How to reheat fried food in the oven?

In this article, we will answer the question “How to reheat fried food in the oven?”, and how to safely warm up leftovers?

How to reheat fried food in the oven?

First, preheat the oven to 400℉ for 15-20 minutes. Place the fried food on the rack or a baking sheet to let it get crispy in the dry heat. This way the fried food won’t absorb extra oil and thus extra calories. Reheat for about 10-20 minutes depending on the food. 

How to safely warm up leftovers?


Seafood must be heated for a very short time in a low heat. A temperature high or low by a few degrees or over extended holding time will lead to overheating of your fish dishes. Heat until just warm.


When reehating pizza, place the whole pizza on the oven rack and place it in the oven. Alternatively, put it on a preheated pizza stone. 

If you only have a slice or two of pizza that you want to reehat, just place it on a greased and preehated skillet. Keep it on the stovetop with the lid on. You will get a crispy crust and melted cheese on top.


The best way to reheat rice and quinoa is in the microwave. To do so, add a splash or 1-2 tsp of wate rin the rice of quinoa. Pour it on a microwave-safe plate and put it in the microwave. The added water will steam the rice making them nice and fluffy.

French fries

French fries can be reheated by spreading them on the rackor simply reheat them for 1-2 minutes under the broiler.

Mashed potatoes 

Double broiler is the best option to reheat mashed potatoes as It keeps them from separating. To make a makeshift double broiler, adjust a metal bowl over a pan full of simmering water. 

This method will warm the dish without burning it. It can also be used to melt butter or cream.

Mistakes everyone makes when reheating fried food

Improper storage 

Do not keep your fried food in airtight container. Instead use Styrfoam containers, vented cardboard box or food storage container or simply a paper towel. All these options do not trap moisture. Plus paper towels absorb the excess oil.

Do not reehat fried food in microwave. Instead use an ocean instead. The method to reehat fried food in the oven is described above in the article.

What type of food should be reheated in the oven or toaster oven?

Oven or toaster ovevn ensures even heating. Reehat at temperature no more than 350℉. Wrap your food with a piece of foil f you fear It will dry out. The following foods reheat well in the toaster ovenor an oven.

Crusty breads 

Reehat the french bread in a prehated oven at 350℉ for 5-10 minutes. The bread will be crunchy from the outside and soft form the inside again.

Fried or breaded foods

If you want to keep the crispiness of the fried or breaded food intact, always reehat them in an oven or toaster oven at 350℉.

Baked goods 

Tarts, muffins, cookies, pies and all the other baked goods are best reheated in the oven for just a few minutes.

Roasted or grilled meats 

BBQ chicken or toher types of meat can be reheated in the oven. They will be warm, tender, juicy and won’t overcook.

You also can cook on a rusty grill.


Go low and slow when It comes to rehetaing seafood. Nobody likes overcooked seafood. Therefore, never reheat the seafood in the microwave.


As already mentioned above, go with the oven If you are reheating a whole pizza. For reehtaing 1-2 slices, stovetop method is the way to go.

Grilled sandwiches

Grilled chees esandwiches or panini should be crisp form the outside and warm all the ebay through the inside. This can be accomplished only by reheating it in the oven.

Foods to reheat in the microwave 

Foods that do not have a crips texture are best reheated in a microwave including soups, stews, sautes, stir-fries, steamed or boiled vegetables, rice, pasta, noodles and casseroles etc. to properly reehat food in the microwave, follow the instructions below:

  • Spread the food evenly in a microwave-safe dish or plte. Cover it with a damp paper towel to hel create steam and prevent the food for drying out.
  • Stir the food after equal intervals to avoid hot spots and promote even heating.
  • It is recommended to not reehat more than one type of food at the same time in the microwave. 


In this article, we answered the question “How to reheat fried food in the oven?”, and how to safely warm up leftovers?


Hello, I'm Sana Ameer. I'm a student of Food Science and Technology at UVAS. I like to bake and I aspire to become a Food blogger.