How to Reheat Spring Rolls - Expert Insights

by Amy

June 4, 2021

When talking about spring rolls, people often just think about those transparent Vietnamese spring rolls, and reheating them can be a pain. However, spring rolls are available in different varieties, the fried ones being the most common ones available in the market.

While there are not many reheating methods available for the transparent spring rolls, there are a few effective reheating methods for the fried spring rolls.

Here are some of the best methods you can use to reheat your spring rolls to restore their crispness and original taste, and flavor.

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Methods to Reheat Spring Rolls

As mentioned before, there are two primary types of spring rolls — the traditional rice paper Vietnamese spring rolls and the fried spring rolls. While the former one is often eaten cold, eating it right out of the freezer won’t taste as good as you’d expect. 

Reheating Rice Paper Spring Rolls

traditional rice paper Vietnamese spring rolls
  • For this, start by switching on your double steamer or bamboo steamer that you have at home.
  • Spread out the leftover rice paper spring rolls on a plate.
  • Place the plate inside the steamer and let it steam for 1-2 minutes, keeping an eye out on the progress.
  • You don’t want to overcook the rice paper because then it’ll end up sticking to the plate and fall apart.

Reheating Fried Spring Rolls

While there aren’t many ways to reheat the rice paper spring rolls, there are a few methods that you can follow for the fried spring rolls. The majority of them are quick and easy and restores the original taste and flavor of the spring roll like you tasted them initially.

#1 On the Pan

Just because we’re reheating on a pan doesn’t mean that we’re about to deep fry the spring rolls again. That is the absolute last thing you want to do. Deep frying spring rolls make them soggy, oily, and unhealthy. Instead, follow the steps mentioned below:

  • Take a non-stick pan and place it on the kitchen hob for 2 minutes on medium flame to let it heat up.
  • Once the pan is hot enough, add 2-3 teaspoons of oil to the pan and let it heat up substantially before you place the fried spring rolls.
  • Line out the spring rolls on the pan, ensuring that they don’t overlap each other.
  • Over the medium flame, reheat the spring rolls for 2-3 minutes on each side till it crisps up from the outside again.

#2 In the Oven

If you don’t want to add any more oil for the reheating process and instead want to stick to the healthier variants, a traditional oven or toaster oven is considered the best method. Here’s what you can do:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees for 2-3 minutes.
  • In the meantime, you can prepare an oven-safe dish and line it with aluminum foil for even reheating.
  • Spread out the fried spring rolls on the foil, leaving enough space between them to ensure that it reheats and crisps up from all the sides.
  • Bake the leftover spring rolls for 8-10 minutes, flipping them halfway through the process.

#3 In the Microwave

fried spring rolls

If you aren’t very particular about the fried spring rolls’ texture and crunch, microwaving them is the easiest and fastest method. Ensure that you either cover the microwave-safe plate with aluminum foil to avoid oil spillage inside the microwave. As for the process, follow the steps:

  • Start by transferring the leftover fried spring rolls to a microwave-safe plate and then cover them with aluminum foil.
  • Once done, microwave them for 30-45 seconds in the first round and check if they are done reheating from the center.
  • If the center of the spring roll is still cold, put them back in the microwave for another 15-20 seconds.

#4 In the Airfryer

Much like an oven, you can also use an air fryer for a quick and hassle feel reheating the leftover spring rolls. Air fryers don’t require any additional oil, making them a lot healthier than microwave or stovetop. Here’s what you can do:

  • Preheat your air fryer at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 2 minutes.
  • Once it is done preheating, line the air fryer’s basket with baking paper and then place the spring rolls on it, ensuring they have enough space between them for uniform reheating.
  • Reheat the spring rolls in the air fryer for 7-8 minutes, checking them halfway to see if they are reheating from the center or not.
  • Once done, take them out of the air fryer and enjoy with your favorite condiment.

How to Reheat Frozen Spring Rolls?

If you have frozen your leftover spring rolls, you must let them thaw first in the refrigerator overnight. Once they are done thawing, you can take them out of the fridge and then follow any of the reheating methods mentioned above.

Freezing cooked spring rolls should only be done for a maximum of 48 hours. Not only will this make them inedible, but it also changes the taste as well! If you’re planning on freezing your cooked food, however, you’ll want to pack these items up tightly so that any kind of moisture doesn’t seep into the package and ruin them.

A general rule is anything over two days should not come close to being frozen.

Conclusion

Reheating spring rolls isn’t as difficult as it often seems. All you have to do is follow the right method and the correct technique to achieve the desired texture and crispiness on the exterior of the spring roll wrapper.

And remember, while you can choose almost any method for reheating your spring rolls, deep-frying your leftover spring rolls is a big NO!

While you can choose any of these reheating methods to enjoy your leftover spring rolls, it would be best not to deep fry them because this just isn’t a healthy way of eating these delicious food items that we all love so much!

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About the author 

Amy

Hey! I'm Amy, the founder of FoodLve.com. Well, we all love food and I want to heighten your understanding of it! I started working about 8 years ago and realized that there is so so much to learn about food. Since then I haven't stopped. My motto is to "never stop learning."

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