If you’re an egg lover, you probably end up with leftovers quite often. It’s so easy, especially on a weekend morning to make huge bunches of eggs with lots of good stuff mixed in.
But what to do with the leftovers? Are leftover eggs even good?
Yes! Leftover eggs can be great. In fact, they can be as good as the first time you had them. The trick is to figure out how to reheat eggs using a method that preserves their quality.
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Can You Reheat Eggs?
You can absolutely reheat eggs. You can reheat anything that has been refrigerated or frozen. And leftovers are a great way to minimize waste.
But there are some methods for reheating that when employed turn out less than edible food. That can be a disaster when you so enjoyed the food you’re trying to reheat the first time.
For example, microwaving deep-fried, breaded leftovers often results in soggy, lukewarm food that you’d rather not look at much less eat. You would be much better off using the oven or an air fryer.
Likewise, baked and grilled foods are often better returned to the oven or the grill for reheating.
With eggs, we are likely looking at a similar situation, where an appliance like the oven or even an air fryer is the best method for reheating.
Should You Reheat Eggs?
First, let’s talk about whether you should reheat eggs.
Anytime, you reheat a food, you want to think about the health implications. Mishandling certain foods can lead to foodborne illness, something we all want to avoid.
So, before you start reheating your food, make sure you do your own research to be sure you don’t make yourself sick.
You can get started by checking out what the Food and Drug Administration has to say about egg safety.
How to Reheat Eggs in the Oven
Reheating eggs in the oven takes a bit of time, but the results are worth it. Follow these steps to reheat eggs in the oven:
- Preheat your oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Put your leftover eggs in a greased, oven, safe dish. Cover your dish, either with a lid or with aluminum foil.
- When your oven is ready, put the eggs in the covered pan into the oven.
- After 10 minutes, check on your eggs. If they are not warm enough to your liking, put them back in the oven for another 5 minutes.
- Keep an eye on your eggs to make sure you take them out of the oven when they are warm but not dried out.
How to Reheat Eggs in the Microwave
Reheating eggs in the microwave takes almost no time at all. Follow these directions to get the best results when reheating eggs in the microwave:
- Put your eggs in a microwave-safe bowl or on a microwave-safe plate. Cover the eggs with a piece of damp paper towel.
- Turn your microwave to 50% power and begin heating your eggs 30 seconds at a time, checking on them until they are steaming.
- Once you notice the steam rising, remove the bowl or plate from the microwave and drain off any excess water.
How to Reheat in an Air Fryer
Anyone with an air fryer will tell you that eggs are amazing coming out of an air fryer. For tasty results, follow these steps to reheat eggs in an air fryer:
- Heat your air fryer to 250 degrees Fahrenheit and add your eggs for 10 minutes.
- Be sure to check on your eggs every few minutes until they’re heated through.
- Don’t overheat your eggs. Overheating will suck the moisture out of your eggs, leaving them rubbery.
How to Reheat Eggs on a Grill
So you made a big batch of eggs while out camping and now you’re wondering about reheating eggs on the grill. Simple. You just follow these same procedures you did to make them on the grill in the first place:
Create small trays or boats with aluminum foil and reheat the eggs in small batches, ensuring the food gets heated all the way through.
If you’re on a flat grill with temperature control, simply follow the instructions for reheating eggs in a pan on the stove below. Just be sure to turn your grill temperature to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
If you’re dealing with a grate, like out in the woods, bring your charcoal or your wood to a nice roaring fire, then let it settle down.
- Place your aluminum foil trays on the grate and allow them to warm up.
- Add your eggs in small batches to your trays.
- Carefully turn your eggs in their trays for the next few minutes until they are heated through.
How to Reheat Eggs in a Toaster Oven
A toaster oven can be a great choice if you have a smaller batch of eggs to reheat. Follow these directions to reheat eggs in a toaster oven.
- Bring the appliance to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Place your eggs in a baking dish that fits in your toaster oven.
- Add a bit of butter to the top of your eggs to keep them moist.
- Cover your baking dish with foil and place it in the toaster oven.
- Give the process about 15-20 minutes.
- Check on your eggs every 10 minutes or so to be sure they’re heated through.
How to Reheat Eggs in a Pan on the Stove
To reheat eggs on the stove, you want to mimic the original cooking process without getting your eggs greasy or having them turn rubbery. For the best results, follow these steps for reheating eggs in a pan on the stove.
- Set a skillet on your stove and turn your heat to low.
- Add a bit of olive oil or butter to the bottom of the pan just to prevent sticking.
- Put your eggs in the pan and add a touch of water to the tops of your eggs.
- Stir the eggs around the pan for no more than 3-4 minutes.
Consider covering your eggs with a lid to keep them from drying out.
WINNER – The Best Way to Reheat Eggs Is Using the Air Fryer!
In the end, the best way to reheat eggs is, hands-down, using the air fryer. It is the quickest method but also will not dry out your eggs or leave them rubbery.
If you don’t have an air fryer and you love eggs, it sounds like it might be time to get one.
What’s your favorite way to reheat egg leftovers? Leave your tips for reheating eggs in the comments below. I love to hear from my readers!