How To Reheat Fish Tacos (Can You Even?…)

How To Reheat Fish Tacos

You can make fish tacos in advance and wrap in aluminum then store to reheat and eat later. Depending on the type of fish, most fish tacos can be reheated even after 3 days. It’s difficult to eat cold fish tacos as what makes them special is the contrast between the hot flavorful fish and the refreshing sauce and toppings. 

The secret in proper storage and reheating of fish tacos is to store everything separately then reassemble once reheated. Hard-shell tacos are best reheated in a standard oven while a deep fryer is more suitable for softshell tacos. 

For best results, read through our guide on reheating fish tacos and choose the one that best fits your needs. 

How to Reheat Fish Tacos in A Microwave

Fish Tacos On A White Plate With Salad

The microwave is the handiest kitchen appliance for reheating fish tacos. Nonetheless, care should be taken to retain the moisture, otherwise the shell may crumble and the fillings and toppings pour out. To reheat fish tacos in a microwave:

  1. Place some damp towels in a layer on top of the microwave plate.
  2. Place your taco shells or tortillas on top of the paper towels
  3. Separate the shells with another layer of damp paper towels between them
  4. Add a quarter-full glass of water inside the microwave
  5. Set the microwave on the reheat setting and let the shells warm for 20 to 60 seconds
  6. Once the shells are done, cover them in a bowl. 
  7. Place the fish in aluminum foil
  8. You may add some olive oil or a light spread of melted butter before wrapping up the fish
  9. Place in the microwave and reheat for 5 minutes
  10. While the fish reheats, prepare your other toppings and sauces. 
  11. Once the fish is done, reassemble the fish and sauces inside the taco shells and serve. 

How to Reheat Fish Tacos in A Deep Fryer

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The deep fryer is a quick option for reheating fish tacos. The steps are:

  1. If frozen, thaw out the taco shells and the fish. If cold from the fridge, let the shells and fish rest in the open for ten minutes. Make sure the fish is well covered throughout. 
  2. Pre-heat the oil in the deep fryer to 400 degrees Fahrenheit (200 degrees Celsius)
  3. In the meantime, you can make the tomato salsa and sour cream sauce. Season both to taste and set aside. 
  4. Dip the taco shells in the deep fryer in small batches for a few minutes each. One to three minutes is enough depending on whether they’re hard shell or soft-shell tacos. Also depending on how much they had been cooked before. 
  5. Dust the fish in some seasoned flour
  6. Remove the taco shells from the deep fryer
  7. Place the dusted fish in batches into the hot oil for 2 to 3 minutes
  8. Remove the fish and reassemble the fish tacos
  9. Serve

How to Reheat Fish Tacos in an Oven

Fish Tacos On A White Plate With Cut Lime

An oven presents one of the best appliances for reheating fish tacos. The steps to take are:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit (200 degrees Celsius). The high temperature allows the leftover fish tacos to heat up quickly with little or no time to steam up. 
  2. Layer some baking sheet on top of the oven tray. 
  3. Place your taco shells on top of the baking sheet. Space them evenly, leaving at least an inch between each for proper air flow around them. 
  4. Place the oven tray in the middle rack and reheat for 5 to 8 minutes. 
  5. As the taco shells bake, wrap the fish in aluminum foil. Each wrapping should contain fish for one taco only. 
  6. Remove the taco shells to cool down then place the fish in the tray and into the oven. 
  7. As the fish warms up, prepare and season your veggies, salsa, and sauces. 
  8. Once the fish is hot enough, remove and reassemble your fish tacos. 
  9. Serve, ready to eat. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you still have questions on how to reheat fish tacos? We have the answers. 

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How Do You Store Reheated Fish Tacos?

In case you reheat more fish tacos than you can eat, then you might have to disassemble the rest for proper storage. Use several airtight containers to store each ingredient separately. You will also need to separate the fish. Only store the fish from one taco together. Store the fish from another taco in its own container. 

How Do You Store Reheated Soft Taco Shells?

Soft taco shells are typically made from corn tortillas. As such, they lack gluten and will firm up quickly. Thus, the best way to store them is to wait till they cool down before you refrigerate. To reheat soft shell tortillas, heat them up in a pan on medium heat for 30 to 60 seconds on each side. 

How Do You Store Reheated Hard Taco Shells?

Reheating hard taco shells is easy enough. However, reheating for the second time may present some challenges. A simple way to keep their opening nice and wide is to stuff a ball of aluminum foil in between the edges before putting in the fridge. 

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