While leftover chili might be a super simple reheating process, what about the cornbread?
Fresh from the oven, soft, moist cornbread is a true treat, and it has stuck around in the American dinner alongside chili and other dishes for hundreds of years.
But which method is best for reheating cornbread?
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Can You Reheat Corn Bread?
First, is it even possible?
Can you reheat corn bread?
It’s a fair question. Reheating bread is difficult to master.
Fortunately, it’s not impossible.
It really depends on the food and the approach.
For foods that have been baked or grilled, it is usually best to reheat them using the oven or the grill again. To reheat foods that have been fried or breaded, the best approach is usually the oven or the air fryer.
For corn bread, our best bet is likely going to be the oven, but let’s take a look at our options.
Should You Reheat Corn Bread?
When it comes to foodborne illness and safe handling, you are unlikely to get into trouble when trying to reheat corn bread.
What could go wrong after only a day or even a few days with bread?
In any event, don’t take any chances yourself, and certainly don’t take this site as an authority on food safety.
Always do your own research when it comes to reheating any food.
To get you started, I have linked this article from the BBC on what you need to know about reheating takeaways.
How to Reheat Corn Bread in the Oven
Reheating corn bread in an oven is probably the best approach as it will not dry out your bread, but it will heat it through slowly and surely.
To reheat your corn bread in the oven, follow these steps:
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Slice up your corn bread into individual slices if it is not in that state already.
- Arrange your corn bread slices spaced apart in an oven-safe baking dish.
- Cover the dish with aluminum foil to lock in moisture and prevent burning.
- Heat for 10 minutes or until warmed through.
How to Reheat Corn Bread in the Microwave
While the microwave is not the best approach for many, many foods, due to drying out, creating rubbery meat or fish, or just making a soggy dish, corn bread actually stands a good chance.
- Use these directions to reheat your corn bread in the microwave.
- Wrap a single serving loosely in a damp paper towel.
- Set your microwave to 50% power.
- Heat the corn bread in its wrapping on a microwave-safe plate at half power for 1 minute. At that point, it should be heated through.
How to Reheat Corn Bread in an Air Fryer
Reheating corn bread in an air fryer is relatively fast and will give you a bit of a crust on the outside, which can be quite tasty.
- Preheat your air fryer to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Place your individual serving of corn bread in the air fryer basket and put a pat of butter on top of the slice.
- Heat for 10 minutes.
- Serve and enjoy!
How to Reheat Corn Bread on a Grill
While I would not recommend breaking out your grill to reheat this dish, or most dishes, reheating corn bread on a grill can actually turn out a great dish.
So, if you already have your grill fired up, you can absolutely use it for this purpose.
- Get a low flame going on your grill.
- Wrap individually sliced servings of corn bread in aluminum foil, each with a pat of butter on top of the bread.
- Place the individually wrapped slices on the grill and close the lid.
- Check on your corn bread after 10 minutes to be sure it is warmed through.
How to Reheat Corn Bread in a Toaster Oven
The toaster oven is a sadly underrated appliance that has saved the leftovers of many college students around the country.
You can reheat your corn bread in the toaster oven as well as you can in the oven.
- Preheat the toaster oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Slice your corn bread into individual servings.
- Place your corn bread on a small baking sheet and cover the top with aluminum foil to lock in moisture.
- Place the baking sheet in the toaster oven and reheat for 15 minutes.
- Serve and enjoy!
How to Reheat Corn Bread in a Pan on the Stove
You might never think of reheating corn bread in a pan on the stove, but it could be your new favorite way to get it done! Just follow these easy steps:
- Heat a skillet to medium heat on the stove.
- Add a couple pats of butter to the skillet and allow them to melt to cover the bottom of the pan.
- Add individually sliced pieces of corn bread to the pan and cook on one side for 4 minutes.
- Flip the corn bread slices and cook for another 2 minutes.
- Serve and enjoy!
WINNER – The Best Way to Reheat Corn Bread Is Using the Stovetop
It’s got to be the stovetop!
Who doesn’t want a piece of moist, buttery, warm corn bread with a griddled, crusty outside?
No one. That’s who.
So, get out your skillet and your butter and get to work!
What do you think? Do you have tips for reheating corn bread? Let me know in the comments section below.