nor cook it because we spent thanksgiving at my in-laws. I just found it in the bottom shelf this morning and thought id check to see if it still was safe to cook. According to the usda guidelines, this is the safest method because the turkey will thaw at a consistent, safe temperature. Give yourself about one day of thawing for every 4-5 pounds of turkey. If your turkey weighs 16 pounds, for instance, it will take about four days to thaw in the refrigerator. but if you forgot to take it out of the freezer, didnt have room in your fridge, or purchased a frozen turkey at the last minute, you cant wait for days. You can thaw the turkey even faster by running cool water over it.