How long should I bake a frozen meat pie?

A frozen meat pie is a delicious and convenient meal that can be enjoyed at any time of the day. Whether you are looking for a quick snack, lunch or dinner, baking a frozen meat pie can save you time and bring enjoyment to your taste buds. However, knowing how long to bake a frozen meat pie is essential to achieving the perfect consistency, taste and texture.

In this article, we will discuss the factors that affect baking time, recommended baking times for different pies, thawing processes before freezing, steps to follow when baking frozen meat pies thoroughly, troubleshooting tips, and more.

Factors Affecting Baking Time for Frozen Meat Pie

Several factors can contribute to variations in baking time when it comes to frozen meat pies:

Type of Oven Used

Different types of ovens may have varying temperatures and heating methods. Some may have fans that circulate hot air throughout the oven resulting in even cooking while others use traditional top-to-bottom heat. The ability to adjust temperature settings on your oven can affect how well your pie cooks.

Brand and Type of Frozen Meat Pie

Various brands produce different kinds of pies with varying ingredients that can impact baking times. Certain fillings like steak or chicken with vegetables require different cook times than those containing mushrooms or gravy.

Anything Else?

Altitude or environmental conditions may also influence cooking time for frozen meat pies.

The following recommendations will help achieve crusty pastry and perfect filling consistency when preparing two prevalent flavors of pies: Steak & Mushroom Meat Pies as well Chicken & Vegetable Pies.

Chicken and Vegetable Meat Pies

  • Cooking Times: Preheat oven to 375F (190C). If your oven has fan-forced cooking capabilities bake at 160C.
  • Small Sized: Bake for approximately 45 minutes
  • Large sized: 60-70 minutes
  • Optimum Crust and Filling Consistency:
  • Check pie 35 minutes in. If the crust becomes a deep brown earlier than expected, adjust temperatures or cover with aluminum foil to ensure it browns but doesn’t burn.
  • For a perfect consistency allow pie to cool for 5-10 minutes before serving.
  • Specific Instructions for Popular Brands:
  • McCain Deep ‘n’ Delicious Chicken Pie: Unwrap frozen chicken pie and place on high edges baking tray with enough room around for heat circulation. Bake at 375°F degrees (190°C) for 22 minutes. Reduce heat to 350°F (180°C) and continue to bake for approximately additional hour or until filling is hot and pastry golden brown.

Steak and Mushroom Meat Pies

  • Recommended Cooking Times & Temperature: Preheat oven at a moderate temperature of 370F(180C).
  • Small Sized: Bake for approximately 40 – 45 minutes
  • Large sized: Bake for approximately an hour
  • Optimum Pastry Texture
  • Ensure the underside of your steak pie has cooked through by gently lifting one end with a knife to see if it’s fully cooked.
  • Specific Instructions for Popular Brands:
  • Byron Bay Gourmet Foods Steak & Mushroom Family pies: Preheat oven at a moderate temperature of 170° C (150 degrees Celsius Fan-forced). Remove all wrapping, not flexible container is needed, place the pies onto an ungreased tray or dish that is at least as deep as the pies are tall. Put them on the bottom shelf of a preheated oven and cook undisturbed for approximated time.

Thawing Process Before Baking Frozen Meat Pies

Thoroughly thawing frozen meat pies before baking is essential. You may need to do this overnight in your fridge or during the day when you know you will be home. Avoid risk and health dangers that come with half-baked meals: e.g., salmonella infection and improper pastry baking. Partial thawed meals interfere with the evenness of cooking and create some core parts not properly cooked, requiring further heating.

Steps to Follow When Baking a Frozen Meat Pie Thoroughly

The following are six necessary steps to follow in baking frozen meat pie thoroughly.

1. Preparing Kitchen Equipment

Ensure you have everything you need for the pie’s preparation before starting:

  • A rolling pin
  • Oven thermometer
  • Egg wash

2. Preheat Oven

  • Set the oven based on size, brand & type (see recommended cooking times above). Consider using a thermometer inside your oven for optimal temperature adjustment.

3. Putting Your Frozen Meat Pie Inside The Oven

  • Select a tray lined with aluminum foil or directly place the pies on it.
  • Observe any instructions indicated by manufacturers such as dough cross-cuts or toppings.

4. Checking At Regular Intervals

Check on your meat pie once every ten minutes to ensure its consistency, pastry texture, and ducking amends necessary not to burn.

5. Testing Doneness

When it comes to checking if your pie is done, observe these techniques:

  • A skewer test ensures that no raw batter is left unbaked.
  • Checking upper crust coloration indicates if all crust is baked through uniformly.

6. Serving

Allow two-five minutes for the frozen meat pie to cool down after taking them out from the oven Best Accompaniment choices include peppery flavors with honey, paired up succulent sauté mushrooms with spicy green greens or mixed root vegetable casserole.

Troubleshooting Tips for Baking Frozen Meat Pies

Combalances are bound to befall when preparing frozen pies; here are some remedies:

  • Possible Problems and Their Identification Techniques:
  • The pastry turns out too soft.
  • Your pie is burnt or overcooked.
  • Recommendations on What Went Wrong
  • Check if your oven temperature is correct, the baking time right, or aluminum foil not covering pie for an extended period exceeds required.
  • Ways of Fixing Uncooked or Burnt Pastry:
  • Reduce oven temperatures, check accurately your cooking times, repair gaps in filling that can cause oozing or patchy spaces on the upper crust


In conclusion, following the guidelines stated above when baking frozen meat pies can make your cooking experience enjoyable and perfect every time. Although you may face some challenges, be patient to follow through until completion; a perfect crust crispy pie and juicy savory filling are guaranteed. Avoid risk of health hazards like Salmonella by cooking pastry thoroughly while enjoying roasted vegetables. Happy cooking!


  1. Q: How do I know when a frozen meat pie is fully cooked? A: Insert a food thermometer into the center of the meat pie. When it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F, the meat pie is fully cooked.
  2. Q: Can I bake a frozen meat pie at a higher temperature to speed up the cooking process? A: It’s not recommended to bake a frozen meat pie at a higher temperature as this can cause the outer layers to burn while leaving the inner layers uncooked.
  3. Q: Can I microwave a frozen meat pie instead of baking it? A: While you can microwave a frozen meat pie, the texture and taste may be compromised. It’s best to follow the baking instructions for optimal results.
  4. Q: Is it okay to let a baked meat pie cool before serving or should it be served hot? A: It’s fine to let a baked meat pie cool for 10-15 minutes before serving to allow it to settle and prevent any potential burns from hot filling. However, it’s best served warm or hot as it can affect taste and texture if too cold.

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