How To Reheat Fufu [How To Dough It Right!]

How To Reheat Fufu

Fufu is a favorite dish to many West Africans, yet there are many theories about how to reheat it correctly. I’ve personally enjoyed many versions of fufu in my trips around Africa and also in the Caribbean Here are my favorite methods of reheating this staple enjoyed in many countries inside the African continent and beyond.

For those not familiar with this dish, it is a sort of dough made from boiled and ground plantains, casava, and other roots and is a staple in many West and Central African countries. It is often made into balls and added to soups and stews.

Many people prefer to eat it while cold, not knowing that they can easily warm it to restore its initial wholesome and sweet taste. There are numerous advantages to learning how to reheat leftover fufu, and convenience is definitely one of them. What could be easier than reheating a meal that’s already been prepared? By reheating your fufu leftovers, you can enjoy a delicious and hassle-free meal in no time. So how can you reheat your leftover fufu?

There are many ways you can reheat fufu without making it hard or dry. They include steaming, microwaving, on the stovetop, in an oven, and air fryer. Always thaw your fufu before reheating.

1. How to Reheat Fufu in a Steamer

Steaming is an effective and simple method. It is recommended because it is quite effective. So how do you steam your leftover fufu?

  1. Pour ½ inch of water in a saucepan and put it on the stove. Then place a steamer basket on the pot. 
  2. Evenly lay out the fufu balls on the steamer and avoid overlaying. Ensure the food does not come in contact with water. 
  3. Let the water boil, and after 10 to 15 minutes, your food should be ready.
  4. Carefully take the steamer basket from the pot, then serve the fufu while hot. 

2. How to Reheat Fufu in a Microwave

Microwaving is another standard method of reheating food, but it is not ideal for some individuals because it can easily make fufu hard under the wrong temperature. To retain the texture of your leftover fufu:

  1. Place the fufu in a microwave-safe bowl and drizzle some water on it to prevent drying out.
  2. Then using paper towels or parchment paper, cover the food to preserve heat and humidity.
  3. Warm the food for 30-second intervals while turning it over to avoid uneven heating or burning at medium heat.
  4. Gauge the fufu’s temperature and if you aren’t satisfied, warm it up a bit more. 
  5. When ready, serve with any soup or stew of your preference. 

3. How to Reheat Fufu Over a Stove

The stove method is the most common method of reheating fufu because it is convenient and easy for many. To reheat your leftover fufu on the stovetop:

  1. You can choose cut your fufu into smaller pieces and place them in a large cooking pot. It is recommended to cut them as it is easier to reheat them this way. 
  2. Add a little bit of water, oil or stock to the pot and toss them in the liquid until moistened all over.
  3. Put the pot with your fufu inside, on the stove at medium heat.
  4. Cover the pot and let the food simmer for a few minutes.
  5. After a minute or two, remove the lid, then using a wooden spoon, stir to ensure the fufu is evenly heated.
  6. Let the fufu heat up for 3 or 4 minutes and check the temperature.
  7. When hot, serve. 

4. How to Reheat Fufu in an Oven

Unknown to many, it is possible to reheat fufu in a traditional oven or toaster oven. Here are detailed instructions on how to go about it:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Line a baking sheet using foil and place your fufu in the tray.
  3. Cover the fufu with a foil or dampened paper towel and place it in the oven.
  4. Reheat for about 10 to 15 minutes and if it is not warm enough, feel free to heat it some more. 
  5. When ready, serve with egusi or peanut (groundnut) soup.

5. How to Reheat Fufu in an Air Fryer

Air-fried fufu can be just as good as a freshly prepared one. However, it would be best not to heat it too long because it will turn hard and unappetising. This method is perfect for warming food directly from the fridge. 

  1. Preheat the fryer at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  2. Put a little oil in the fryer, add the fufu and toss it in the oil. 
  3. Heat the food for about 5 minutes and check it.
  4. When done, take the fufu and place it on a paper towel to remove some of the oil.
  5. Place it into the fryer and warm for an additional 5 minutes.
  6. The outcome should be golden brown, evenly warmed fufu.
  7. Serve and enjoy!


1. How to Store Leftover Fufu

To store leftover fufu, you should cover the it in plastic wraps so as not to get wet, or dry out in the fridge. Next, place them in an airtight container or freezer-safe bags. Store them in the refrigerator for a maximum of five days. 

2. How Can You Avoid Overcooking Fufu when Reheating?

Always gauge your fufu to determine its consistency. That is why it is advisable to reheat it at short intervals to check its firmness and temperature. Make certain to stir your fufu while reheating to avoid burning. 

3. What are the Different Types of Fufu Throughout the World?

In West Africa, cassava or yam fufu is prevalent and it is pounded into a smooth, dough-like consistency. In Nigeria, pounded yam fufu is popular. Ghana offers banku, made from fermented corn and cassava dough. In Central Africa, fufu is often made of plantains or cassava. In Eastern Africa, Ugali, a corn-based fufu (that is similar to the Italian dish polenta), dominates, while Southern Africa calls it’s fufu “sadza” and it is also made of corn. Varieties extend beyond Africa, with Caribbean nations like Jamaica offering their version, known as “fufu” or “foo-foo,” typically made with green bananas or yams.


Reheating fufu is a straightforward process that can bring back the warmth and comfort of this traditional African staple. Throughout this guide, we’ve explored various methods, from steaming and boiling to using a microwave, each offering a different approach to achieve the desired results. Whether you prefer the convenience of the microwave or the authenticity of traditional reheating methods, the key is to maintain the texture and flavor that make fufu a beloved dish.

As you navigate the world of reheating fufu, consider experimenting with different methods to find what works best for you. With a little care and attention, you can enjoy a freshly warmed plate of fufu that captures the essence of homemade goodness.

Ready to give these reheating methods a try?

Share your experiences and any additional tips you may have in the comments below. If you have friends or family who adore fufu, be sure to pass along this guide so they can also enjoy the art of reheating this comforting dish. Let’s keep the warmth of fufu alive in every bite!

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