How to Reheat Fried Clams [Crispy Comfort Food, Take 2]

How To Reheat Fried Clams

Fried clams are a delicious dish that can be ordered from restaurants or prepared from the comfort of one’s home. They taste unbelievingly amazing when dipped in cocktail sauce. This food is too precious for you to toss out its leftovers because of not knowing how to reheat it. I’ll give you some cues on the best way to warm this food up.

You can reheat fried clams in an oven, air fryer, microwave, skillet, and broiler. Fried food is prone to falling apart or becoming soggy when poorly warmed, and nobody wants soggy clams! The oven is your best bet for reheating fried clams, giving a crispy and delicious outcome.

Clams are one of the highly perishable foods, even when fried, so how you store your food is crucial. It is best to store them in the fridge or freezer to enhance their lifespan. 

1. Reheating Fried Clams in an Oven

How to Reheat Fried Clams

Most fried kinds of seafood are best reheated in the oven to retain their flavor and crispy texture. Always adjust the cooking time per the size of the clams you want to reheat. You should never warm the food for an extended period lest you end up with a rubbery outcome. 

  1. Thaw or defrost the food if it is coming from the fridge. 
  2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  3. Line an oven-safe dish or tin with foil, then evenly spread out the clams in it. 
  4. Next, place them in the oven and bake for 10 minutes. 
  5. Remove the food from the oven and let it stand for 3 minutes.
  6. Your clams should be ready to serve. 

2. Reheating Fried Clams in an Air Fryer

Reheating Fried Clams

After the oven medium, this method is the second-best, especially when it comes to obtaining crispiness. It is also high-speed and undemanding. To reheat your leftover fried clams in an air-fryer:

  1. Cover the clams using parchment paper or aluminum foil to avoid messing up the fryer.
  2. Place the food in the fryer basket and reheat for 3-5 minutes at a temperature of 375-400 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  3. Check if the food is crispy or warmed to your liking. If not, heat for an additional 1-2 minutes. Remember, too much heating may burn the food. 
  4. Take the food from the fryer and let it cool before unwrapping.
  5. Serve and enjoy. 

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3. Reheating Fried Clams in a Microwave

Like air frying, microwaving takes minimal cooking time, but it isn’t the best option. You can use some tricks to minimize the chances of your food ending up soggy, for instance, covering with parchment paper or dampened paper towels and warming the food in short time increments. 

  1. Place the fried clamps in a microwave-safe dish and cover it. Do not use aluminum foil because electric charges flow through metal and might cause an accident. 
  2. Place the food in the microwave and warm it at 30 seconds intervals. 
  3. When ready, serve and enjoy.

Microwaving is quite tricky since you can realize that some parts aren’t well reheated. If you have a traditional or toaster oven, I advise you to use them instead. 

4. Reheating Fried Clams on a Skillet

The skillet method is ideal for reheating deep-fried seafood. However, you must keep an eye on the food because it may burn and become unpalatable. Here is a guide on how to go about it:

  1. Place a skillet pan on the stove and heat it for a minute on medium-low heat.
  2. Add a little oil to the skillet, then add the clams.
  3. Heat the food for 3 minutes while tossing it up, so it attains heat evenly. 
  4. Using a food thermometer, gauge the food’s internal temperature. When it gets to 145 degrees Fahrenheit, please remove it from the stove and let it cool. 
  5. Serve and enjoy. 
How to Reheat Fried Clams on a Skillet

5. Reheating Fried Clams in a Broiler

The broiler method is not imminent, yet it is worth trying. You have to use your oven, but it should be in a broiler setting. It takes approximately five minutes and results in a crunchy and delectable outcome.

  1. Prep a baking sheet by lining it with foil.
  2. Sprinkle the tray with a little bit of oil, then evenly spread out the clams in it. 
  3. Put the food in the oven and broil for 2-3 seconds.
  4. Flip the clams over and broil for the same duration. 
  5. When ready, take the tray out and let it sit on the kitchen counter for a few minutes. 
  6. Prepare your sauce and enjoy your meal.


In closing, before using any of these reheating methods, ensure to thaw your clams in the refrigerator overnight. But if you wish to defrost it faster, you can use a microwave or place it in an airtight plastic bag then submerge it in water. 

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