Can you defrost naan bread in the microwave?

In this brief guide, we will discuss the following question, “can you defrost naan bread in the microwave?”  and other queries related to this topic.

Can you defrost naan bread in the microwave? 

Yes, you can defrost and heat naan bread in the microwave. However, be careful about the time needed in the microwave to be heated to avoid overheating the bread and thus having dry unpalatable bread.

Generally, naan bread needs between thirty to ninety seconds in the microwave to be fully defrosted. However, divide the whole time needed into sets of a maximum of fifteen minutes. Like that, you can check on it regularly to make sure that the naan is perfectly heated.

Hence, to be only heated and not to defrost the naan bread, it will need about ten and fifteen seconds in the microwave. Also, the time depends on the power of your microwave and the number of bread pieces you want to heat. 

To defrost the naan bread in the microwave, you need to wrap the piece of bread with a wet paper towel. This way will allow the bread to retain its moisture and not turn dry and hard. Check on it regularly and keep repeating this method until the naan bread is hot enough.

Moreover, the more pieces you want to thaw and heat the more you need time for defrosting. Also, to check if the piece of naan bread is hot enough, try to fold it. So, if the bread has folded perfectly without cracking, that means it is perfect to be served and consumed.

However, if you feel that it is still hard, place it once again in the microwave for an extra ten to fifteen minutes. In addition, once the time is up remove the naan bread immediately from the microwave to avoid getting a hard and dry piece of bread.

Furthermore, some people top their naan bread with butter or ghee. So, you can choose one of these products to add to your warm bread to give the naan bread an extra crispy texture and more intense flavors.

Make sure before defrosting your naan bread in the microwave that the plate you have already put the naan bread on is microwave safe. Additionally, do not put plastic, styrofoam, or paper containers in the microwave.

Can I reheat naan bread in the oven?

Reheating frozen naan bread in the oven is a very good way to have hot and tasty bread. So, first, you should preheat your oven at a high temperature which is 400 degrees Fahrenheit or 200 degrees celsius for a maximum of ten minutes.

Then, put your naan bread over a tray lined with a baking sheet or parchment paper. After that, sprinkle some water on the top of them and wrap your pieces of bread with aluminum or foil paper to preserve their moisture. 

Next, place your tray on the middle shelf in the oven and leave it for five to ten minutes. Hence, the time needed to defrost and reheat your naan bread depends on the quantity you have already placed on the tray. The higher the quantity the more the time needed.

Afterward, when they are completely thawed and heated remove the tray from the oven. However, if you want your naan bread to be crispy, remove the foil paper and keep it for an extra two to three minutes in the oven. Also, you can add some butter or ghee on the top.

Can I reheat naan bread on the stove?

Yes, you can reheat naan bread on the stove. However, the bread should not be frozen. So, before reheating the bread you should thaw it first and then transfer the defrosted piece of bread into a pan to be heated on the stove.

Place the naan bread in a preheated skillet. Then turn it into low heat and keep it for about ten seconds or until bubbles will form. However, make sure to not burn the bread or to not keep it for a long time until it becomes dry and unpalatable.

Turn your naan bread piece to the other side and let it heat for about thirty minutes or until warm. After that, if you want your bread to be crispy, leave it for extra seconds until it reaches the texture you need, then serve it warm to be better enjoyed.

How to store naan bread?

To store your fresh naan bread without losing its taste and quality, leave it at room temperature in an air-tight freezer bag or container. This way, the bread can last for up to three days while preserving its texture, taste, and quality.

However,  if you want to keep it for more than three days, consider storing it in the freezer where it can last for almost two months. Moreover, if your naan bread has been topped with butter or ghee it is recommended to store it in the fridge where it can last for an extra few days.


In this brief guide, we discussed the following question, “can you defrost naan bread in the microwave?” and other queries related to this topic.


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