It’s silly to think about it, right? Who worries about the right way to reheat bread?
But we bread lovers know that good bread, really good bread, is so much more than just bread. With complex flavors, a soft texture with a slightly crusty outside, some with added herbs, bread is the ultimate comfort food.
It is a companion to both sweet and savory dishes, essential for sandwiches, and a great stand-alone dish with a thick layer of delicious butter.
So, what is the method to reheat bread?
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Can You Reheat Bread?
First you need to know that yes, you can reheat bread. Perhaps with an inferior loaf or the wrong appliance, reheated bread can end up tasting flat, come out too hard, or end up rubbery, but as long as you follow the right steps with each appliance, you can absolutely reheat your bread to perfection.
The truth is, you can reheat any food that has been refrigerated or frozen, and bread is no exception. In general, foods that have been breaded or fried are best reheated in an air fryer or in the oven, and foods that have been baked or grilled are often best reheated back on the grill or in the oven.
So you see, it’s all about finding the right appliance.
With bread, we are probably going to find the best appliance for reheating is the oven, but it’s worth exploring all of our options.
Should You Reheat Bread?
When it comes to food safety and foodborne illnesses, there is not likely to be anything to worry about when it comes to bread. Unless, of course, the bread is riddled with mold or mildew, you won’t have concerns about dairy or poultry.
Still, it is a good idea to do your own research when reheating bread or any leftovers. To get you started, I linked this BBC article on what you need to know about reheating takeaways.
How to Reheat Bread in the Oven
Reheating bread in the oven is simply putting it back where it came from, so whether you’ve already sliced into it, or you’re reheating a loaf in its entirety, the oven will get you that soft interior and crispy exterior that makes bread so amazing.
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Remove the bread from any wrapping then wrap it in aluminum foil. This approach will get maximum results and is true whether you are dealing with a loaf or individual slices.
- Place the wrapped bread on the oven rack in the center of the oven.
- Heat for about 15 minutes, and check to see if bread is soft to the touch with a crispy crust.
How to Reheat Bread in the Microwave
Reheating bread in the microwave is a bit trickier than other methods as you can end up with a rock hard loaf or rubbery texture.
To avoid awful outcomes, you’ll heat your bread next to a small bowl of water.
- Put a small bowl with 3 tablespoons of water in the microwave and heat on high for 1 minute.
- Place two paper towels, layered, on a microwave-safe plate, and place the bread on top of the paper towels. Then, cover the bread loosely with a slightly damp paper towel.
- Place the bread next to the bowl of water in the microwave and heat on low power for 10 seconds. Turn the bread over and heat for another 10 seconds. Make sure the bread is still covered with the damp paper towel.
- If the bread is still not done, you can continue to flip every 10 seconds until it is ready.
How to Reheat Bread in an Air Fryer
The air fryer might be the quickest and easiest way to reheat your bread.
- Preheat the air fryer to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Place the bread directly into the air fryer, in slices if necessary.
- Heat for 1-2 minutes.
- Turn your bread and reheat for another 1-2 minutes, and your bread should be ready to serve!
How to Reheat Bread on a Grill
If you happen to be outside having a barbecue for some reason, and feeling like your leftover bread will make a good addition to the meal, reheating bread on a grill can offer excellent results.
- Set your grill to medium and allow it to preheat for a half hour.
- Slice the bread and place the bread slices directly onto the grill.
- Cook for 2 minutes, then flip and cook for another 2 minutes.
- Serve and enjoy!
How to Reheat Bread in a Toaster Oven
Sometimes, the toaster oven is the only appliance you have to work with, and we can totally make it work!
- Preheat your toaster oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and wrap your bread in aluminum foil.
- Alternatively, you can place bread slices directly on the toaster oven rack to get it crispy.
- Cook for about 10 minutes then check the bread for a soft texture and crispy outside. You can always put it back in the oven for another 5 minutes if necessary.
How to Reheat Bread in a Pan on the Stove
Using a pan on the stove can be a fabulous way to reheat bread, especially if you plan to place an egg on top!
- Heat a skillet to medium-high on the stove. Coat the pan with a bit of olive oil and a bit of butter.
- Place a bread slice in the pan and cook for a couple of minutes until crispy on one side. Flip the bread and allow it to cook for another minute or so.
- Add an egg or whatever toppings you like.
- Serve and enjoy!
WINNER – The Best Way to Reheat Bread Is Using the Oven
This one is tough! There are so many great ways to reheat bread, but if you are looking to return the bread to its original state, the oven is definitely going to be your best bet.
Of course, you can choose any of the other options, and still end up with an amazing dish.
What do you think? Do you have any best tips for reheating bread? Let me know in the comments. I love to hear from my readers.