How to Reheat Deep-Fried Food – 3 Excellent Methods

How To Reheat Deep Fried Food

Nothing beats the crispy taste of fried foods, whether they are freshly-made or that moment when reheated. Reheating fried food needs to be done correctly to maintain its freshness and give you a crispy texture. So how do you do it?

When reheating fried food, opt for dry heat options such as using the oven or toaster oven at 400ºF, or you can use a pan on a stovetop.

1. How to Reheat Deep-Fried Food in the Oven

How to Reheat Deep-Fried Food in the Oven

Reheating your deep-fried food in the oven will ensure it comes out hot and crispy. This reheating method is one of the best for reheating deep-fried and it is very easy. Here is how you do it:

  1. Preheat your oven to 400ºF.
  2. While the oven is preheating, you can prepare your deep-fried food.
  3. If you have a wire rack, place your deep-fried food directly on it but place a baking tray on the shelf underneath to catch any drips and keep your oven cleaner.
  4. If you are using a baking tray (or any kind of baking dish), space out your food to ensure everything is more evenly heated.
  5. Allow the deep-fried food to bake for about 10 to 20 minutes, take the food out of the oven and check it. Bake it until the outside of what you are cooking feels hot and crispy and inside, it is heated through. (How long this takes depends on the size and thickness of the food you are reheating and the temperature of the oven but with practice, you’ll get better at this.)
  6. When hot, serve.

Pro Tip: When cooking and reheating foods, an experienced cook notices that there is an exact moment when the food suddenly smells fabulous and that is generally when it is done. Be observant when you are cooking (or baking) so that you don’t overcook your food.

2. How to Reheat Deep-Fried Food in the Air Fryer

How to Reheat Deep-Fried Food in the Air Fryer
  1. Preheat your air fryer to 400ºF
  2. Add the food, but ensure there is space between each piece (and make in batches if necessary).
  3. Pull out the air fryer basket after about three minutes. Check whether your food is hot and crispy on the outside and warm inside. If not, return it to reheat and check every minute or so, until it reaches the desired temperature.

Related Blog: How to Reheat Fried Fish in Air Fryers

3. How to Reheat Deep-Fried Food on a Stove Top

How to Reheat Deep-Fried Food on a Stove Top

The process of reheating deep-fried food in a frying pan is pretty simple, but it requires you to monitor its progress. Here is how you do it:

  1. Place a large skillet or pan on the stovetop. Add some oil or butter and allow it to heat up at medium-high heat.
  2. Add your deep-fried food to the skillet using tongs. Ensure you space out the food so it reheats more evenly (and faster). This way will also give you crisper food.
  3. Allow your food to fry in the oil or butter for about two to three minutes. Then flip it over so that both sides are more evenly heated. Check to see if it is crisp inside and warm inside. If not continue reheating your food.
  4. Remove when done


Reheating deep-fried food to recapture that irresistible crunch and delectable flavor is an art worth mastering. In this guide, we’ve explored several methods – from oven, air fryer and stovetop – each offering its own unique approach to achieving the perfect reheating balance.

Whether you’re a fan of crispy chicken, golden fries, or other deep-fried delights, the key is to choose the reheating method that best suits the type of food you’re working with. By following these tips, you can elevate your reheating game and enjoy the savory satisfaction of your favorite fried treats, one day, or more later.

As you embark on the journey of reheating deep-fried food, remember that a little care and attention can go a long way. Experiment with different methods to find the one that brings your specific dish back to life with the desired texture and taste. Share your successes and insights with fellow food enthusiasts, ensuring that everyone can savor the joy of perfectly reheated deep-fried goodness.

Happy reheating!

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