Conventional wisdom holds that it’s best to thaw frozen meat before cooking it, but is that really true? Cook’s Illustrated compares cooked thawed steaks vs. cooked steaks straight from the freezer.
Not surprisingly, the frozen stakes take longer to cook in the oven than thawed stakes. However, the frozen stakes brown in the skillet nearly as quickly as thawed stakes. This means there is less overcooking below the surface of the frozen stake, because the frozen meat below the surface is naturally more resistant to heat than thawed meat. Furthermore, the frozen stakes lost 9% less moisture when cooked. Most importantly, the frozen stakes tasted better than the thawed stakes.